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by Caitlin Saniga

The Regency Room's peanut soup is a Roanoke gourmet classic.

The Regency Room’s peanut soup is a Roanoke gourmet classic. While most of the restaurant’s menu changes with the seasons, the peanut soup remains on the menu year-round.

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by Caitlin Saniga

We served a couple of huge trays of Al’s chicken paprikash at my sister Holly’s graduation party a few years ago. The food was a fan favorite among guests and is widely popular at the restaurant. Gourmet magazine wrote an article about the restaurant and related meat market in 2007.

I visited the restaurant the day Barberton was holding its annual Christmas lighting festival and parade. The place was packed with families trying to warm up with a hearty meal, but the service was fast-paced and friendly. Beth even made time to catch up with me and Mom. How do you like her festive, pink camo reindeer antlers?

I visited: Al’s Corner Restaurant, a lunch-only Hungarian restaurant open since 1932 in Barberton, Ohio, that serves stuffed cabbage rolls, pierogies, sausage, halushka, strudels, beer bread and, of course, chicken paprikash. Its sister business is Al’s Quality Market, which cranks out Hungarian, Slovenian and other sausages, as well as hams, smoked bacon, headcheese and more. My mom’s cousin Denny Gray and his wife, Beth, own and operate  both businesses.

Chicken paprikash also comes with a slice of bread and butter. My mom ordered stuffed cabbage (seen on the back plate) on our trip to Al's.

Chicken paprikash also comes with a slice of bread and butter. My mom ordered stuffed cabbage (seen on the back plate) on our trip to Al’s.

I tried: Chicken paprikash with dumplings. I had a choice of white, dark or mixed meat, so I chose white, which included a bone-in breast, wing and drumstick.

Why it stood out: Everything I’ve tried at Al’s has been spot-on. But I love that you can make a meal out of this plate of chicken paprikash. Like I mentioned, each serving includes several pieces of your choice of chicken meat, plus a number of golf ball-size dumplings drenched in a creamy paprika sauce.

It cost: $6

Al's is set up sort of like a cafeteria. Food is ordered from a display case of steaming hot trays, and diners sit at booths or a central horseshoe of barstools.

Al’s is set up sort of like a cafeteria. Food is ordered from a display case of steaming hot trays, and diners sit at booths or a central horseshoe of bar stools.

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Al’s Corner Restaurant
545 West Tuscarawas Ave.
Barberton, OH 44203
330-475-7978
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Al’s Quality Market
563 West Tuscarawas Ave.
Barberton, OH 44203
330-753-7216

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by Caitlin Saniga

Any time company comes to visit, I try to squeeze in a trip to Euro Bakery for some fresh, hot burek. It’s impressive to watch baker Bari Sinani prepare the pastries, and the burek, like this pepperoni and mozzarella version, is to die for. Heck, I don’t need visitors for an excuse to stop by Euro Bakery. I go somewhat regularly for lunch or on Saturdays during my trip to the Roanoke farmers market, which is across the street.

Bari and Elizabeta Sinani own and operate Euro Bakery in Roanoke. On most days, you can spot their young son curled up in the back of the kitchen, watching TV from a folding chair. Bari, who was born in Macedonia, owned a bakery in Serbia. In 2000, he and Elizabeta, of Bosnia, moved to Roanoke. The couple opened the original Euro Bakery in 2010. You can read more about the Sinanis and their business in this Roanoke Times article from 2010.

I visited: Euro Bakery, a vendor inside the City Market Building in downtown Roanoke, Va., that specializes in Middle-European baked goods. Most notable is the selection of burek, rolled pastries made from fresh-tossed phyllo dough and filled with an assortment of goodies, including beef and onion, spinach and cheese, and my new favorite: pepperoni and mozzarella. Also available is a selection of baked goods such as braided breads, pretzels, crescent rolls, dark chocolate-filled rolls, baklava and tiramisu.

Elizabeta uses a rocking knife to cut burek into bite-size pieces.

I tried: This time, I had the pepperoni and mozzarella burek with marinara dipping sauce. But I’ve also tried and have been a fan of just about every type of burek they serve, including many of the specials.

Why it stood out: Bari Sinani, owner and baker at Euro Bakery, makes his own phyllo dough. Each pastry starts out as a small disc of dough that he works into a fine sheet by pressing out onto a flat surface with buttered hands and then lifting and tossing in the air. It’s an eye-catching spectacle. He says many people who prepare and sell burek, even in Turkey where it originates, use frozen dough. His burek is special because everything is fresh and it’s always served hot from the oven, so it’s totally crispy and flaky.

Bari tosses some fresh phyllo dough before rolling it full of beef and onions.

It cost: $5.50

Find out more:
Euro Bakery
32 Market Sqaure S.E.
Roanoke, VA 24011
540-344-0460
Euro Bakery on Facebook

*$6 Snacks is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried. Help our map grow by submitting your own review. Find out how!

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by Sarah Steimer

Bill and I went to Santa Fe, N.M., from a Tuesday through a Saturday in October/November. Guess what days the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market runs? Tuesdays and Saturdays. We rushed over to the market on Saturday before our we had to fly home and it was completely worth it. Our pre-flight meal wound up being these awesome vegan breakfast burritos from a vendor at the market.

I visited: The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Cafe. The Farmers’ Market itself opened in the 1960s and has grown into the hulking indoor/outdoor, year-young market it is today. The Farmers’ Market Cafe is located inside the market building and offers breakfast burritos, tamales, pastries and beverages. All benefits from the cafe go directly to the market itself.

The little cafe (and accompanying musician).

I tried: The vegan breakfast burrito, which included potatoes, onion, black beans, mushrooms and chiles.

Why it stood out: I’m not a vegan, and the other burritos did sound delicious (there were sausage, bacon, egg and carne options), but I was standing among tons of local produce. I wanted a burrito filled with all those things! It was great, and perfect with a cup of (organic) coffee before a long travel home.

It cost: $6 (Yahtzee!)

Find out more:
Santa Fe Farmers’ Market
1607 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
(505) 983-4098
http://www.santafefarmersmarket.com/

I couldn’t choose just a couple of pictures for this post! The market is both indoors and outdoors and has lots of cool, local items that I never get to see at my own market.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Borscht is often served a bright pink color with a dollop of sour cream, but the borscht at Veselka was more pure tasting with no cream, except if you specifically ordered it. The recipe, which I peeked at in the Veselka cookbook my aunt bought after falling in love with this soup, includes beets, pork, beef broth, carrots, celery, potatoes, cabbage and lima beans. And I think the green garnish is dill.

Red letters over the kitchen say “Veselka is love.” When I asked our waitress what Veselka means in Ukrainian, she said “rainbow.” And rainbows hold special significance for me.

I visited: Veselka, a 24-hour Ukrainian diner in East Village. Established in 1954, it specializes in pierogies (fried or boiled), stuffed cabbage, blintzes, kielbasa and borscht.

I tried: Among other delicious things, a small bowl of the borscht.

Why it stood out:When I walked into Veselka, every table was dotted with one or two bowls of borscht, but honestly,

I ordered a small plate each of boiled and fried pierogies, with fillings including mushroom and sauerkraut, potato, spinach and cheese and sweet potato. Each plate came with sides of apple sauce, sour cream and butter and onions and cost $6.95.

I wasn’t the one who ordered the traditional Ukranian beet soup. My Aunt Marci did, and after only one spoonful, she was happily howling her “My god, this is good” approval. She eventually walked out with the Veselka cookbook, for sale at the diner (and online), tucked under her arm.

It cost: A small bowl is $4.75; a large bowl is $6.25

Find out more:
Veselka

My Aunt Kay, Aunt Marci and I share a Ukranian heritage. We’re all about the pierogies, stuffed cabbage and borscht at Veselka.

144 Second Ave.
East Village NYC, NY 10003
212-228-9682
There’s also a newer location on East First Street just east of Bowery.
www.veselka.com

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by Caitlin Saniga

I fell in love with this pastry the moment I laid eyes on it. And it was the perfect snack after a long day of sightseeing in New York City. The brioche had a hint of sweet to it but was balanced nicely with the ham and cheese.

The bakery also offers custom orders on cakes for any occasion.

I visited: Corner Cafe & Bakery in New York City during a trip to see my aunt. I visited the bakery portion of the operation, where they stock a sparkling display case with pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, sweet breads and other sweet and savory baked goods, including my favorite, the brioche.

I tried: The ham and cheese brioche, a fluffy, buttery pastry — almost like a croissant — stuffed with thinly sliced ham and cheese

Why it stood out: I had just spent a long day in the city and needed to refuel a bit. The brioche looked like a luxury snack with a bit of protein to tide me over until dinner.

My aunt also picked up a couple of cupcakes and muffins. I took one of the blueberry muffins on the bus trip back home and was glad I had it. It seems the bakery does a nice job on both sweet and savory goods.

It cost: $4.50 (Insider’s tip: If you visit the bakery toward the end of the day, you can score great deals on cupcakes and brioches. I bought this ham and cheese brioche and scored a free regular brioche when I visited about 5 p.m.)

Find out more:
Corner Cafe & Bakery
1645 / 1659 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10128
212-860-8060
There’s also a location at 1246 Madison Avenue in New York.
www.cornercafe-bakery.com

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by guest blogger Jackie Valley

The bacon-wrapped stuffed dates are a fan favorite at Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar in Las Vegas.

Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar is a locally owned restaurant in Las Vegas that specializes in tapas and sangria.

I visited: Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar, a locally owned tapas restaurant in Las Vegas. It’s a favorite among locals seeking quality food and a fun atmosphere without the price tag of restaurants on the Strip. (And it has a killer red sangria.)

I tried: Stuffed dates (bacon-wrapped, smoked almond, red wine reduction, blue cheese)

Jackie (right) met up with Kristina, a buddy from college who was visiting Vegas, to try the stuffed dates and other tapas at Firefly. “People are always visiting Vegas, so this place is something they probably wouldn’t know about otherwise,” Jackie said.

Why it stood out: Ask any Firefly fan, and the answer is almost always the same: The stuffed dates beat out all other menu items. That says a lot considering they’re up against several dozen other cold, hot, seafood and meat tapas. Served warm, the stuffed dates are the perfect combination of sweet and chewy — a great opening tapa before the meat and seafood dishes arrive. When I recently introduced visiting friends Kristina and Jordan to the stuffed dates, Kristina’s reaction summed up the experience: “So good, so good. I’m so happy.” The second-floor, patio seats overlooking the Las Vegas valley didn’t hurt either.

It cost: $4.50

Find out more:
Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar
11261 S. Eastern Ave. Suite 200
Henderson, NV 89052
We visited the Firefly closest to where I live, but there are two other locations, including one near the Strip.
fireflylv.com

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