SOCHI, Russia – Finding food in the Sochi Olympic Park isn’t difficult. There’s a cafeteria, a couple of sit-down places and several batteries of soda and sandwich machines with Alex Ovechkin’s face plastered on them.
Finding really good, really interesting food in the park? That’s the challenge.
If you’re willing to accept that challenge, then you walk to the Olympic rings near the torch. You make a left while facing Bolshoy Ice Dome and then walk around the soda machines and around the sandwich machines until it looks like you’re about to enter a restricted area.
There, you’ll see a small wooden shack.
Go to that shack. Join the line.
Feast your eyes on the feast for your eyes:
Glorious handheld crepes, with dessert toppings and meat and cheese and … caviar.
Because Russia is why.
The stand is tucked away from most of the park. Perhaps if you’re headed to a hockey game at Bolshoy or Shayba Arena, you might stumble upon it. And enough people do during the middle of the day that there gets to be a line.
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Now, making crepes is an art. This we know. So typically, you order your crepe, you’re told “10 minutes” and then it becomes 20 minutes because there’s a stack of takeaway boxes near the register, awaiting their bounty. And the crepes take time.
But once it’s yours … it won’t last long. The spongy dough gives way to a perfect filling, whether it’s a burst of saltiness from the caviar …
… or a glorious meat, cheese and mayonnaise hat trick. (The Russians love their mayo.)
The dessert options are equally delectable, although they lack mayonnaise.
The crepes run around $9.89 for the expensive items and $4.29 for the dessert items.
We’ve covered the plight of the Sochi Olympics foodie before when attending the hockey arenas.
Our advice to them: Put down the brioche with cabbage, and seek out the crepes place. It's the Olympics; go for the gold. Even if it's stuffed with caviar.
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