The phrase “Russian food” might make you think of Soviet grocery lines and borscht, but Sacramento’s growing emigrant population has given rise to intriguing shops. For foodies, the easy-to-miss Odessa European Market and Bakery conceals more treasures than St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum. You’ll find elaborate cakes sold by the pound; tea biscuits and innumerable teas; lavash; rye bread; kefir; smoked fish; cream cheese; pelmeny (think little Russian ravioli); and a breathtaking array of jewel-like fruit syrups and preserves in flavors like sour cherry, young walnuts, quince and fig. It’s all bargain-priced, as are the poppy-seed sweet bread and brightly wrapped bulk candies. This festive combination of offerings could make Odessa the perfect place to stock up for an out-of-the-ordinary Easter brunch this weekend. Luckily, Russian Orthodox Easter falls on May 1 this year, so if you go now, odds are you won’t have to battle any Soviet-style lines. 7307 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael, (916) 972-9582.