Political Street Food: Communist Dessert Chic
I came across this odd little street food vendor last month in my neighborhood travels.
The delicious-looking chocolate and farmer's cheese confection called Sirki was being offered by a place ironically named Iron Curtain which features pan-Soviet cuisine. Poking around on the web I discovered that Sirki was a favorite childhood treat in Russia and that it [like pretty much everything else] had vanished from the stores during the Soviet era.
The vendor, who is from Russia and remembers the last gasps of the Soviet regime, said she was concerned about business because she felt that a lot of Americans hate Communism. I said that we do, but it's also worth noting that within a scant year of Obama in power the head of the Communist Party of the USA at a three-day international conference of communist and worker's parties said, "There could not have been a better time to be a Communist in the U.S.A. than this."