This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Katya Culberg in Los Angeles:
"In the heat of August, I stopped for lunch at Paper or Plastik Cafe. I had the most amazing cold borscht. It was light and refreshing and full-flavored and, like my bubby's, only distilled down to the essence of borscht. Is there any chance you could get Paper or Plastik to share the recipe?"
A quick glance at that signature shade of red, and this might look like any run-of-the-mill borscht. But one bite and you're hit with a medley of flavors: a subtle hint of spice, the smoky hint of applewood-smoked bacon and the slight tang of quick-pickled beets. Light, yet rich and wonderfully satisfying, Paper or Plastik's borscht rocks.
Thanks, Katya! Here's the recipe for this great borscht.