The Meaning of Life Can Be Found in a Russian Kitchen

When my best friend and I were 15 and lived in our small town of Asbest (remind me to tell you one day about my sweet little town, the largest producer of asbestos in the world) there was literally no place for us to hang out. Don’t judge my use of “literally” here. I mean…

Orange Marmalade That Is Not Easy but Incredibly Rewarding

I tried googling “orange marmalade recipe” a few days ago, and found quite a few links suggesting “easy orange marmalade” and even “marmalade is way easier than it looks”. And you know what I have to say to this? Nothing good in life comes easy and especially not orange marmalade! You make it the easy…

Las Vegas Streets and Eats

“The reason you should go to Las Vegas is because, for only the second time, the second time, ever, they have rebuilt Sodom and Gomorrah. It’s back! And you have the opportunity to see it before it turns to salt.” (Lewis Black) “If the flight to Las Vegas is any indication of what my stay…

The Time I Made Cookies for Buddhist Monks

The house before dana was a mess. Don’t take me wrong: physically, it was clean and shiny. The floors had been scraped so hard you could almost see your own reflection. The furniture had been moved to create more room. New beautiful tableware replaced everyday plates and cups. The mood, though, was somewhere on the…

One Day in Cambridge, MA: What to Do and Where to Eat

This year 39 000 people applied to Harvard University. A little over 2000 were accepted. I was there during the week when freshmen arrived in the end of summer and watched those kids drag their suitcases across Harvard Yard and pull mattresses out of cars parked in Harvard Square. Never do I envy people’s money…

Pol Roti, Sri Lankan Coconut Bread that Should Be Your Kitchen Staple

Five hours before a Sri Lankan-inspired dinner I promised to cook for my friends I walked into an Indian grocery store to buy ingredients for the said dinner. Me: I can’t find frozen coconut anywhere… Shop assistant: I am afraid we ran out of it, madam… Me (in the best traditions of Bollywood movies, almost…

My Husband Is Fastidious About Bananas

To write the title I had to look up the word “fastidious”. Other options were “finicky” and “particular”. “Particular” is a word I know and use often, so I threw it out as not sophisticated enough. “Finicky”, on the other hand, I like very much, but mostly because it makes me giggle. In Russian “finick”…

Singapore Streets and Eats

Three days in Singapore proved to be not enough to eat all the foods I had on my extensive must-try list or walk all the streets marked in the map, but I tried to do my best braving the rain, waiting in line to get the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world, and even eating ice…

Best Foodie Souvenirs from Singapore

I have a magnet from Singapore on the fridge, but it doesn’t speak to me. Not one particular memory comes to mind when I look at the piece of plastic shaped as Singapore skyline. On the other hand, a tea spoon of kaya jam revives memories of my first breakfast in the Lion City and…