The Time I Tried the Cheapest Michelin-Starred Meal in the World

Every January I sit down with magazines, scissors and glue to make a wish board. Every January for the past three years I glued a picture of a sophisticated dish on a large white plate to represent a meal at Michelin-starred restaurant. As per visualization law, I imagined myself all dressed-up sitting in a fancy…

Eat. Burn. Repeat: May 2017

When I have bad news, I write an elaborate post explaining myself and trying to find excuses. When I have good news, I jump right in! So here we go! Minus 1 pound, guys! Trying Cross Fit I spent the first two weeks of May like a good girl, eating healthy and going to gym….

Breaking Coconuts Like Nobody’s Business

A few months before my big fat Sri Lankan wedding I learned that according to local traditions one of my male family members had to break a coconut during the ceremony. With a huge knife. At the first try. In front of over a hundred people. The closest my Russian relatives have ever come to…

Where to Try Sri Lankan Food in Colombo

Colombo is rarely on anyone’s radar when visiting Sri Lanka. Travelers arrive to Bandaranaike airport and straight away drive down south to the beautiful beaches or into the Hill Country to see mountains. The capital is left out which I understand full well: Colombo isn’t pretty and there’s not much to do. I would go…

Kitchen Staples: Sri Lankan Edition

I don’t want to sound nosy (which means I will totally sound like it!), but I love peeking into other people’s shopping carts while waiting in line to cashier. Mostly, because in USA people buy a completely different set of products than I do. I’ve been once asked whether I am a vegetarian by a…

Eat. Burn. Repeat: April 2017

Minus 2 pounds, guys! Can I just start without any introduction? I am so excited I can barely sit down and write because for the first time since I have announced that I am trying to lose weight (and it was three months ago!) I actually have some result to show. In my first month,…

Eat. Burn. Repeat: March 2017

Never thought I would be happy to see the same damn number on the scale as 30 days ago, but, surprisingly, I am. As you might remember, it’s been two months since I’ve decided to take care of my body and lose weight. As if my body thought it would be a great joke, instead…

Two Strange Things to do in Marfa, TX, and One Famously Delicious

If you are Russian you can’t say the name Marfa out loud and not giggle. Marfa is an old-school Russian name that was popular years ago, but nowadays is only used to describe a country bumpkin or a person who’s done something stupid. The Russian name was reason number one to visit. Reason number two…

8 Reasons to Fall in Love with Terlingua

When I was twenty I thought small towns are the worst. Boring, unamusing and almost lethargic. Give me some of that big city buzz, dirty streets, traffic jams and crowds pushing from all directions. I knew it was bad, but it felt so good. I am heading to 30 and all of a sudden little…