9 Things You Should Know About Russian New Year

With New Year just around the corner I thought I will share with you some of Russian New Year traditions! I have already explained why New Year is way bigger and more popular in Russia than Christmas, so the excitement and anticipation are almost at its peak these days. If you are willing to celebrate upcoming year…

Why Is New Year More Popular Than Christmas in Russia?

While for most of the world Christmas craze is finally over and you can breathe a sigh of relief, for most of Russians the whole shopping-till-you drop, cooking-so-much-it’s-enough-for-the-next-two-weeks, and getting-a-nervous-breakdown-in-the-last-days-rush experience is still ahead of them. Are you wondering why? The answer is simple and shocking to those of you who have never been to…

The Original Boston Cream Pie: History and Recipe

Let me start by saying that I had no idea there is such a thing as the official dessert of the state. Let me also further embarrass myself by saying it took me just a little over a year to try the official dessert of Massachusetts, although I live mere 50 miles away from Boston…

Shashika’s Sri Lankan Rice and Curry

“I am cooking Sri Lankan, you are ok with Sri Lankan, right?” That’s how I met Shashika. Over lunch of rice and curry at her apartment which is so similar to our own you can play a game “find 10 differences”. It is due to the fact that we live in the same apartment complex and…

Brighton Beach, or Where to Find Russian Food in New York. Part 2

I am back on the streets of Brighton Beach, a small neighborhood in Coney Island. If you want to try Russian food in New York, there’s no better place than Brighton Beach Avenue to satisfy your cravings. I have started my story about Little Russia in the previous post here. Today we are going to explore some street…

Brighton Beach, or Where to Find Russian Food in New York. Part 1

The first time I’ve heard the name Brighton Beach was in a popular Russian comedy called (bear with me here) “Weather is good on Deribasovskaya, it rains again on Brighton Beach”.  The movie is set in the years following the end of Cold War when Russian and American presidents are planning a meeting to discuss…

One Day in Portsmouth, or New Hampshire Can Be Fun Too!

Let me start by saying, that if you want people to pronounce a city’s name as Port-SMITH and not Ports-MOUTH, please, spell it that way. I don’t see any other reason behind this spelling but to confuse unsuspecting visitors and make fun of them when they mispronounce it time and again. This is my second…

Iconic Katz’s Deli, or Where Harry Met Sally

I am sitting next to a couple of strangers, tapping my foot under the table and impatiently waiting for my order to arrive. From the pictures above the table Johnny Depp and Bill Clinton are smiling right at me. This place is so famous there’s not an inch of free space on the walls – they…

Dominique Ansel Kitchen, or Is There Life Beyond Cronut?

The way many people make a list of attractions to visit in a new city, I make a list of foods I want to try. New York, though, makes it unbelievably hard to choose the best of the best. Given that I only had 3 days in the city, my list consisted of the most iconic New…