One Winter Day in Quebec City

Having lived in Russia for most of my life, I never considered winter vacation a great idea. Actually, it wasn’t even an idea. I had enough snow in my everyday life, so travelling thousands of kilometers to see some more snow never even occurred to me. This year, though, something has changed. Maybe it is…

The Coziest Coffee Shop in Quebec City

I know three words that, when used together in one sentence, instantly make you feel warm and cozy: winter, coffee, and books. Just imagine yourself sitting in a big chair with your legs up, a steaming cup of latte in one hand and a big never-ending novel in another. You have a beautiful picture in your…

Charleston Ultimate Coconut Cake Is Worth Traveling for

How simple and enjoyable my life was before I laid eyes on the article “The United Sweets of America”. I should have known better than to read it. Now the idea of trying out every dessert assigned to each state of America is haunting me. Although, only 8 states have official desserts, pretty much every…

Non-touristy Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Rule №1. When in a new town, ask locals for their favorite restaurants. I am not discovering America here: everybody knows that. But there’s also rule №2 that I hope I invented. Rule №2. When in a new tourist town, try ethnic food. When I say “tourist town” I am talking about small towns in…

Ice Cream, Ocean and Memories in the City of Myrtle Beach

This New Year for me was a new start and a throw back in time simultaneously. I greeted 2016 in the city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Many of you might know it as a popular vacation destination on Atlantic coast. For me, however, this town was the first glimpse of America. I was 19 years…

The Best Pizza in Boston According to Italians

I went to Boston’s Little Italy. I tried pasta, pizza and cannoli. I was pretty sure I had the most authentic Italian food. Then I met my Italian friends who shook their heads in disappointment when I mentioned the name of the place. Turns out, the food I tried wasn’t so Italian after all. Here goes the “wah-wah-waaaaaaaah”…

Italian Neighborhood of Boston and Not-so-Italian Food

I didn’t have a chance to visit Italy… yet. So I am compensating for my non-existing experience of this country as best I can. Making pasta Bolognese at home, ordering aperol spritz wherever I manage to find it, and reading Eat, Pray, Love – the “eat” part is, obviously, my favorite. The closest I have…

Why Christmas in Russia Is Celebrated on January 7th?

In the time of winter holidays the two most common questions I get are “Why New Year in Russia is more popular than Christmas?” and “Why Christmas in Russia is celebrated on January 7th?” I tried my best to give an answer to the first question in my blog post here. Now is the time…

Atrium on Merrimack Street, or the Hidden Gem Of Boston

Don’t we all love to find hidden gems in the city, keep it to ourselves and enjoy the privacy of our accidental discoveries? In a city where you live your whole life it happens organically: you know all the tiny streets and squares, every nook and corner. Then one day while wondering about familiar streets…