8 things That Surprise a Russian in American Supermarket

Of all things the most surprising in America was its supermarkets. When I first stepped inside a grocery store in USA three things happened: my eyes widened, my jaw dropped and my mind seemed to get stuck like an old computer unable to comprehend new algorithms. Is this a supermarket or a small airport? It took…

American Roadside Deli: Vintage, BBQ and Chocolates

Sometimes it takes hours of research, web browsing and reading reviews to find a great dining option. Sometimes it takes picking a random exit on a highway. After driving for several hours from Montreal back home and crossing the border to USA we found ourselves in Vermont feeling hungry and took the closest exit that…

Elisa’s Italian Dinner

This is Elisa. She is a biomedical engineer by day and a domestic goddess by night. She is also cute as a button and has the most adorable smile that makes me smile back every time I look at her. I can’t keep my eyes off her. That is actually all I do this evening…

Jean-Talon Market: a Photo Essay

Local market is a must on my list of attractions in any new city. Where else will you catch the spirit of local food better? Where else will you blend with locals in search of best deals? Where else will you have so many free samples that you won’t need a dinner after all? Knowing…

50 Shades of Maple: Sweets to Try in Canada

My first encounter with Canadian culture – as weird as it sounds – happened in Brazil where I shared an apartment with a guy from Canada. I remember how we discussed what food each of us, foreigners, missed most of all. Stephen was craving a French toast. Back in 2011 words “French toast” did sound…

Must-try in Montreal: Schwartz’s Smoked Meat Sandwich

When you go to Montreal for the very first time you walk to Schwartz’s Deli and have their smoked meat sandwich. End of discussion.   Somebody might say “Oh, this place is so touristic”, “They have nothing to offer but their fame”, or “There are places that make smoked meat sandwich better”. I say: go there,…

The Best Bagels in Montreal, or One Perfectly Imperfect Breakfast

One early Sunday morning a girl woke up in Montreal dreaming of a beautiful hot breakfast of coffee and bagels. It wasn’t just any bagel she was craving. It was the most famous bagel of Montreal and, probably, Canada. It was her last day in the city and, therefore, the last chance to try the much…

3 Must-Eat Foods in Quebec City

I know I use words such as “the best” and “the best I’ve ever had” quite a lot. But, in my defense, I should say that I only write about food that was superb and that I fell in love with. You won’t find negative reviews on my blog. Second point in my defense: I…

Eat Like Anthony Bourdain: L’Affaire Est Ketchup, Quebec

I am a simple girl and not used to have my food served on a golden plate. To be honest, going to fancy restaurants or five-star hotels for dinner not only raises excitement inside of me but also nervous hesitation: Do I belong here? Is it the right fork to use now? I am feeling…