Foods You Must Try in Ekaterinburg (and Where to Find Them)

Here’s some food for thought. When you travel to France you would expect to start your morning with a cup of coffee and a croissant, or maybe a piece of baguette. When you travel to India you would, probably, like to dig into rice and many vegetarian curries. In other words, try authentic food of…

EkaterinBURGER: a Story of American Burger with Russian Taste

I bet you have just looked at the name and didn’t dare to pronounce it out loud. Am I right? It’s not as scary and complicated as it looks, I promise! There’s a city in Ural region of Russia called Ekaterinburg. Still too much? Look at it this way: the city is named after a…

Istanbul in 24 hours: Spice Market and Best Breakfast Ever

Berna and I wake up in the morning after 4 hours of sleep with the same exact thought: we cannot have breakfast right now! Last night while having meze after meze at dinner we made a perfect plan: wake up, walk to a nearby café for breakfast, take a taxi to local market to get…

Istanbul in 24 Hours: Turkish Coffee and Turkish Meze

Istanbul in my imagination has a color, and the color is greyish blue, the color of water and sky blending together so you can’t separate one from another and it looks like the ships are swimming in clouds and the mosques are growing from water.  For somebody else Istanbul might be sunny, hot and bright….

Big Move to Texas and Current Favorite Coffee Spot

When you say that you are moving to Austin, Texas, you generally get two different types of reaction. From Americans and people who live in USA: “Awesome, Austin is such a cool and hip place”. From your friends and family abroad: “Texas? Are you going to live on a ranch and hangout with cowboys?” I…