What Sri Lankan New Year Table Looks Like

For some people New Year starts in January, for others it starts in April. That came as a surprise on my first trip to Sri Lanka, when I found myself unable to get groceries, eat outside or even take a bus on the 13th of April. In that first year Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations…

Why You Should Try Afternoon Tea at Boston Public Library

Afternoon tea is like a retreat for your body and soul: choose a beautiful venue with awe-inspiring interiors, take a close friend with whom you can share the most personal stories, and enjoy the teeny-tiny sandwiches, petit fours and gossip. There’s something very exciting about afternoon tea for me. First of all, sipping on tea…

Eliseevsky Store in Moscow: When a Supermarket Is Also a Palace

This is what I call “only in Russia” experience. Right in Moscow city center, on Tverskaya street, you can find one of the most stunning pieces of architecture and a beautiful example of neo-baroque style that literally makes your jaw drop. And what is it you ask? A palace? A cathedral? A library, maybe? No,…

The Ultimate Guide to Making Traditional Russian Pelmeni

It’s a savior for women making a quick dinner on busy days. It’s something every poor student used to live off for at least a week at some point of his life. It’s what every bachelor stacks up in his freezer. Shortly, Russian pelmeni are a cousin of Chinese dumplings or Italian ravioli – whatever you…

Vladimir Olkinitskiy: Reviving Ural Cuisine

Vladimir Olkinitskiy must be the most popular and controversial chef in the city of Ekaterinburg at the moment. On my quest to find traditional Ural cuisine in the heart of Urals – Ekaterinburg – his name and that of his newly opened restaurant 26/28 came up time and again. It’s one of the most talked…