48 Hours in Boston: What to Do and Where to Eat

“I guess no true Bostonian would trust a place that was sunny and pleasant all the time. But a gritty, perpetually cold and gloomy neighborhood? Throw in a couple of Dunkin’ Donuts locations, and I’m right at home.”  Rick Riordan I lived near Boston for over a year. I wish I could substitute “in” for…

25 Pictures That Will Make You Wish You Were at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest

What If I said that you can have Franklin’s famous fatty brisket without waiting in line for four hours, then get your hands on the juiciest pork ribs of your life from Snow’s without having to wait till Saturday and drive all the way to Lexington, and afterwards try pretty much every exceptionally great BBQ…

Hook ’em Horns! or My First American Football Game

If there’s one thing I learned from attending a football game between Texas and Oklahoma, it’s that OU sucks! If you are from Oklahoma, I sincerely apologize! If you have no idea what I am talking about, I’ll explain in a bit. I don’t have anything at all against Oklahoma, it just so happened that…

State Fair of Texas: if It’s Not Fried, It’s Not Food

On the morning of Texas State Fair I woke up in a creatively decorated Airbnb in Dallas. Two umbrellas hung from the ceiling over the bed, and an art piece featuring a photo of what looked like a dead (or deeply sleeping) woman was set on the table. The art piece was not unlike Gladys…

The Meaning of Life Can Be Found in a Russian Kitchen

When my best friend and I were 15 and lived in our small town of Asbest (remind me to tell you one day about my sweet little town, the largest producer of asbestos in the world) there was literally no place for us to hang out. Don’t judge my use of “literally” here. I mean…

Orange Marmalade That Is Not Easy but Incredibly Rewarding

I tried googling “orange marmalade recipe” a few days ago, and found quite a few links suggesting “easy orange marmalade” and even “marmalade is way easier than it looks”. And you know what I have to say to this? Nothing good in life comes easy and especially not orange marmalade! You make it the easy…

Las Vegas Streets and Eats

“The reason you should go to Las Vegas is because, for only the second time, the second time, ever, they have rebuilt Sodom and Gomorrah. It’s back! And you have the opportunity to see it before it turns to salt.” (Lewis Black) “If the flight to Las Vegas is any indication of what my stay…

The Time I Made Cookies for Buddhist Monks

The house before dana was a mess. Don’t take me wrong: physically, it was clean and shiny. The floors had been scraped so hard you could almost see your own reflection. The furniture had been moved to create more room. New beautiful tableware replaced everyday plates and cups. The mood, though, was somewhere on the…

One Day in Cambridge, MA: What to Do and Where to Eat

This year 39 000 people applied to Harvard University. A little over 2000 were accepted. I was there during the week when freshmen arrived in the end of summer and watched those kids drag their suitcases across Harvard Yard and pull mattresses out of cars parked in Harvard Square. Never do I envy people’s money…