Becoming Texan: Trying Franklin BBQ

 “If one hypothetical Russian lady who loves Texas very much decided she wants to be as Texan as possible, what would she have to do?” I asked me readers and, boy, did they come back to me with some creative answers! From horseback riding to dancing two step to getting a gun and beyond! I…

Day Trip from Austin: Lyndon Johnson Ranch in Stonewall, TX

“This is my Ranch and I do as I damn please!” Lyndon B. Johnson “All the world is welcome here” says a sign at the entrance to Lyndon Johnson Ranch. I can’t tell you how refreshing, encouraging and reassuring these simple words sound today, how happy I was to see them in the time of…

How I Spent $17 to Watch 2 hours of Coca-Cola Advertisement

I paid $17 to watch 2 hours of Coca-Cola advertisement, then I went home and, apparently, inspired, made a video and wrote a post about Coca-Cola myself (read: created advertisement) absolutely free of charge. Now that I write it down, it does sound crazy, but visiting World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta was too tempting to…

Best Foodie Souvenirs from Savannah

There’s no souvenir that revives the memories of my travels better than food. Yes, edible souvenirs have a short life and will disappear days or weeks after you return home, but they do have a magic power to transport you back like no magnet or key chain ever could. I think I don’t need to…

2 Days in Philadelphia: What to Do and Where to Eat

On the day I arrived to Philadelphia, the city was hit by a heat wave in the morning, by a horrible thunderstorm in the evening, and – a cherry on top of the cake – it was the first day of Democratic National Convention 2016. How is my timing? Despite the crowds overflowing the streets,…

10 Pictures and 10 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Visit Savannah

Every picture and every mention of Savannah prior to the trip made my expectations raise higher and higher until it seemed impossible for any real city to reach them. It sounded so good, it looked even better, and everybody who talked about it, talked about Savannah with nostalgia imprinted in their eyes like if they…

Being a Foreigner on Thanksgiving Day

Let me tell you what I knew about American Thanksgiving Day before coming to USA: Turkey is a must on the table. Not only is it big enough to feed a whole family, but also to fit onto someone’s head to scare friends. If you are of Italian heritage, you might consume a whole turkey…

3 Cottage Cheese Recipes for Russian Breakfast

If you have been reading me for a while you know about my eternal love of cottage cheese. In a post a couple of weeks back I have written a whole guide to making Russian-style cottage cheese at home in 3 different ways. Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite…

How to Make Authentic Russian Tvorog at Home

When people ask me whether living abroad makes me miss Russian food, I always reply with a firm “no”. Not because I don’t love it, but simply because I can prepare most of Russian dishes in the convenience of my own kitchen. For the same reason I almost never go to Russian restaurants abroad, except…

Mung Kawum and the Story of My Relations with Sri Lankan Sweets

“Complicated” is probably the best way to describe my relationships with Sri Lankan sweets. While getting used to Lankan rice and curry wasn’t so hard (apart from the fact that I was crying with every spoonful of chili-infused curries), local sweets didn’t find the way to my heart even 6 years after I first arrived…