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…

How to Eat (and Drink) Like a Russian

It’s one thing to know some delicious Russian dishes and it’s a whole different story to understand how Russians eat. The most common idea is probably that Russians eat potatoes for all three meals and follow it up with a shot of vodka. I am not kidding, people asked me whether in Russia we have…

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…

Best Foodie Souvenirs from New Orleans

Since I have started this blog I’ve eaten my way through quite a few cities in USA. With its diverse cuisine, influenced by African, Native American and European cultures, New Orleans, my latest destination, would definitely be in my top 5 cities for food lovers. If I could live there and eat gumbo and oysters…

Creole Food vs. Cajun Food: What’s the Difference?

Is it normal to be excited about food in upcoming trip more than about anything else? In case with New Orleans I am not ashamed to say “yes” because this city is synonymous with delicious food. If you do a research on restaurants to visit in The Big Easy you will inevitably come across two…

Pecan Pie: the Story of Texas’ Official Dessert

‘Don’t mess with Texas’ and ‘You can all go to hell, and I’m going to Texas’ are just a few sayings that tell you how bad-ass this state is. The name alone will most likely revive images of cowboys riding horses and spacious ranches in your mind. So, when it comes to choosing the state’s official dessert,…

Everything You Need to Know About Sri Lankan Kiribath

My first memory of kiribath goes back to 2013 New Year celebrations in Sri Lanka. Not the kind of New Year you greet on the night of 31st of December with a glass of champagne and fireworks, but the kind you welcome on 13th of April with rice, deep fried pastries and a fire pit in the…

Foodie Souvenirs to Bring Back from Sri Lanka

What can be better than hosting your family when they come to visit half way around the world? Getting a suitcase full of presents from them! I told you a story of my brother bringing 8 boxes of sweets from Russia just a month back. This week my parents-in-law brought 15 kilos of goodies from…

Eating My Way Through Texas Rodeo

Since I moved to Austin, TX, six months ago, I was desperately hoping to see a tough American cowboy, wearing hat and boots and riding a horse. If you have been to Austin, you will understand that my chances of meeting a bearded guy, wearing funky glasses, 70-s style ripped jeans and a backpack (I…

Soviet Kartoshka, or Why Russians Eat Potato for Dessert

The word “potato” in Russian can mean both a vegetable and a type of cake. To be fair, the pastry does look like potato, hence the name. In Russian you call it kartoshka. It’s neither fancy nor does it have a sophisticated flavor profile but I, like many other Russian people, am very fond of it…