Chelsea Market: a Photo Essay and a Little History

You have to come here for two reasons: all kinds of incredible food and unique industrial design of the building. Before Chelsea Market was established here in 1997 the building used to serve as a factory for National Biscuit Company (or Nabisco), one of the largest manufacturers of biscuits in the country. Nabisco is the reason…

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,…

8 things That Surprise a Russian in American Supermarket

Of all things the most surprising in America was its supermarkets. When I first stepped inside a grocery store in USA three things happened: my eyes widened, my jaw dropped and my mind seemed to get stuck like an old computer unable to comprehend new algorithms. Is this a supermarket or a small airport? It took…

Jean-Talon Market: a Photo Essay

Local market is a must on my list of attractions in any new city. Where else will you catch the spirit of local food better? Where else will you blend with locals in search of best deals? Where else will you have so many free samples that you won’t need a dinner after all? Knowing…