Big Move to Texas and Current Favorite Coffee Spot

When you say that you are moving to Austin, Texas, you generally get two different types of reaction. From Americans and people who live in USA: “Awesome, Austin is such a cool and hip place”. From your friends and family abroad: “Texas? Are you going to live on a ranch and hangout with cowboys?” I…

American Roadside Deli: Vintage, BBQ and Chocolates

Sometimes it takes hours of research, web browsing and reading reviews to find a great dining option. Sometimes it takes picking a random exit on a highway. After driving for several hours from Montreal back home and crossing the border to USA we found ourselves in Vermont feeling hungry and took the closest exit that…

Must-try in Montreal: Schwartz’s Smoked Meat Sandwich

When you go to Montreal for the very first time you walk to Schwartz’s Deli and have their smoked meat sandwich. End of discussion.   Somebody might say “Oh, this place is so touristic”, “They have nothing to offer but their fame”, or “There are places that make smoked meat sandwich better”. I say: go there,…

The Best Bagels in Montreal, or One Perfectly Imperfect Breakfast

One early Sunday morning a girl woke up in Montreal dreaming of a beautiful hot breakfast of coffee and bagels. It wasn’t just any bagel she was craving. It was the most famous bagel of Montreal and, probably, Canada. It was her last day in the city and, therefore, the last chance to try the much…

Eat Like Anthony Bourdain: L’Affaire Est Ketchup, Quebec

I am a simple girl and not used to have my food served on a golden plate. To be honest, going to fancy restaurants or five-star hotels for dinner not only raises excitement inside of me but also nervous hesitation: Do I belong here? Is it the right fork to use now? I am feeling…

The Coziest Coffee Shop in Quebec City

I know three words that, when used together in one sentence, instantly make you feel warm and cozy: winter, coffee, and books. Just imagine yourself sitting in a big chair with your legs up, a steaming cup of latte in one hand and a big never-ending novel in another. You have a beautiful picture in your…

Charleston Ultimate Coconut Cake Is Worth Traveling for

How simple and enjoyable my life was before I laid eyes on the article “The United Sweets of America”. I should have known better than to read it. Now the idea of trying out every dessert assigned to each state of America is haunting me. Although, only 8 states have official desserts, pretty much every…

The Best Pizza in Boston According to Italians

I went to Boston’s Little Italy. I tried pasta, pizza and cannoli. I was pretty sure I had the most authentic Italian food. Then I met my Italian friends who shook their heads in disappointment when I mentioned the name of the place. Turns out, the food I tried wasn’t so Italian after all. Here goes the “wah-wah-waaaaaaaah”…

Atrium on Merrimack Street, or the Hidden Gem Of Boston

Don’t we all love to find hidden gems in the city, keep it to ourselves and enjoy the privacy of our accidental discoveries? In a city where you live your whole life it happens organically: you know all the tiny streets and squares, every nook and corner. Then one day while wondering about familiar streets…

The Original Boston Cream Pie: History and Recipe

Let me start by saying that I had no idea there is such a thing as the official dessert of the state. Let me also further embarrass myself by saying it took me just a little over a year to try the official dessert of Massachusetts, although I live mere 50 miles away from Boston…