Eat. Burn. Repeat: March 2017

Never thought I would be happy to see the same damn number on the scale as 30 days ago, but, surprisingly, I am. As you might remember, it’s been two months since I’ve decided to take care of my body and lose weight. As if my body thought it would be a great joke, instead…

Two Strange Things to do in Marfa, TX, and One Famously Delicious

If you are Russian you can’t say the name Marfa out loud and not giggle. Marfa is an old-school Russian name that was popular years ago, but nowadays is only used to describe a country bumpkin or a person who’s done something stupid. The Russian name was reason number one to visit. Reason number two…

8 Reasons to Fall in Love with Terlingua

When I was twenty I thought small towns are the worst. Boring, unamusing and almost lethargic. Give me some of that big city buzz, dirty streets, traffic jams and crowds pushing from all directions. I knew it was bad, but it felt so good. I am heading to 30 and all of a sudden little…

Curly Fries “Breaking Bad” Style

Out of hundreds of events planned for SXSW, which one do you think was my #1 priority? Not a music concert, not a movie premier, not a boozy party, but a pop-up restaurant from Breaking Bad because it’s the best TV-show of all times and, frankly, Walter White rocks! I wouldn’t miss a chance to…

Eat. Burn. Repeat: February 2017

One month ago I set out to change my life and didn’t even wait for Monday to start. In short, I decided this year is the year I am going to find balance between indulging in delicious foods and staying in shape. On top of that I promised to keep you guys updated on my progress…

One Day in Atlanta: What to Do and Where to Eat

Atlanta deserves way more than one day. But if one day is all you got, make the most of it! This post is not the ultimate guide to Atlanta and definitely not written in stone. It is simply my way of making 1 day in a completely new city count with personal picks of the…

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…

Happiness with a Side of Meatballs

I remember the day I moved to Austin. The 1st of February. The early morning flight from Boston. The snowstorm before taking off, the sunshine upon landing. Renting a car and trying to fit in all the belongings to get to the new home. Stopping on the way to switch Timberlands for Converse, because it’s too damn…

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…