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…

Thoughts on 1 Year of Food and Travel Blogging

Today the most incredible thing happened: I received an email from the past, quite literally. One year ago I have started this blog, but the road to the decision was a long one and full of obstacles. Obstacles that I created for myself in my own mind, to be precise. On hesitations… The truth is…

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 Eat Like a Sri Lankan

It was in a tiny roadside café in Sri Lanka that I first saw people eating with their hands. Growing up I have watched quite a few Bollywood movies with Mithun Chakraborty breaking into a dance in the middle of nowhere and fighting a dozen bad guys at a time. But none of the above…

The Biggest Problem of Having International Friends

What comes to your mind when you think of a possible problem with having friends all over the world? The language barrier? Naaah, facial expressions, gestures and, especially, alcohol help a lot in improving communication. You will be surprised, how proficient your language abilities become after having a couple of cocktails. Cultural differences? Not that…

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…

Day Trip From Austin: Krause Springs and Opie’s BBQ

If you have never been to USA and all you know about this country comes from books, movies and TV-shows, it’s very likely that America seems to be the land of skyscrapers, yellow taxis, hamburgers and sexy world saviors like Bruce Willis. Which is true but only in part because USA is so much more…

Midnight Ramblings About Finding Your Voice

Right now I feel overwhelmed, and that’s why this post is not related to food in any way. It’s just me trying to make sense of all the information I consumed in the past days. Thoughts in my head are flying around bouncing of my temples, stumbling upon each other and producing tiny explosions. Sometimes…