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…

How I Don’t Stay in Shape While Traveling the World

One of the most common questions I get as a food and travel blogger: “How do you eat your way around the world and stay in shape?” The short answer is: I don’t! Since I have started this blog a little over a year ago I gained 8 pounds. As you can see there’s no…

Best Foodie Souvenirs from Savannah

There’s no souvenir that revives the memories of my travels better than food. Yes, edible souvenirs have a short life and will disappear days or weeks after you return home, but they do have a magic power to transport you back like no magnet or key chain ever could. I think I don’t need to…

2 Days in Philadelphia: What to Do and Where to Eat

On the day I arrived to Philadelphia, the city was hit by a heat wave in the morning, by a horrible thunderstorm in the evening, and – a cherry on top of the cake – it was the first day of Democratic National Convention 2016. How is my timing? Despite the crowds overflowing the streets,…

The Foodie Miles Best Meals of 2016 (And Where to Try Them)

Everybody is making 2016 round-ups of their travels, significant achievements, best of this and worst of that. What am I unique and original or something? I need a round-up too. My achievements this year are mostly edible and highly perishable due to the start of a food and travel blog.   Since the beginning of…

I Am a Realist, I Believe in Miracles

I don’t usually cry while writing a new blog post. Especially not in a crowded coffee shop. Memories, though, have a tendency to trigger emotions beyond your control. I didn’t plan it, I have no idea why I thought of that lonely December evening in Brazil today, but I did and now I have no…

Little Pouches of Happiness Called Tamales

“Little pouches of happiness” seems like an incredibly vague description of tamales that doesn’t give you much information about the looks or the taste of it, but, boy, does it sound promising!  I wouldn’t even ask for more information were it not for one embarrassing story I’d heard from a local comedian. Having moved to…

3 Christmas Cookie Recipes From Switzerland, Germany and Austria

Dough is tricky, mischievous, and loves attention. It requires all your time, effort and love. I would even go as far as to call it needy and slightly revengeful, but I love it anyways. If I could give you only one advice for successful baking, it would be to spare some time to enjoy the…