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…

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…

Pecan Pie: the Story of Texas’ Official Dessert

‘Don’t mess with Texas’ and ‘You can all go to hell, and I’m going to Texas’ are just a few sayings that tell you how bad-ass this state is. The name alone will most likely revive images of cowboys riding horses and spacious ranches in your mind. So, when it comes to choosing the state’s official dessert,…

Where to Have Cupcakes like Carrie Bradshaw?

I have seen pictures of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment about a thousand times on Instagram. Excited girls sitting on the front porch with a dreamy expression on their faces and a caption saying: “waiting for Mr. Big”. Well, sew me, but I had to have this picture! I don’t consider Sex and The City the best…

Foodie’s Bucket List: Cronut

The madness degree of a given foodie can be determined by amount of sacrifice he or she is willing to make in order to get desired food. In other words, where is your limit? Is staying in line for one hour too much? How about 3 hours? How about we add rain to the equation?…

New York’s Iconic Serendipity 3 and Its Frozen Hot Chocolate

“I first came in cos of the name… “Serendipity”… it’s one of my favorite words… It’s just such a nice sound for what it means – a fortunate accident. Except I don’t really believe in accidents, I think fate is behind everything,” says Kate Beckinsale about the legendary New York cafe Serendipity 3 in a hopelessly…

Soviet Kartoshka, or Why Russians Eat Potato for Dessert

The word “potato” in Russian can mean both a vegetable and a type of cake. To be fair, the pastry does look like potato, hence the name. In Russian you call it kartoshka. It’s neither fancy nor does it have a sophisticated flavor profile but I, like many other Russian people, am very fond of it…

San Antonio’s 3 Pound Giant of a Cinnamon Roll

I had a light breakfast, an even lighter lunch and a several hours walk around San Antonio before heading down to Lulu’s Bakery and Café for what seemed like an impossible challenge – eating a 3 pound cinnamon roll (1,3 kilos). This cinnamon roll was on the top of my list of foods to try…

Russian Sweets Beloved by Tsars and My Mom

This post wouldn’t be written if it wasn’t for my mother’s big love of marshmallows. No cookies, chocolates, cakes or pies can compare to marshmallows in my mom’s Universe. She only wishes other people could understand and share her love. So when it comes to sending Russian sweets to beloved daughter who lives across the ocean…

Where to Find the Best Baklava in New York

The one place I will never skip on my trip to NYC is a small Turkish café at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 52nd St called Güllüoglu. I know I should be hunting down the best NYC bagel or stuffing my face with pizza but instead I keep coming back here like a drug addict…