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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Day Trip from Austin: Jacob’s Well and The Salt Lick BBQ

Combine the great outdoors with delicious food and you are bound to have an amazing day. Texas, no doubt, has an abundance of both gorgeous nature spots and delectable food. One of my favorite day trips from Austin is Jacob’s well in Wimberley, TX, followed by wine tasting and BBQ at The Salt Lick in…

Day Trip from Austin: Duchman Family Winery

I have been living in Texas for the past 6 months, and what I love the most is that The Lone Star state doesn’t cease to surprise me. I would have never thought that of all places Texas is popular for its wineries! Texas wines are often compared to Portuguese wines because of the similar sunny and dry climate…

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,…

Food You Must Try in Austin, TX

Austin has way too much great food for a human being to experience in a lifetime. In the last 6 months, since I moved to the capital of Texas, I am trying to keep up with all the restaurants that pop up every month and I have to admit, I am failing miserably. The amount…