MOSCOW DRINKS: CRAFT COCKTAILS AT PINCH

However tenuous it might be, one upside of the recent ruble crash is that it alleviates some of the guilt I have when spending money on something frivolous because everything suddenly costs so much less – in dollars and euros! (Yes I know it makes no mathematical sense because I still make the same ruble…

MOSCOW DRINKS: MY FIRST EVER PUB CRAWL

That’s right, I have lived through my teens and 20s without ever going on a pub crawl. Granted, I have crawled out of my share of bars and pubs across the United States and Europe, but I’ve never imbibed in more than a couple of establishments per night, preferring stationary hang-outs to hit-and-runs. As a…

TALLINN’S UNEXPECTED CULINARY ADVENTURE

Whatever my expectations for Estonia, having a mind-blowing gourmet experience wasn’t on the list. Yet this is exactly what I got in Tallinn, over and over, in just three days. How did Estonia surprise my palate? Let me count the ways. The best pork I ever had. Ever. Possibly the best entrée, period. On my…

LOVELY RIGA, or LINDA’S LATVIA LIES EXPOSED

I think it won’t be an exaggeration to say that Expat Eye on Latvia’s Linda almost literally put Latvia on a map for a lot of “far abroad” foreigners with her very active Latvia PR campaign. However, she accomplished this with a rather unusual approach, often highlighting the gloomy and dysfunctional over the pretty and…

Fort Lauderdale’s GOOD EATS

Every trip back to the States is a food pilgrimage. It’s the chance to fill up on old favorites and discover new flavors, to dine out in style and veg out with guilty pleasures. This year I had traded in New York City and its promise of cronuts and ramen burgers — both of which are…

FLORIDA, Day 1 in Numbers

Sunrises watched: 1, courtesy of jet lag Miles walked: 8, mostly along the beach, from Pompano to Fort Lauderdale proper Steps walked from my patio to the waters of the Atlantic: 30 Fake breasts spotted: 3 pairs Real sharks spotted: 1 baby one, being flipped around by very strong surf Non-Bud Light beers consumed: 3…

MOSCOW DRINKS: HEY, BARKEEP…

I’m a cheater. There, I said it. Despite regularly proclaiming my love for Bud Light and even entering into an unholy arrangement with its heftier sibling due to BL’s unavailability in Russia, on occasion I let a stray cocktail pass my lips. What can I say? Sometimes a girl wants a little variety, of a…

MY MOSCOW: 5 PLACES

To date, I have lived in five wonderful cities: Moscow, New York, Washington DC, Paris and Madrid. This is my take on the best things to do, places to visit and treats to try in each of them. While this is not an exhaustive compilation by any means — and a rather subjective one at…