Juice cleanse – why, how and what to expect

Has this ever happened to any of you - your gut tells you that what you're eating is a bit dodgy, but your mouth doesn't seem to get the hint and just keeps opening and chewing and a few hours later, your gut decides to take revenge on you for not listening in the first place? This has happened to us twice already while living in Thailand and somehow we are just not learning! Thankfully this last bout of food poisoning is not as bad as the last one. However, now we just feel run down and in need … [Continue reading...]

What to do and where to eat and stay in Penang, Malaysia

We have heard so much about the food scene in Penang that we decided to check it out for ourselves.  As foreigners living in Thailand, the government requires us to leave and re-enter the country every 90 days.  What can be a taxing, inconvenient experience can easily be turned into something adventurous by visiting surrounding countries! So for our first visa run this round, we decided to fly out to Penang and check out what it has to offer. The island of Penang has more to offer than just … [Continue reading...]

Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

I have a confession to make. I used to be very afraid of large chunks of meat.  No, not because I’m a vegetarian.  I like meat and I eat it often.  But I was afraid of large cuts of meat because I didn’t know how to prepare them.  Arkadi on the other hand has no such […]

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City v. Country

Big city living can be so exciting, but at times it can also be very frustrating.  Arkadi and I have always lived in big cities – Moscow, Manila and Toronto.  Don’t get us wrong, we love Toronto, but sometimes the hustle and bustle of the city, the noise, traffic and people get to us!  There’s […]

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Cashew Nut Chicken

Have you ever been to El Nido in the Philippines? If you have not, we recommend that you add visiting El Nido in your bucket list.  If you have, then you likely share the same love for it that we do.  We were totally blown away by the beauty El Nido has to offer.  But […]

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Thai Red Curry Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thai food has so many flavours combined to make a simple dish complex in taste. And because we were eating Thai food twice a day while living in Thailand, we now really crave those complex flavours.   One dish we tried to make in Chiang Mai was  Thai red curry chicken lettuce wraps and it’s perfect […]

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Mango & Passionfruit Crepe Cake

Ever feel like your life is just passing you by and you look back and all you see is your daily and weekly routine of home, work, sleep, repeat? Well, we find ourselves thinking that way from time to time.  Truth is, life can be like that for everyone, even for the most creative, dynamic […]

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Khao Soi – Northern Thailand’s Famous Noodles

If you were to ask us what to eat in Chiang Mai, our number one recommendation would be khao soi! You cannot visit Chiang Mai and miss having a bowl of Northern Thailand’s signature noodles.  What is khao soi you ask? Well, khao ข้าว means rice and soi ซอย means to cut.  It is believed to have been […]

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Passion fruit – facts, nutritional benefits and recipes

Passion fruit plant is believed to have originated from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina and Spanish explorers are credited for its name and for its spread around the world.  Usually, passion fruit is either yellow or purple.  The most common variety we find up here in Chiang Mai is the purple kind.  Passion fruit plant is […]

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