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 something about fresh country air, farm land and nature that instantly calms you.  We highly recommend getting out of the city even just for a day trip to any stressed and worn out city dwellers out … [Continue reading...]

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 travelling to El Nido from Puerto Princessa was no easy feat.  We had to travel, by van, for 6 hours before reaching El Nido.  The drive was not hard or dangerous, it was just long.  Very long.  What helped make time go by faster … [Continue reading...]

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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Fresh Tomato Salsa

It’s summer so you know it’s time for tomatoes! I remember eating tomatoes like they’re apples as a kid.  I remember my grandma telling me to eat tomatoes because they help you have clear, beautiful skin and you know what, whether it’s an old wive’s tale or not, I think she was right. Nowadays, I […]

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Rhubarb Muffins with Almond Streusel

I spent one year without and oven and I really missed baking.  So the first chance I had, I decided to bake muffins and cookies all in one day.  I found a recipe for rhubarb muffins on and because I’ve had success with a lot of their recipes in the past, I decided to […]

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La Cubana

Ever been to La Cubana on Roncesvalles ? What do you think of their food and service?  To be truthful, it took us awhile to try La Cubana when they first opened because of some bad reviews online with respect to their service.   Not sure if the complaints were warranted or not, but we don’t […]

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