Yellow Pea Soup with Spicy Croutons, or “Who Said Spring Is Not a Good Time for Comfort Food?”

As it gets warmer in Seattle, I would expect myself to shift from comfort foods to salads and smoothies. Yeah, I would. However, this March was rainy and foggy so I decided to delay the shift until mid-April. I believe that my body knows better what it needs to stay comfortable and reserve energy for the upcoming summer. In truth, I expect this summer to be busy and energy-draining, but I’ll say more about this later.

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Baked Pears and St. Valentine’s Day, Or It’s Not About Chocolate

As the sweetest holiday approaches, I get more and more excited. Where to go for dinner? What to wear? What present to buy? While choosing a romantic vegan restaurant (or at least the one that is willing to make changes per our usual request) is not a big problem, the question of dessert is yet open.

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Classic Vinaigrette or Let’s Remember the Basics

Creating new recipes is an exciting and even magical experience. Am I going to like it? Did I write all the measurements precisely? Is it going to look pretty? When I create a new recipe, I feel that I have a newborn on my hands, and I want to share my joy with everyone. J However, sometimes it is just as much fun to give new life to an old recipe as it is to create a new one. For example, Slavic cooking traditions have a great number of amazing recipes that have simply been forgotten. The world demands creativity, even though sometimes there is no need to create a bicycle all over again.

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Starbucks Roastery & Tasting Room Or There is Always Something New to Discover

My relationships with coffee were always pretty tight. I started drinking it when I was at school and then continued all the way through university. There is a part of me that truly believes that coffee may have been the reason I was able to navigate between classes and part-time jobs during all five years while working on my degrees. Somewhere around that time, I understood that caffeine had stopped affecting me the way it affected others and my love for coffee continued on the basis of comfort and routine. And sometimes there were weeks when I had a menu consisting of seven to nine cups of coffee a day (I guess such revelations are actually needed to explain why I decided to change my life style and how damn difficult it was). Luckily, those days are long gone and today I enjoy mostly good quality decaffeinated coffee or regular ones a few times a week.

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Creatively Speaking about Dislikes

I do not know maybe it is a recent weather or just me being moody but this week I have decided to share a very unusual piece of writing with you guys.

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Appreciation Or Thinking Deeper

Oh boy! Time does fly by fast. Hard to believe it’s been almost … two weeks since the Memorial Day weekend! I hope you all guys had a great three-day break! I had an amazing one! In fact, the long weekend made me think about something very important, something that I do not think about enough. Appreciation.

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Living the Dream or From Seattle with Love

I have been thinking for a while now what to say in my first post about Seattle.  I mean, of course, I have to write how pretty it is, or clean, or modern. But I guess those are just the obvious criteria for each and every city described by its much-dedicated fans. I bet the people of Chicago could easily fight for their city to be the prettiest, or the people of Austin would argue that there is no more modern city than theirs.

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Health is not a choice – It is the way of living

I was born in the family of the doctors. Both of my parents, my sister, and her husband went a long way to get their medical degrees and I am … well, I am not one of them. Honestly, I have never been a big fan of blood and that kind of stuff. So these days I learn about health from literature, experience of others and, of course, my own. And this is the hardest part: I have to try everything out on myself. I claim it is the hardest because medicine has hundreds of researches to prove its point and I have to dig through the knowledge buried under the tons of information. What do I mean? Things like how to suppress inflammation in a body or how to heal irritated gums, or increase vitamins intake without actual pills.

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5 Reasons why I decided to start a blog

5 Reasons why you should do it too

  1. Sharpen my writing.

I believe that there is no way to become a good writer without actually spending time writing. “If you want to be a writer, write”, Epictetus said once, and who am I to argue with the Greek philosopher?

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