Saveur Blog Awards Finalist
2017 and 2018
in Best Travel Blog category

About me

Hey there! I am Yulia!

I write stories about food, travel, and things that matter like sustainability and my mild obsession with Hollywood actors. Home is Russia, but I currently live in Germany and eat rye bread with butter every day.

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Latest Posts

Food Stories – English

All About the Way People Cook and Eat Around the World

Food Stories

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Food Stories

That’s What She Had in 2022

In the past year I barely cooked anything new. When I did it was mainly in summer, those three wonderful months when farmer’s markets were overflowing with freshly dug out goodness, when the stove was mostly off giving way to…

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Food Stories

Goodbye My Lover

It’s been eight months since I’ve had a slice of bread, a piece of cake, or pancakes. Wait, that’s not quite right. I did eat bread made with almond flour, the cheese part of a cheesecake and buckwheat crepes. What…

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Food Stories

That’s What She Had in 2021

Cooking other people’s recipes is a joy. Because once you make it, it feels almost like the amazing result belongs to you wholly. You were the one who went out and did groceries. You peeled, and washed, and cut, and…

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A Year of Seasonal Eating – English

My Monthly Blah-Blah Reports as I Call Them

A Year of Seasonal Eating

Motherhood Section

For All The New Mamas (and Papas) Out There


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My Superpower

Remember that time when I made waffles obsessively and took a happiness course? If not, I wrote about it here. Also, if you are judging me, the happiness course was developed by a Yale University professor which makes it totally…

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Dear Diary: Happy Edition

30th of September  Dear diary, Husband is in Nuremberg for a few days and I am home with kids, counting days till he comes back. In the morning we had a video call. Knopka was lying on the play mat…

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On Waffles and Happiness

This year is the strangest. The most trying year of my life to this point, but full of grandiose events and feelings at the same time. This year our second son was born, my parents came to visit after almost…

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Side Notes – English

Everything That Doesn’t Technically Fit in This Blog but Has to be Written Anyways

Side Notes

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Side notes

Hello 2023! Please, Have Mercy!

“I don’t know what I think until I write it down.”  Joan Didion Where do I even start? Maybe I should tell you all about how 2022 was a challenging year. Wait, I have already. I’ve been singing the same…

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Side notes

I Am Not Ok

We hit a new low: my country in its insanity and I in levels of frustration and anxiety. Mobilization was declared in Russia, meaning any man of age may be drafted to serve in army and sent to war. They…

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Side notes

To Be Russian Now

When you are a kid all you want for your birthday is a mountain of ice cream, a couple kilos of chocolate and the coolest toy all your friends have at the time. Instead, your grannies present you with underwear…

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