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Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

  “Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.” Shirley Conran.   I often mention that I try to eat healthy, which is true, but at the same time, I have my own food demons whom I cannot resist sometimes. After living in Florida I developed love of spicy food. The recipe I would like to share with you today is the spiciest of all I ever made. It is fast and easy to make. So, I do not know if I can advertise it as a healthy one, but it is delicious if you are into spicy food! You may serve it with mashed potatoes, on a piece of...

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Skating in Washington DC in May, 2014

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Blog, Featured, People & Events, Travel | 4 comments

Skating in Washington DC in May, 2014

  “Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” George Eliot.   What would be our life if we did not take risks? If we did not seek adventures? If despite all odds, we did not pursue something that is challenging, daring, but turns out to be one of the best moments of your life? I am talking about my recent trip to Washington DC. It was not about sightseeing even that I would have enjoyed doing the same tours I had taken when I had visited DC in 2009. It was about adventure! It was about sports! As you already know, I...

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Fresh Seafood & Greek Village in Tarpon Springs

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Fresh Seafood & Greek Village in Tarpon Springs

  I am on a seafood diet. Every time I see food, I eat it. Anonymous.   I would like to share with you my impressions from visiting a Greek Village in Tarpon Springs, FL. If you are looking for a half-day local trip for those of you from Tampa Bay Area, it is a great place to go either with friends or family. For all others it is just another idea of one of your sights when you visit Tampa Bay. First of all, you will taste the freshest seafood in Tampa Bay – delivered right from the boat! Second, you can spoil yourself with...

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Blue Dress in Tossed Hearts, Red Belt & White Shoes

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Blog, Fashion, Featured | 0 comments

Blue Dress in Tossed Hearts, Red Belt & White Shoes

  Sweet April showers do spring May flowers. Thomas Tusser.   It has been a while since I wrote my last blog post. Spring took me away spinning in the dance of its sounds, aromas and spirits. I have been doing lots of sports, mostly outdoor inline skating, and it made my Spring special. My go-to outfits became sports leggings, shorts, dri-fit tanks, long sleeve exercise tops, and sneakers. I enjoyed all things Spring could offer, and now is the time to share it all with you. So, when I finally took a small break from my outdoor...

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Avocado & Salmon Mini Tower with Ditalini Vegetable Ragout

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Avocado & Salmon Mini Tower with Ditalini Vegetable Ragout

“I’m into very colorful food. Obviously lots of flavor, but I think we eat with our eyes first, so it has to look great. The presentation has to be great.’ Giada De Laurentiis.   Nice things are often simple things. When it comes to plating your meals, smaller portions will always look neater. Have you ever thought why fancy restaurants serve small-portioned meals? Of course, they can make more money when they serve you a smaller meal for the price of a bigger one. On a positive note, a nicely presented small meal will...

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The Great EsSkate 2014 in Miami Beach, FL – Adventure, Fun & Sports

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog, Featured, People & Events | 6 comments

The Great EsSkate 2014 in Miami Beach, FL – Adventure, Fun & Sports

  “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” Heywood Broun.   Nowadays it is becoming more popular to do some sports. Some do it for building better physique, some – for improving health, some – for developing self-discipline, and some – just for fun! I tried a few sports: running, cycling, horseback riding, going to gym or bootcamp, training at home with dumbbells, doing yoga and pilates… Some sports require more investments than others – into gear and rigorous training sessions. Some...

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Visiting Ukraine in 2013. Part 3. Kiev (Kyiv).

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Visiting Ukraine in 2013. Part 3. Kiev (Kyiv).

  “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust. I traveled to Kiev in August 2013. It was part of my trip to Ukraine, where I had not been for five years. I shared my first impressions of visiting other cities of Ukraine in Part 1 (Artemovsk) and Part 2 (Gorlovka). Living in Kiev was a wonderful experience of my life. I escaped to Kiev in 2003 to find better opportunities and improve my lifestyle. I found what I came for. Despite all the challenges, I felt so free...

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Organic Chocolate Cake with Yoghurt and Walnuts

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Organic Chocolate Cake with Yoghurt and Walnuts

  “I could give up chocolate but I am not a quitter”. Unknown. Let’s face it: there are many temptations we can resist as adults, but most of us are helpless before our favorite chocolate bar or a chocolate cake. I could do without some desserts for most of my life. But even then I rarely refused indulging in chocolate! In tough times we used an expression ‘to keep a bar of chocolate for a rainy day’. I remember my friend coming over for tea and bringing our favorite bar of chocolate, adding that she...

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Lace, Pearls and Taupe Booties

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Blog, Fashion, Featured | 1 comment

Lace, Pearls and Taupe Booties

“Lace – the invention of a goddess and the occupation of a queen.” Vinciolo.   Some fashion elements just never get boring. Lace and pearls – what can be more romantic and sensual? I paired a lace trim top with a pearl necklace, white jeans and taupe subtly embellished booties. The top is very versatile, and it adds a touch of elegance to a casual outfit. I also wore it with a skater skirt for a birthday party. Matching light brown hues with white is a pleasure in itself. This color combination is easy to perceive...

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Light and Delicious Green Bean Casserole with Zucchini & Garlic

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Light and Delicious Green Bean Casserole with Zucchini & Garlic

  “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving”. W.T. Purkiser   I discovered that it is easy to make someone thankful – just cook for them! This time I experimented with a dish frequently served at Thanksgiving. Green bean casserole! I got inspiration from a few sources, but, as usual, I knew I would have to substitute. I probably tried green bean casserole once at someone’s place. It did not impress me much not because of lack of someone’s cooking...

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