Istanbul – City of Fairy Tales

I’ve got four favourite cities, where I want to come back again and again to. You can easily define them by the number of stamps in my passport. And today, after I’ve arrived in my favourite Istanbul, which I visited numerous times before (don’t even remember the exact number of trips), I’m overwhelmed with old..

Armenia. Dilijan

‘Why don’t you eat anything?’ – Chef of Tufenkian Restaurants asks me with peculiar Armenian accent. ‘You don’t eat and I feel ashamed that my guest is hungry! — He complains indignantly after about dozens of delicious dishes. — How can I eat, if you don’t? So I won’t eat as well!’ Arisa. It’s traditional..

Strawberry Gazpacho with Chinese five-spice powder and prawns

I’ve devoted my every spare moment to my favourite blog and project Food’n’Chef these past two weeks. And I must admit, this is not an easy task. Just try, for example, to fish out a recipe of an old traditional dish from a Chinese chef who doesn’t speak English. Do you think, it’s that simple?..

Armenia. Sevan and road to Dilijan

Armenia is a miraculous country. Every new curve in the road, every new turn opens wonderful and completely different scenery. As soon as you leave Yerevan, your mouth hangs open with astonishment and it can be closed only by your fellow traveller. I’d like to emphasize once more that my trip to Armenia is solely..


Armenia. Goris that I wasn’t able to see

We entered Goris – a town in south-east part of the country – when it had already got dark. According to locals, just a few hours ago the weather was sunny and it was +18°C. But we were met with fog and snowflakes. The aim of the whole trip is the Tatev monastery and Tatevatun..

Ravioli filled with ricotta and lemon from Amalfi

Just today I’ve encountered an excellent idea of how to celebrate the New Year. Dispose randomly all seven deadly sins from the Bible in your company and enjoy them the whole night long. And we started to discuss all these seven sins with my friends to find out the choice of each other. Well, I..

Armenia. Noravank

In the vicinity of Yerevan, just in 130 km, in a deep, long and extremely picturesque gorge there is hidden an ancient monastery named Noravank . It’s a beautiful complex with equally beautiful views of the gorge. People say that during Soviet times it was difficult to access the monastery, but later on several mountains..

Arroz del Senyoret or Arroz a banda

Lots of tourists came to Spain solely for its paella. And I can say, its unforgettable taste is really worth travelling half-way round the world. To say the truth, I tasted the best paella for tourists, as it’s named by Jorge – creative and charismatic Spanish chef who shared the recipe of his dish for..

Hong Kong with Fujifilm X-M1

Hong Kong is a splendid city, where European approach combines with Asian aura. Hong Kong can be hardly compared with any other city. It is so unique, that just around the next corner you find yourself in a completely different atmosphere. All you want to do is to take your camera and never stop shooting…..

Armenia. Road to Goris

You just need to travel several kilometres inland from Yerevan, and nature changes completely. The mountains that used to be somewhere there become enormous and inviting, and raise that feeling of dominance. This is where you feel yourself small and begin to understand that a man is just one of the links of God’s chain...

Lamb Roll

Everything is relative. There are no bad and no good things. There is only our perception of the situation. You might make an objection, of course, and ask: ‘Will it be bad or good, if your friend misses a plane causing a problem for the whole system of non-refundable tickets?’ My answer will be ‘Bad’...

Armenia. Nation of inventors

The Armenians adore jokes. They make fun with extremely serious posture, and it’s very hard to define the line between humour and serious things – this line is rather vague. Imagine that peculiar Armenian accent – And now – lamb roll! – A lamb roll? Like Japanese? – No way! Armenian! In fact, the Japanese..

Foie gras custard with crispy shallot

Pate is one of my vices. Strong coffee, aromatic roll, smell of freshly cut flowers put in a vase on the table and pate which is spread on the piece of bread by someone you love – this is the best and the most romantic breakfast. Add a long kiss, tender touch and a sweet..

Thanksgiving Turkey

Some days are just crazy. Some are really crazy! In the past six months of my life, the number of days like this has been just over 99%. You know the feeling: you are trying to meet a dozen deadlines at once and you are always late. Your last decent sleep was two weeks ago..

Recipes

Strawberry Gazpacho with Chinese five-spice powder and prawns

Strawberry Gazpacho with Chinese five-spice powder and prawns

I’ve devoted my every spare moment to my favourite blog and project Food’n’Chef these past two weeks. And I must admit, this is not an easy task. Just try, for example, to fish out a recipe of an old traditional dish from a Chinese chef who doesn’t speak English. Do you think, it’s that simple?..
Eight Awesome Recipes from a Michelin Starred Executive Chef

Eight Awesome Recipes from a Michelin Starred Executive Chef

Due to some relation to food, I’m suffering from extra weight. And I think, after visiting my blog that offers recipes of the world best chefs you can understand me. To say the truth, I’m still looking for a solution of the problem how to keep myself fit. A diet? It’s boring. Sport? It’s difficult,..
Ravioli filled with ricotta and lemon from Amalfi

Ravioli filled with ricotta and lemon from Amalfi

Just today I’ve encountered an excellent idea of how to celebrate the New Year. Dispose randomly all seven deadly sins from the Bible in your company and enjoy them the whole night long. And we started to discuss all these seven sins with my friends to find out the choice of each other. Well, I..