When I was a kid back in Ukraine, my family and I lived in a communal apartment - a kommunalka, as it was called. This phenomenon was a response to the housing crisis of 1900's Soviet Union. One communal apartment could house two or more entire - often multi-generational - families. Each family would be given a room, which would serve as their bedroom-slash-living room. The entryway, kitchen, and bathroom would be shared by everyone in the apartment, and all the rooms were connected by long, dimly-lit corridors. You can think of it like a college dorm, but way less . . .
One of the things I miss about having a "real" job where I go to the same office with the same group of people every day is that collective experience of the winter holidays. It all starts with the annual holiday party where you probably drink a little too much and maybe get to know a certain side of that certain coworker you didn't really want to know. It continues into the next day when you all schlep in late, with dark circles under your eyes and bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches in tow. Nothing gets done that day. Then there's the desk-side chats with your . . .
The end of this month will mark six months of life here on planet Syracuse. Six months - half a year. How insanely bananas is that? How time flies. Although the big move meant temporarily separating from my beloved city and my family and friends, it did grant me some things I never had before - like access to nature (which, it turns out, I quite like!), being able to afford a co-working space, and a washer and dryer inside our house, which is nothing short of a game-changer. Since the arrival of the infamous Syracuse snow that blankets the city every December . . .
Happy 2018, you guys!!! Since the new year just started, I'm sure many of you are feeling inspired to eat and live healthier. If you've been following me for a while, you know I talk about "plant-based" or "vegan" a lot, but I haven't really gone into the why. Here's the story of how I got inspired to eat healthier and the benefits I personally get from a mostly plant based whole foods diet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py_vSteLpM8 I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic! Tell me... What is your relationship with food? Does a plant-based diet . . .
I'm thrilled to partner with Lillet, one of my favorite French brands, to bring you these festive holiday recipes. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The New Baguette! Around this time last year, Rene and I were gearing up for a three-week holiday in Europe - first Poland, where I’d meet dozens of his family members, then France, where we’d be staying with my family in Paris and with his in Marseille. For a diehard Francophile like me, being in France feels like going back to the mothership, to create new memories and collect inspiration in the . . .
If the Northeast had an official winter activity and Watching Netflix On The Couch was not in the running - probably for being banned due to sexual misconduct allegations (too soon?) - then baking would definitely take the cake (pun intended). Ever since the first hint of winter here in Syracuse, I've had an undeniable urge to bake every single weekend. It doesn't help when I can see fluffy snowflakes flurrying outside through our kitchen window, which further deters me from going out and makes the inside of our house seem that much more hyggelig. And according to the . . .
Whenever anyone asks me where they should eat in New York City, my first answer is Rosemary's. It's an Italian restaurant downtown that serves some of the best homemade pasta and focaccia I've ever tasted, along with local produce and pasture-raised meats. It's spacious as compared to most West Village (aka, my favorite eating neighborhood) restaurants with a comfortable yet sophisticated decor, including high ceilings, an exposed brick wall, and wooden tables and chairs. In the daytime, it's flooded with natural light via the floor-to-ceiling windows, while in the . . .