Thursday, June 30, 2011


Setting up a job interview while being at the beach :D well, you don't see a lot of the beach here, but believe me it looks almost like in Florida! :D

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Latvian dessert - fresh strawberries and whipped cream with roasted oats and sugar...

Friday, June 24, 2011

London, part III



Midsummer in Latvia

We have finally reached Latvia. My parents were waiting for us with homemade pastries, Latvian Midsummer cheese, dark bread, traditional Latvian beer, freshly picked strawberries, ice cream and champagne. Perfect!
 yes, it's already almost midnight in Latvia, but there is still a little bit light outside.
 That's Eric in traditional Latvian Midsummer 'headwear'/oak leaf crown

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rainy London, part II


We left Chicago on Sunday after really nice evening with a few Eric's friends. Flight was fine, we didn't have any problems with border control/customs, and no luggage was lost. Now we are in London, super tired and ready to sleep. It's much colder in here, people are actually wearing boots and coats (but that's maybe only British style). We have spent at least 30 pounds for trains and at least 4,5 hours in the trains. Fun, right? Right now we are trying to get tickets to Latvia to spend some time with my family. It seems we are going to be here in London for at least one more day. Poop.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

and the trip begins....

We have finally packed everything we are taking back to Europe (hopefully our bags won't be too heavy). Have said all the goodbyes. Today we are flying to Chicago and then on Monday taking a flight to London. After that...well, we don't know yet.

and here is the awesome blue button earrings Bonnie made me as a goodbye present. Sweet! :) You can buy those in basically any color in her store - bybonnilu on Etsy.
And thank you to my friend Edaan who sent me one more Colorado Rockies hat! yay!

Friday, June 17, 2011


Someone in Sofia, Bulgaria has a sense of humor. :) The monument dedicated to Soviet Union solders have been repainted by unknown artist.  The text below them reads: “Moving with the times”.
Scanpix/Reuters/Stoyan Nenov

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

black bean burgers

My roommates are vegetarian, so we (me and Eric) also are trying not to eat meats at home (well, we broke this rule twice when we bought Polish sausage for sauerkraut and minced meat for Bolognese sauce). So at home we are eating a lot of different meat replacements.  I don't mind it at all, I think they are about million times better than meat anyway. Eating that much vegetarian food is very interesting for me, because I've never been real vegetarian so I even didn't really know what tofu is.
When I was introduced to Black Bean Burgers I was very skeptical first because I don't like burgers and second because Black Bean Burgers sounds weird. Until I tasted them - seriously, that was so good that since then I've been eating Black bean burgers almost every other day. Now I also know how easy it is to make them at home (the other option of course is to buy them at the grocery store). 

Black Bean Burgers

1 (2 oz) hamburger bun, torn in pieces
3 tbsp olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 (15,5 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp garted lime rind
¾ tsp chili powder
½ tsp chopped fresh oregano
¼ tsp salt
1 larg egg, lightly beaten
1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Place bun in food processor; process 4 times or until crumbs measure about 1 cup. Transfer to a bowl. 

Combine 1 tbsp oil, garlic and beans in processor, pulse 8 times or until beans make a thick paste. Scrape the bean mixture into bowl with breadcrumbs. 
Stir in rind and remaining ingredients. 

With moistened hands, divide bean mixture into 4 equal portions (abot 1/3 cup mixture per portion), shaping each into a 3-inch patty. 
 Heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties to pan, reduce the heat to medium and cook 4 minutes or until bottom edges are browned. Carefully turn patties over cook 3 minutes or until bottom edges are done.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Cincinnati, OH

I have finally developed the film from my camera. Some old pictures from Winter.