Breakfast in West London. Завтраки в Вест Лондоне.

If you live in West London, just visiting or staying at a hotel and not willing to overpay for breakfast, I can share with you a couple of places I like to go to.

Cuisine de bar by Poilane is situated just on the edge between Knightsbridge and Chelsea, in a Victorian mansion on Cadogan Gardens just off the King's Road. The design is suddenly Scandinavian with large share tables, floor to ceiling racks with home-made granolas, jams and patisserie you can buy and an open kitchen in the basement covered with glass. Menu is small and simple - delicious tartines with great variety of toppings (my favourite is soft cheese, salmon and chive), couple of rather not trivial dishes with eggs and amazing warm croissants. 



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Guide books from Phaidon. Путеводители от Phaidon

True adventurers usually despise guide books. They prefer to stay off the beaten paths and find interesting places on their own getting lost couple of times on the way. I am not a big fan of long historical notes and touristy restaurants with unbelievably high prices and bad food. But I am a fan of Phaidon's City Guides. 


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Sunsets of Maldives. Закаты на Мальдивах.

Maldives are a chain of tiny islands in 26 atolls and surrounded by coral reef. Tourism is the most important part of the country's income and every hotel occupies the whole island. When you arrive in there you are objected to staying on that tiny island the entire time. You can of course go a) fishing b) for "a luxury dolphin spotting" (champagne included) c) for snorkeling with turtles d) to a locals village where you can try their food and experience life not spoiled by civilization e)for a romantic dinner on a deserted island. And this it pretty much it. The capital island Male has one hotel Holiday Inn, where you can only find soft drinks and Pringles in a mini bar, and mosques.  Maldives is a Muslim country and if you bring alcohol with you you will be kindly asked to leave at the airport until leaving. Maldives is definitely not a destination for those who love cities and sightseeing. 

I am one of those people who likes beach holidays but prefers to always have an option of going somewhere and learning somewhere. Being stuck on a tiny island you can go round in 20 minutes is not my cup of tea. Or so I thought.

Maldives are amazing in a way that they can turn a sceptic into its devoted adherent. You stop clicking your camera every minute in about one day and start just observing. And you cannot believe that someone is born in Novosibirsk, in Siberia, and someone is born here, on these sparkling white sandy island contrasting with azure waters of Indian ocean. You staring to get used to this slow and measured life. A nice and light breakfast of fruit in a restaurant just beside the sea is followed by a few tedious hours on a 
beach with a book and cocktail. After that you have lunch, right there on the beach. Then you spend another few hours under the gentle afternoon sun and have dinner at one of the many restaurants. And finally you enjoy your last cocktail at a bar listening to all familiar melodies played by a local band.

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My best burger. Мой самый лучший бургер

I am not a specialist in burgers and I have never been to the USA. I don't eat them that often. I had a favourite burger at that jazz bar on the Monaco beach with juicy beef, big peace of cheese and on foccacia bread. Some time ago the replaced the special bread with a normal one ant the burger lost it. I wouldn't say I was desperate but the place of my top burger became vacant. Until I tried one at the new cafe The Burger Brothers in Moscow on Mayakovskaya underground station.



I heard and read a lot in the past six months about the success of the guys I was working with some time ago. When I came to Moscow again couple of weeks ago I decided I need to go and check it for myself. And well, yes it was the best burger I have ever had.

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