Archive for May, 2010

Natalia Vodianova

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Forbes Magazine published a list of the top models of the world earning the most money and there was a Russian top-model Natalia Vodianova in the sixth place. Honestly, I didn’t even know how she looks like so I guess it was a good time for me to have a look. To my disappointment she was not even beautiful enough to be one of the greatest models    :(    …

I guess it is only about being in the right place in the right time… having a great make-up.

Running Shorts

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

I was very surprised to see that most of the girls here are wearing very unsexy shorts when they are jogging. I guess they should be comfortable and also let the air to flow but the girls are looking extremely unpleasant in them…

You would never see a girl in Ukraine wearing those shorts. I guess American girls are not willing to be sexy and this is their choice.

Pirate radio (2009)

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

You should look at this film as a tribute to rock n roll of 1960s and to the times when people believed that music can have a serious impact on politics and a personal life.

If you expect something more from this movie you will be disappointed, there are a lot of small plots but nothing really deep or interesting. This film should have taken not more then 100 minutes and I am not aware why the author decided to extend it to two hours as it was pretty boring to watch.

My rate starstar

500 days of summer (2009)

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

The love story but not a typical one. Boys meets girl and fall in love though she is too cruel to leave him or he is too naive to expect that happening earlier.

I don’t really think that film had something to show us about love or relationship…

I wanted to know if I am the only one who feels the same way about the film and I found this peace which shows the way I felt too:

Minute 1: some voice introduces the movie, saying that it is not a love story. Minute 2: I figured out that it is a love story. Minute 10: the movie takes a good start, promising to be something fresh, funny and original. Minute 30: It still hasn’t been either fresh, funny or original. Minute 40: I’m wondering when the story is going to unfold it’s plot. Minute 50: I’m realizing that this is the plot. Minute 60: I’m realizing that the movie isn’t going to be fresh, funny or original. The movie is starting to get on my nerves. Minute 70: I’m thinking of walking out of the cinema. Minute 80: I know I should have. I’m walking out.

My rate starstar

Olive Garden

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I finally had a chance to go to a very popular chain of American restaurants named Olive Garden. It was all packed at 12 am but we were lucky to get a table there.

I cannot say that interior impressed me though the service was definitely American style (are you still working on your food? How is everything? etc)  but pretty good. We were asked if we would like a complimentary glass of Pinot Grigio and of course noone refused.

It was the first time I saw that the restaurant is showing the amount of calories in dish in their menu and this information was surprisingly very helpful. I realized that I am not willing to get a pasta with thousands calories in it!!! Oh My God, what kind a portion is that?

We both went for a house garden salad with garlic breadsticks and one appetizer and were more than full afterwards.

I have nothing against the food quality or service but also no intention of going back either. Strange…

The First Time

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I have to admit that I love smoothies; they are healthy and tasty summer drinks which you can buy in certain places… I was not lucky with Albany, as most of places put too much coloured or flavored juices instead of real ones. So you can only imagine the colour of my tongue after drinking it!

Even when I asked someone where the best smoothie place is I was sent to the shop which was closed for more than a year!!!

It was a good time to try and make a smoothie myself.

The recipe was simple:

-frosen bananas,

-frosen mango;

-fresh apple juice.

OMG, it was amazingly tasty (big surprise!) and my first home made smoothie will definitely be not the last one :).

Your ID, please!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I had an amusing incident today. I just needed to get some more petrol…oh “gas” so I stopped and filled up the car. Someone told me that the easiest way to get matches is in the same place. So I asked if they had any matches there and surprisingly was asked if I am over 18 years old.

I astonished for a moment and said that I am already 23 but it was not enough as I have been asked for my ID!!!! I thought someone is joking and asked if they were serious. They were very serious.

I needed to go to the car in order to get my ID. I was still shocked but showing my ID asked what the reason is as I am not even buying cigarettes and I am already driving a car which means I am not a child. I was told that you can drive when you are 16 but you only allowed matches at the age of 18!!!!… because matches are flammable.

Does it make sense?

Pleasantville 1998

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I guess I have never got into this movie as I found it quite predictable and not interesting. Two teenagers from 1990s found themselves in 1950s TV show where you have loving parents and society of old fashioned behavior where everything is black and white. A pleasant life of “Pleasantville”. I really enjoyed the play with colors though.

I found this film rather boring and trivial than essential and touching.

My rate starstarstar

Who wears Karen Millen in the United States?

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

My best ever boyfriend was so kind to drive me for three hours inthe worst possible rain so I  can visit the only Karen Millen outlet store in whole United States! It was so worth it!

Karen Millen is an English brand which has only several stores throughout the USA and the prices in those stores are much higher than even in England where this brand came from.

A couple of months ago I really liked the coat which I tried in a Karen Millen store. It was so much cheaper to order it in England and send to the States than to buy it from the store that it was amazing!

I was looking forward to this visit to Outlets and it didn’t disappoint me.

The Wrentham outlets where Karen Millen store located were huge and it took me a while to find the store I came for.

I and Mark spent there about two hours trying on clothes which were just like made for me. Everything was sitting perfectly, which happens so rare with me! The tough moment was to choose what I am going to buy as everything was so great. Three dresses, a top and a pair of shoes was the result of the visit and to my happiness the prices were as they should be in outlet store and plus to all of it I had a 25% discount only because I signed to be a member of the Wrentham outlets and just printed the coupon which was really useful :).

I would definitely consider another trip there in the future and I LOVE KAREN MILLEN! The clothes they make are gorgeous!

Dinner at the Culinary Institute of America

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

I am just back from Culinary Institute of America where I had a lovely dinner with my boyfriend. I would prefer to start about the college first.

It is situated right by the river in a nice area with parks, geese, squirrels… and endless smells of food. Everywhere around the college you can smell it, it is unavoidable! If you were a tourist like me you would directly get hungry. There were a lot of students walking with the small white boxes and there always was a smell of food too. I had that urge when i really wanted to know what is inside that smells so nicely but there was nothing you can do to find out unless you wanted to be rude. Anyway the college looked as a good place to learn how to cook and a great place for future chefs.

By the way, being an employee of Marriott I was surprised to see an Educational center of JW Marriott. I am proud that he also takes part in the culinary education and helps future chefs of the Marriott hotels as well :).

By the time we finally got to the restaurant I was so hungry that I could eat anything. We had a reservation for Caterina de’ Medici restaurant which serves the Italian food. I have to admit that the food was exceptional though the service was not that great. It was understandable and expectable as the waiter was a student and obviously didn’t have much of the experience. We had a great time there though and no doubt I would love to go back.