A Sojourner’s Journal: Still in Russia

Cosmos continues with her experiences in St. Petersburg, Russia;

July 16, 2017
I went to the St. Basil Cathedral with Nancy today; was somebody compensating for something? Because you could literally fit a giant in here.
Got treated to shawarma afterwards, the garlic sauce worth killing for.

July 19, 2017
Went to this really old bookshop today, place had a marble staircase. Went to the park afterwards and got myself a cup of mulled wine; was good.
On the way back to the apartment, a pair of break dancers performed in the subway car.

July 20, 2017
Wanted to visit someplace called the Chocolate Museum today; turns out it’s just a chocolate shop. Passed a violinist playing a song from Anastasia; wish I could play like that.
Saw an old mosque and had a pretty decent lunch at Burger King.
I am now sick. Literally. I have a cold.

July 21, 2017
Still sick. Still going to the zoo though.
The metro station next to the zoo looks like a spaceship.
Zoo was awesome;
The wolf slept through everyone staring at her.
The lion was posing a like a runway model for a photoshoot (Nancy thinks he was just selecting lunch)
The jaguar and snow leopard could care less.
I saw a sleeping Sam Winchester.
Saw a tiger pace around before he tripped and promptly hid to hide the shame
Owl face. So much owl face.
The python just slept through everything
After the zoo, I let a dude put a snake on my shoulders. It felt like something cool wrapped in cling film and after that another dude put a macaw on my wrist. Bird walked up my arm and on to my shoulders. The claws kinda tickled.

Found a place in a park with a maze and models of famous buildings in the city and historical dudes at a table. This is the tallest I have ever felt.


2 Cups of Coffee (and an ice-cream too)

It’s been a while since I posted my coffee and ice-cream review lists. So long in fact that it’s time for an update on that war front, so let’s dive in:
1. Vida E Cafe: I finally did it. I finally dragged my ass (and my wallet) here and I loved it. Why didn’t I get here sooner?!? As always, I played it safe and ordered a caffe latte (I often find that ,if nothing else, cafes usually make a decent latte) and it was divine. And while they have more limited selection compared to places like Second Cup, they are, nevertheless, worth it. The complementary piece of dark chocolate is just the cherry on top.
2. Ci gusta: This was actually suggested to us in a comment in my ice-cream review list. Truth is, I was here years ago (had the waffles, don’t remember much past that). However more recently, I came back here with company. My latte passed the test however it seemed the beans for my companions Americanos had been over-roasted causing a somewhat bitter taste. I was told by one of my companions that this was unusual as she came here often and had never had any issue. Interestingly enough the Americanos were served with a mini-scoop of ice-cream on a mini-cone. But the true highlight of our visit was the ice-cream. My companions ordered the berry ice-cream, I tried a bit and it was quite simply; a delight. I ordered the rum raisin ice-cream, also an excellent choice that is just this side of boozy.
Well that’s all we have for now. Don’t forget to leave a suggestion of where you’d like me or NJ to go next. 
Till next time,
Cosmos out.

A Scoop or Two

So we’ve talked about coffee but you know what I think goes perfectly with coffee? Ice-cream!!! Whether you enjoy it with a hot cup of goodness or on its own, this treat is always a welcome respite from the heat of the day. But I’m not talking about the store bought kind, delicious though it maybe, no I’m talking about going out and ordering a twirl or a scoop. So here are my thoughts on some of the places I’ve been to:

KFC: In terms of ice-cream, you cannot go wrong with KFC. I have tried their twirl and their sundae and loved them both. NJB raves about their crushers. I really can’t say much else other than go try it for yourself.

Burger & Relish: I LOVE this place and will write a full review on it but that’s for another day. Now NJB and I visited this place sometime ago with friends and after a wonderful meal decided to order dessert. One of the options was a brownie with either vanilla or peanut butter ice cream. Unsure of the latter, we ordered the vanilla to be on the safe side however there was a mishap in the kitchen and we were given the peanut butter. We thought it would be bad. We were wrong. Wanna know how good it was? I reminded NJB about it this morning and she made a sound that was not human. That’s how good it was.

Creamy Inn: Sitting between its more popular cousins Chicken Inn and Pizza Inn, Creamy Inn kind of just sits there. However those who do go up to their counter know that they serve a decent ice cream nonetheless.

Nominom: Okay let’s set this straight right off the bat: Nominom does not serve ice cream, they serve frozen yogurt. However it is a delicious alternative to those who prefer a healthier option. Word of caution though, flavors are very specific so not everything may suit your taste-buds. I personally recommend the blueberry.

Papaye: Papaye has been around for a while now and they will be around for a long time to come. Their ice cream isn’t bad either. Both their vanilla and chocolate are really good. NJB and I are not really fans of their mixed ice cream but that’s just a personal preference so don’t let it stop you from trying it out.

So that’s my list for today, do you have anyplace you’d like me to check out?

Till the next time….


Cosmos out.

The Restaurant of Lights


For all the birthday enthusiasts, I think you should consider Coco Lounge (the restaurant of lights) for your next birthday party. It will take a dent in your purse / wallet but trust me, the feeling is exceptional.

On my birthday this year, my boss had arranged a dinner at the restaurant of lights on the same day so she suggested we turn the dinner into a birthday celebration which was just fine by me.  The birthday party was made up of Ms. Vivienne, Ms. Susan, Mr. Adamantios, Jessie and Konstantinos.

I had been to the restaurant the year before and knew how classy it is so I glammed up for the celebration. Upon arrival, we were showed to our table by the very friendly waiters. Service is totally on point at this place. The entire place was packed as usual and there was faint music and chatter everywhere. A waiter was assigned to us and he assisted us in selecting the best champagne and meals. I had vegetarian lasagna which was so delicious. I would have rather loved some burrito though but the Mexican dish is served only on Thursdays.

After the meal, that was when the surprise came – an amazing show for birthday celebrations. To know what this is all about, have your birthday party there. Trust me, it is mindblowing!!!! Watch the video here

There was a mix up in the cake though because I ordered a chocolate cake and I was given a vanilla. They however packaged my chocolate cake which was the heaviest cake I have ever held and it was made with real chocolate. Thinking about it will give me a chocogasm.

We later took the party upstairs to Urban Grill where we had some drinks and called it a night. We left the restaurant after midnight.

That was one of the best nights of my life!