May 16, 2010

365 Project

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 4:09 pm by Jenn

I started a new project today.  I know, I know….but this is a cool project.  It’s called 365 Project and I learned about it from a post on Javajem’s blog.  I thought it would be a fun since I’m getting ready to begin a new chapter of my life and I’m continuing to adjust to life back in the US.

Of course I forgot my camera when I headed out for my day today, but thankfully I had my phone so was able to capture a couple of pictures and I chose this as my first for the project

This stop wasn’t on the list of things to do today, but as the day went on, I kept thinking about cabbage rolls and sushki and simple cheese and I couldn’t stop.  So off I went in search of the Russian store in Virginia.  Thanks again to my phone and the Around Me app I was there in less than 20 minutes!  I found the sushki, my favorite green apple juice, the chumack ketchup that I need for the cabbage rolls, chocolate covered cheesecake (yum), Baltika 4 and 8 (beer) and some simple cheese.  The store was cute and reminded me a lot of a magazine (little store) that you would see in Belarus.  The women were nice and I thank them and bid them farewell in their native language….that drew a few stares!  It’s funny isn’t it.  Two years ago I never would have dreamed of walking in to a Russian grocery store and now I can walk in and I’m familiar with the products.  On my next trip I plan to get some pelmini and some lecho (what I use as the base for my newly famous chili).  Probably some more Baltika (call me crazy but I loved the beer).  As I type this post my sushki is soaking in milk and I’m going to treat my family to a fun snack. 

Since I was over in Virginia I decided to take a drive by the new place.  Here’s a picture – minus the Scott and Jenn love that it will be receiving in less than a month!

 I decided to drive around to locate the gym, swimming pool and grocery store.  Imagine my surprise when within walking distance I found – an East Asian Bistro, Noodles, Indian Restaurant, and Panera.  That just sweetened the deal.  I already knew there was a Japanese restaurant and movie theater but now I’m really excited to move.  I can taste the curry already!  The gym/swimming pool is within a 10 minute walk of the house AND there is a driving range on the opposite side of the street from the shops.  Fun times, fun times.



  1. C said,

    Russian Grocery= great find! There are some products from Belarus that I really do miss. Baltika was always popular at our house. Have you made the shashlik (sp) sauce that we had at the party? That was divine.

    Love the new house! Can’t wait to see pics once you are all moved in 🙂

    I haven’t made the sauce yet, but I will in the very near future. YUM YUM YUM. Let me know if there is anything special you are looking for and I can try to find it.

  2. Inna Shedrova said,

    That’s funny, cause I’m running around Minsk, trying to find tortilla’s to make some tacos, I miss Oreo cookies, ordering TIGI hair products from the States (they sell them here for 3 times as much!), don’t like the taste of local Coke, sometimes feel like some Ginger Ale (not a big fan tho)…. But I loved your post overall 🙂

    Let me know if you want me to send you a US care package Inna. Tortillas travel well!

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