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Strawberry fields forever

Me with strawberry

8th March is an international woman’s day and a big holiday in Russia. We gals get lots of attention on this day and lots and lots of flowers mostly mimosa as a symbol of spring and new beginnings. My fiance gave me beautiful mimosa flowers and took me to Yamanashi to “ichigo gari” – strawberry fields to pick the berries and eat right from the bush.


He knows well where my heart is. Strawberry is one of few things that make my life really worth living. I eat it almost every day and at that particular trip I managed to eat 102 strawberries. I’m really not bragging here.  Fruits and veggies are my essentials. I can go without meat or fish for weeks but I really can’t live without fruits or veggies. That’s all I eat when I have a freedom to choose my meal. There’s just so much joy in all that juicy and sweet low calorie treats. I would never exchange a basket of strawberry on a ton of ice cream or cheese cake, no way!


After strawberry fields we went to Suntory whiskey factory to test 12 year old white whiskey and see how it’s being made. It was actually very interesting. They believe that a good whiskey needs a very pure and natural environment like forest and a music like the sound of wind and birds. So they located the factory in the heart of a mountain forest and got all sorts of birds to sing lullabies to the drink. hehe The place was very organic and peaceful. I got 12 year old bottle for my brother. It got several awards on the international market and was even featured in “Lost in translation” movie.


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