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Steam like a Russian: A beginners guide

Steam like a Russian: A beginners guide

   For us Russians, the Banya is a deeply rooted part of our culture, so we tend to forget that many don't know the basic whys and hows of steaming. Often first timers are at a loss of what to do in our bathhouse. They come in, steam once, change, rehydrate, eat, and leave. They really miss out on the overall experience and don't take advantage of the mental and physical benefits steaming has to offer. Our mission is for ALL our visitors to experience steaming the way it's meant to be experienced, so read on, ask questions and leave shyness at home! This is a straightforward guide for steaming noobs! Over time your routine will become individualized to your habits […]

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The True Turkish Hamam

The True Turkish Hamam

During our travels in Istanbul we indulged in many local authenticities: mosques, ruins, cuisine, markets. It was an indulgent experience for the entire family but we did keep in mind that we were there for research. We wanted to explore authentic Turkish Baths and use the knowledge to enhance our own bathhouse. The particular Hamam that we went to is called Gedikpasa Bath and we highly recommend a visit if you ever find yourself in Istanbul. The Hamam continues to be part of Turkish culture, just as it was six hundred years ago. The concept of the Turkish bathhouse was adopted from the Romans, who presided in the area we now call Turkey before […]

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We love our kitchen and what comes out of it

We love our kitchen and what comes out of it

  Food is the source of happiness in any Russian household. Eating a lot and eating often is key to a healthy social life and to keeping the vodka down. My childhood was stuffed with blinis, borscht, homemade dumplings and perogies. My entire family used to get together and create food from scratch every weekend. After moving to Canada, we have integrated old traditions into a new life, maintaining the food we make as an important contributor to our day to day joy. In the recent years we've enforced a delicious pre-new years tradition. New Years is THE holiday for Russian people. During the 74 year communistic rein, most holidays were illegal since they had religion connotations, so the Russians […]

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A bathhouse is best full of friends

A bathhouse is best full of friends

Steaming in isolation is euphoric. When you have the steam room all to yourself you have the chance to achieve meditative comfort. You have time to clearly think about whatever it is you need to confront, or forget it all and drift between soft thoughts. I do this at least once a week. The only problem is, I'm never motivated to REALLY steam when alone. By my third time in the sauna I begin to feel restless and demotivated; I have difficulty pushing myself to really stick it out and get roasted when alone.                                   […]

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It’s all in the details

  During our trip to Rome, we acquired an original brick from The Baths of Trajan. This was a massive bathing and leisure complex built in 104AD by Emperor Trajan. These thermae (from Greek thermos, meaning "hot") were used as a recreational and social center by both male and female Roman citizens. We are proud to have a little piece of Roman Baths history in our own sauna!   We didn't want "Men" and "Women" on our change room doors; we needed something a little more Russian and adorable. For the guys I drew a MANLY bear, in shorts. One has to be decent after all.           […]

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