Athens, Greece
Boris, 37
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a bit about Boris

What do you do and why do you do it?

From my early childhood in late USSR and teenage years in post-Soviet Russia I have been very enthusiastic to carefully observe the life around me. That naive and regularly risky intention has later become more profound with my involvement in creative projects in Russia and overseas. So I describe myself as a creative observer. My mission is to produce original solutions in order to other observers to pass through new unique experiences of theirs. That is what every accountable and responsive Producer should be always sensible of.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

There are some 15 to 20 soul stirring ballads by The National always at my disposal to get away from my internal conflicts in tune with the times.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I won't discover America again by saying that MAD MEN practically rediscovers what America really is. BEANZ MEANZ HEINZ AMENZ.

Name some spots in Athens that are good for a Tinder date.

As far as social technologies have rapidly advanced in the 21st Century, there's not yet any reliable standard developed for two lonely hearts to become a happy couple. And there's no such a spot, which can ideally suit two randomly selected individuals. Still, there are two authentic social joints I am happy to mention. You can always count on eclectic and funky The Sowl, located in a magnificent Thissio area. Another win-win place for both potential turtle doves to enjoy local cuisine with a fusion touch is lovely ManiMani at Koukaki, just two minutes walking from Arcopolis Museum.

Who’s your hero and where in Athens would you take them out for a serious hang?

Thinking of heroes, I do badly miss a few friends of mine who I have been knowing since my high school and college years. The only place in Athens for all of us to meet and not to start a fight is unquestionably a bar in Mets, named after one shady Talmudic character. Cain.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I have just tried to remember my last offline purchase of anything fashion-related. As U.S. Attorney General lately reinvented: "I don't recall". Another thing I don't recall is when exactly I have started to buy clothes online only. If we're talking brands, I'd say Brooks Brothers, J.Crew, Pretty Green, Farah and Le Coq Sportif for contemporary menswear, and Stacy Adams for outstanding cuban heels.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Being raised up a few miles away from a hot transit zone of drug trafficking between two largest Russian cities during freewheeling 1990s, I am always disposed to keep my nose clean, so it's impossible to meet me at insecure territories whichever town I live in or visit. With regard to Athens, you won't find me at night clubs of Kerameikos and/or obscene squats of Exarchia, excluding situations of various production necessities.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Considering myself as quite a passionate playgoer while in Russian and English speaking towns, I feel like a poor fella not having an opportunity to enjoy the language of Athenian theatre productions.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Athens and where did you get it?

Nearly a year after my relocation from Moscow I was completely blown away eating traditional Constantinople meat'n'cream dumplings at Chochlidaki, which reminded me of Russia and I immediately asked for an extra shot of Tsipouro. I never thought that nostalgia of Motherland would ever come to me such a fanciful way.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Athens that you particularly like?

There is a beautiful one-of-a-kind 48 Urban Garden Restaurant&Bar at Ampelokipi neighbourhood few steps from Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium. Not really hidden, still there are no accidental visitors inside.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Athens? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

La Suite Lounge at St George Lycabettus Hotel. Being newbie in Athens, I spent a pretty penny for a 4-person 3-course dinner. That unforgettable summer night with Acropolis-view made me act more serious in the process of becoming a cost-conscious local: at present I live in the apartment which overviews Acropolis and Lycabettus so there's no need to visit panoramic tourist-oriented venues.

What restaurant in Athens looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Athens is literally full of family-run tavernas which often haven't been renovated for many decades. I personally have never been disappointed visiting 5Ф at Ilisia and Γεύομαι και Μαγεύομαι at Thissio.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Athens? Which one do you like?

I am always delighted with the quality of Lemon Daiquiri which a friend of mine Costas does at BABEL Πυρήνας Τέχνης.

Where would you take your partner in Athens if you wanted to really pamper them?

In rare moments of tenderness I prefer to leave downtown for a seafood dinner at Aegean coastline some 15-30km away from Athens. I always feel impressed with food and atmosphere at four beautiful restaurants in four different directions: Sardelaki at Glyfada, Balcony at Kokkino Limanaki, Καλός Γιαλός at Porto Rafti, and Isidora at Paralia Marathona.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Athens?

Modern greeks, as well as any self-contained nation, have their own idées fixes regarding their towns and grounds. Historically, one of the most expensive areas in Athens is Kolonaki: median real-estate prices are permanently two times higher than in other central neighbourhoods. I am an expat who doesn't really give a fig for pompous local lunacy, so comparing it with other central areas, Kolonaki feels like quite a mediocre central neighbourhood with one super extra feature: every building contains a law firm. Perhaps, that is why practically every restaurant in Kolonaki is over-sophisticated and two way overpriced.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Athens?

Nothing fills me with joy and gratitude more than natural surroundings, which are always not just underrated, but almost completely disappeared from most people's maps while visiting urban areas. People, go enjoy Mount Pentelicus!

Tomorrow’s your last day in Athens. How do you spend it?

Whole day shooting of an action packed commercial and late night seafood dinner on the foots of Pentelicus.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Actually I lean toward two cities, both start with B. Berlin is an essential town for my abstract mind to focus on and create something new. And there is Bordeaux plus surroundings for my unrestful spirit to defocus and float away.

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