Where to find healthy food in Malta?

by Anastasiia Linnas on January 18, 2016, 3 comments

On this small island of pizza, pasta and Maltese sausage at some point one would crave for some tasty, fresh, juicy and healthy food – but where to find healthy, vegetarian, light food in Malta? Although, Malta is a Mediterranean country in a close proximity to Greece and Italy, you won’t find abundance of salads and fruits here. Actually, salad is something very uncommon for Maltese food culture and it seems that a lot of places keep salads (mix of salad leaves, tomato and cucumber with olive oil) in their menus just for tourists.

Here are some tips on where to find healthy food in Malta.

1. Tourists favourite cafe Mint in Sliema.

This small cafe just near waterfront promenade in Sliema is one the favourite places of tourists and expats. Good location, fast internet, cozy atmosphere and what is even more important – fresh homemade food.

One can find here variety of original salads with pear and blue cheese, or pumpkin and almonds, or quinoa salad. Tasty baguette, quiche, or porridge for breakfast; quinoa, sweet potato, or spinach kotlet (cutlet?) for lunch. Cafe Mint has also good selection of fresh juices (detox, power boost etc), very good coffee (that surprisingly enough is hard to find in Malta as well) and yummy desserts (incl Mint special carrot cake).

2. Soul food cafe in Valletta

This small cafe in the middle of Valletta offers some good vegetarian burgers and panini, as well as salads, fresh juices, soups and pasta.

They have a cozy room upstairs in addition to tables outside and wifi is quite good here as well.


Why do Estonians choose Malta?

by Anastasiia Linnas on July 5, 2015, no comments

(Written for and published on Estonian World, 18.05.2015)

With its 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Malta should sound like a heaven for Estonians, shouldn’t it? We asked the local Estonian community about the pros and cons of living on this tiny Mediterranean island.

If you search Malta online, all these beautiful pictures and postcards pop-up straight away. You might not believe that, in real life, Malta looks the same, but it does – the water is as azure and pure as it can get, the old cities of Medina, Rabat and Valletta look like decor left from medieval movie set and the cliffs are unapproachable but nevertheless picturesque. The shower of sunlight charges your batteries in no time.

But are those only reasons why Estonians choose to stay in Malta?


Bad Malta and How to Cope with it

by Anastasiia Linnas on May 23, 2015, no comments

I think today I am in the right mood to write about “Bad Malta”. It was a non-pleasant week and although I was trying to stay positive it got through. However, to be fair – the fact that it all was happening in a beautiful setting of Mediterranean island actually decreased degree of annoyance.

So, what unpleasant things can happen to you in Malta…


Estonian start-up mafia

by Anastasiia Linnas on March 11, 2015, no comments


When my friends from Life as an investment asked to write about three hottest start-ups in Estonia I found myself quite puzzled, as not 3 but 33 of them came into my mind at once (my Mac actually froze after opening their home pages).

During the last 10 years Estonia has managed to build a strong ecosystem for start-ups. The most significant role here probably was played by Skype. Today, the most successful start-ups in Estonia are f/o/unded by the so called “Skype mafia”.

So, I did my best to come up with a list of three that IMHO, fit into the Life as an Investment philosophy.


Odessa in the eye of beholder

by Anastasiia Linnas on February 18, 2015, no comments

Panoramic view

Panoramic view

Odessa is my home city and I love it because and despite of everything. It has interesting history, beautiful architecture, amazing sea, jaw dropping bazaars and unforgettable people!

Unfortunately because of the situation in Ukraine it is not prospering now and people are mostly thinking about survival rather than happy living. But those times will end and I believe it will be viable and more beautiful than ever.

When you are living in a city, you kind off get used to everything and don’t see your home as unique – but it certainly is. Being away for years I started looking at my city in a different way, I recognise its problems, but moreover I see its beauty and charm.

Odessa city centre was designed by Italian and French architects 100-130 years ago and sometimes it reminds me of Paris in miniature. There are modern buildings in the city centre as well, unfortunately not always it is possible to preserve the style…

In between beautiful old buildings and modern structures one can find not so pretty, but nevertheless authentic sights of Odessa

Near my house in Odessa there is a famous (may be not as famous as Privoz though, but much cleaner) “New market” – classic bazaar, where you can find absolutely anything. After small shops in Malta it seemed so huge for me with such variety of fruits, veggies and meat even in winter! In terms of selection and prices it’s much better than lots of supermarkets and definitely it gives you a true experience of local culture 😉

I made photos for this blog in February, but Odessa is even more beautiful from May till October and there is much more activities as well. So if you ever get a chance to visit Odessa – do not hesitate! You can always ask me about tickets/hotels/getting around/to do-s and to see-s in the comments 😉

How to find an apartment for long term rent in Malta

by Anastasiia Linnas on January 25, 2015, no comments


Once you’ve decided to stay in Malta for a bit longer than usual holiday time, you might think of finding an apartment for Long let. In this article I’ll write about:

  • agencies and
  • other options

FYI : Long term rent in Malta is starting from 6 month. Best time for searching for Long lets is a low-season, i.e. October-March.


The best way to get to Malta

by Anastasiia Linnas on January 8, 2015, 2 comments

In the clouds

Rainy season

For sure the quickest way to get to Malta is by plane. There are various airlines flying to Malta, however one needs to spend some time on search of the best prices and dates.

In winter season unfortunately there are less options – a lot of airlines, for example, Air Baltic do not fly to Malta from October till April, or have not regular flights.

First thing you wanna do to find good tickets – check aggregator sites. I won’t recommend Skyscanner, as it doesn’t show low-costs and quite often I wasn’t able to find good deals there. However Momondo works pretty well and has helped us out several times (BTW: check momondo for one-way flights, it’ll give you better options than carrier own web-pages)

So, what are your options?


Winter in Malta : dilemmas

by Anastasiia Linnas on December 22, 2014, no comments

Yacht in Ta' Xbiex

Yacht in Ta’ Xbiex, December

or What should one know when visiting Malta in December

May be it shouldn’t have come as a surprise for me, but I just wasn’t thinking about those details when we decided to try living in Malta. It is December here, and I come across some problems which are very different from the “how to survive in -27°C” type I’m used to. However, I suppose my new problems are more of a “nice to have” kind :)


Likes & Dislikes (part 1)

by Anastasiia Linnas on December 2, 2014, no comments

2 month – that’s not enough time to deeply feel and understand the country, but it’s enough for tourism-euphoria to weaken. That’s the time when you start noticing stuff and behavioural patterns. You understand whether your “love from the first sight” can last, or are there any deal breakers. However, by the end of the day – it’s what you are focusing on that counts.

Me like it…


Positive psychology as Advocacy to religion

by Anastasiia Linnas on November 24, 2014, no comments


I was never a religious person and since school my perception of religion was that this is a way of controlling/managing/ruling people. I did realise that this is unbelievably effective and smart way that gave opportunity to educate and bring society to the next level. But recently I started seeing that religion does much more than that – it helps people to stay psychologically stable and cope with the world around them. It also makes people happier – and that’s what this article is about.

I believe, you’ve heard about Positive psychology – a science of happiness. On top of theories and experiments it offers tools and methods for embracing the state of happiness, but turns out – it’s nothing new. A lot of the tools are present in various religions’ dogmas; the only thing is – now their effectiveness is scientifically proven. I’ll give you an example: