Austin – Feb 22 2018

European Mixer at Tillery Kitchen & Bar

Complimentary valet parking and Happy Hour specials: $1 off all Shareables, $3 off all Specialty Cocktails, $5.50 all Draft Wine,
$5.50 on Selected Beers.

Whether you select to sit indoors in the glass enclosed dining area or outdoors on the deck, you will have a beautiful view every season of the year.


Atlanta – Feb 07 2018

Happy Friday everyone:

Please join us for our February Get-together at Tongue & Groove on Wednesday (February 7th). Please note start time for this event will be at 8:00pm (NOT OUR USUAL 7:30PM) as the venue typically opens up later but has made arrangements to open early for us this particular night. We will meet upstairs in the private area overlooking the venue which has a great ambiance along with a separate bar as well as plentiful couches and chairs for relaxation. Starting at 9:00pm, those of you interested can venture downstairs for free salsa lessons or simply observe the action from our location above. Complementary appetizers will not be on hand this time but I will have a limited amount of beer and wine drink tickets which I will randomly hand out. Parking garage will be on the left upon entering the plaza or you can opt for $5 valet parking at entrance of the venue. Please be sure to invite all your international and like-minded friends so we can get a good turnout for this event.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday!!!

Atlanta Eurocircle

Live an authentic life by Mirela Bitkowski – Austin based Psychotherapist

Please introduce yourself.
My name is Mirela Bitkowski and I was born and raised in Iasi, Romania. I moved to the US in 2007
to pursue a career in mental health, where I spent four years studying in San Diego, California before
moving to Austin, Texas. I received a Bachelor in Psychology and a Master in Mental Health
Counseling from St. Edward’s University. I am a psychotherapist helping adults and families, who are
struggling with a variety of issues, develop healthy relationships and live life with vitality, fulfillment,
and authenticity.

How did you end up in Austin of all places?
When I was living in San Diego, my husband and I decided to visit some friends in Austin and spend
some time here. We both had a great time and fell in love with Austin’s culture, natural beauty, and
food. When we got back to California, we started debating about making another transition and a few
years later, we decided to move here permanently and call this wonderful city our home. We still visit
California every once in a while since my husband’s family lives there, but we really enjoy living here.

How do you find the lifestyle in Austin compared to your hometown?
I would say that my lifestyle now is completely different from how I grew up in my hometown. At first
when I moved to the US, it was a huge transition and I didn’t realize at the time how difficult this
process of adjusting to a new life was going to be. My hometown is a fairly small town with great
architecture, amazing nature, and it’s very easy to get around. One can basically walk everywhere,
especially when compared to Austin. I do miss the food there, but most importantly, I miss my family
and older friends. However, when it comes to Austin, I love the diversity of cultures, all the different
foods, and its natural beauty. Even though it was and still is a huge transition, I am fortunate to have
amazing people in my life who are supportive, kind, and encouraging and I love spending time with

How do you make your living now – and how would you like to develop that career?
I am an Austin based Psychotherapist and I am very passionate about helping people overcome
challenges and difficulties in life. I provide counseling and therapy services to children, adolescents,
adults, and families. I also enjoy working closely with immigrants and internationals from all over the
world that are trying to adjust to a new culture, make new friends, decrease stress, overcome their fears,
who wish to be happier, healthier and achieve their dreams. As a therapist with first-hand multicultural
experience, I deeply understand the intricacies and difficulties that come with living abroad and strive
to help people become more empowered, find balance, and achieve their goals. To me, it is such a
privilege and an honor to get to know people in therapy and see them make positive changes in their
life, improve their relationships and self-esteem, as well as become more confident and self-reliant.

I care deeply about every individual and family coming in my office and I deeply value our therapeutic
relationship. We all need help from time to time and I believe every person can benefit from therapy.

What made you decide to become a Psychotherapist?
Not to sound too stereotypical, but I’ve always kind of known that this was the career I would like to
have in life. From an early age, I started reading self-help and psychology related books. I was always
intrigued with why people think, feel, and behave the way they do and was looking to understand how
people got to that place in their life. I also remember being fascinated with a radio-show whose host was
a psychologist talking about different therapy related subjects every day. I remember my friends not
understanding why I would listen to that radio show, but for me it was incredibly captivating. I was
always passionate about mental health which is just as essential as physical health.

What inspires you to help others?
I’m inspired when I see someone begin to feel better about themselves. That means different things for
different people, but it can be reaching a specific goal they have, being able to love again, or process a
painful experience. I truly believe that as people move from a place of fear and become more self-
aware and empowered, they are not only healing themselves, but also promoting change in the family
and social system. If you want to see change in the world, a good place to start is with yourself.

If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?
I want people to become more compassionate toward self and others and know that by judging
themselves harshly or even hating themselves is not going to bring them happiness. We all have an
inner critic that is telling us that we are not good enough, not beautiful enough, not strong enough, or
not smart enough, etc., but letting that critic take control of our thoughts is not helping us improve our
lives. Instead, a lot more helpful and beneficial in the long run is to learn to embrace yourself – flaws
and all – through self-compassion and self-acceptance. Scientific studies have shown that self-
compassion actually tends to reduce anxiety, depression, improves relationships and helps people make
lasting positive changes in their lives.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking, exploring the outdoors, and the beautiful nature that Austin has
to offer. I’m also passionate about traveling to different countries around the world, which forces me to
step out of my comfort zone. Experiencing different cultures allowed me to become culturally sensitive
and appreciate diversity and differences in everyone. Most importantly, I enjoy relaxing and spending
time with family and friends.

Do you try to go back to Europe every year?
I do try and go back every year to visit family and friends. It’s really a long way to go to visit
family, but it is also a very enriching experience. I always enjoy spending time with family and catching
up with old friends. While we do talk and Skype every week, it’s definitely a lot better to see each other
face to face and be there physically. Although I love my life in Austin, I also love and miss those amazing european
cafes and bakeries, european architecture, as well as being able to easily get around
to places.

Could you share with us what are your plans for the future?
In the very near future, I want to focus on growing my practice and sharing my knowledge with other
people that are striving to reach their full potential and live the life of their dreams. I truly believe that
with the right support, we all have the capacity to lead a happy, authentic, and fulfilling life.

Connect with Mirela:


New York – Mar 04 2018

Join EuroCircle for our Annual Oscar Party at this hotspot Ainsworth Midtown where we will watch the 90th Annual Oscars on TVs in their private back room.

We will start the evening off watching the Red Carpet arrivals starting at 6pm and then watch the Oscars Live!
Dress Code: Dress to Impress

Great drinks and food will be available for purchase throughout the night!
We will have Oscar Ballots for you to track your favorites throughout the evening! Who do you think will win this year?

Feel free to bring friends the more the merrier!

We look forward to seeing you for a great night out in celebration the Oscars!


Frank Breuer, Germany
Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team

Chicago – Jan 31 2018

EuroCircle Mixer at the new ACE Hotel Waydown Bar (7th Fl)

Join the local Europeans to celebrate EuroCircle’s 19th annivesary in casual and fun environment at this new boutique hotel ACE featured even by Architectural Digest.
It has really been 19 years since the first event took place in NYC – and 18 years in Chicago.

The Waydown Bar is located on the 7fl at the ACE hotel.
The Chicago Google office is located across the street

See you there on Wednesday. January 31st Ace Hotel Waydown Bar 7fl – from 6 pm to 9 pm. ( Green Line Morgan Stop is a block away from Google.)

No Cover.

Hosted by:

Marjana Vucic

Yulia Tokanina (TBA)

More details will be posted shortly

How did Tomi Hinkkanen from Turku, Finland end up being a journalist in LA in the first place?

EuroCircle Team asked me to write a few words about myself, so here goes:

My name is Tomi Hinkkanen and I am a freelance journalist. I work mainly for Finnish news outlets. I have been working as a reporter in Los Angeles since 1994.

As you can imagine, journalism and the way it’s done has changed a lot since then. When I started there was just a phone and a fax machine. Deadlines were a little more lenient too. Now the story has to be done exactly when an event is over and preferably before that.

I am what you call a general assignment reporter, which means I cover a wide variety of topics. One basic category are Finnish people doing something interesting in America. I once met an old Mormon lady in a remote village in Utah, who spoke perfect, although antiquated Finnish. And she had never been to Finland! Her parents had taught her the language. I’ve recently worked on stories about a WW2 lotta (volunteer nurse), a Finnish holiday resort in Central California created by a Finnish immigrant, and a Finnish comedian, who was voted the funniest person in the world.


Don’t I cover Hollywood stars, being in Los Angeles, you might ask. Over the years I have done lots of movie star interviews. They are arranged by the movie studios, who have their publicists sitting in on every interview session. If you ask something they don’t like, they will ask you to rescind your question at the threat of being blacklisted from that studio’s junkets, as the studio interview events are called. I attended many junkets and met many stars, most of whom were nice. But I never quite got used to the idea that someone else can dictate what I am allowed and not allowed to ask. And yes, I have been blacklisted too for asking wrong questions. So, those star interviews have pretty tapered off for me aside from an occasional gig. think it’s a good thing. I rather spend my limited time doing something else than being an advertising arm for a Hollywood studio anyway.


What do I then like to cover? The best part of my work is that I get to travel across this vast country and talk to people in faraway places. Before the last presidential elections, I went to Texas and the Midwest to chat with people. It was almost like going to a different country. My favorite trip last year took me to Salem, Oregon to witness a total solar eclipse. It was the most memorable experience of my lifetime!

How did I end up being a journalist in LA in the first place? I first came to the US from my native Finland at 19 to study film. I graduated from Columbia College Hollywood with a B.A. in Cinema degree. I then returned to Finland. I made corporate pr-movies and then got into broadcasting, first on a local radio station. One might say I liked to hear my voice on the radio. I was then hired by MTV3, a Finnish TV network as a domestic news reporter, first in my hometown Turku and later in the capital city Helsinki. I did that for five years. Then California called out to me again and I returned to the Golden State – this time as a freelance journalist.

The first years were tough. I should have made a lot more connections with potential employers back in Finland. Now I had to create those contacts from afar. Little by little I managed to gain a steady clientele. I first missed my co- workers, but by now I’m quite used to and comfortable being the lone wolf.


How has journalism changed during my time? As I said before, in the beginning there was just a phone and a fax machine. But there was also mail. And people responded to letters. Now we have gazillion ways of reaching people, but it’s harder than ever to reach them. Finns are especially notorious for not answering their messages. Stories have gotten shorter. Nowadays it’s just the facts, ma’am. Because of digitalization, newspapers can now get stories for next to nothing by copying and pasting stories previously published in big news outlets. Therefore, it’s harder to sell topics. Interviewees have gotten pickier too. But I’ve got to tell you: having a story written about yourself by a professional writer is a wonderful thing for you and your loved ones. Topics have remained pretty much the same. Perhaps editors have become stricter than before. In the past, an average Finn living in LA, doing something interesting might have been a story. Now that person has to be sexy or a celebrity or preferably both in order to make it into the news.

What will future bring? As everybody has a smart phone in their pocket ready to record sound, pictures and video and faraway countries are just a plane ride away, are we foreign correspondents needed anymore? I would like to think so. Surely you can interview people remotely and I have done so too on an occasion. And of course reporters can fly in, do a bunch of stories and leave. I have done that too. But nothing replaces a seasoned, well-connected reporter, who knows his or her turf, culture and customs and can put the story in the right perspective. We are fewer and farther apart, but we are still here – for now.


Finally, I would like to reach out to you. I’m always on the lookout for interesting stories, so if you think you have one, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

In this present anti-immigrant atmosphere, it is important that we immigrants stick together. I would like to see more solidarity especially from us Europeans toward our brothers and sisters from across the southern border. The circumstances in which we relocated to the United States may have been different, but we are all human beings and in this boat together.

Thank you for reading my story and have a wonderful year 2018!


Email Tomi here!

New York – Feb 16 2018

Come join us for a tantalizing evening of specialty cocktails, burlesque!

No Cover when you say EuroCircle at the door and RSVP by 5pm on February 16, 2018.

Music by DJ Ledwith

There will be a sexy burlesque performance by Puss N Boots who is considered one of NYC’s top teasers and commonly called the hardest working woman in burlesque. She’s a starlet on stage and staple in NYC nightlife.

Puss holds multiple titles from around the globe including Kansas City Queen 2015, 2017 and 2016 and is an artist in residency at Hotel Chantelle. Puss produces her own show in NYC, Naughty Noir, at the legendary rock and roll bar in the east village, Three of Cups Lounge.
Featured host:
Nina Kulmala, Finland
Look forward to seeing everyone for a fun night out! Feel free to invite friends, the more the merrier!
About Doux Supper Club!
Doux Supperclub looks to bring the mystery and exclusivity of a Parisian speakeasy to the heart of NYC. Behind the doors of Doux you’ll experience the concept of a clandestine Parisian bar through innovative decor, craft cocktails and a unique blend of delectable desserts and dark, seductive performances. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the illicit luxury and decadence of Doux.

Austin – Jan 30 2018

EuroCircle’s 19th Anniversary Winter Drinks @ South Congress Hotel Library

The first event took place on Jan 11 1999 in NYC.  Join us to celebrate our 19th anniversary.

The Hotel will create specialty menus with some discounted features including beer, wine and a few specialty cocktails available throughout that duration of time.
Guests may purchase food on their own, if you’d like. In addition, the hotel will have its existing food menus available.

The Hotel will offer also complimentary valet parking for the 3 event hours, if the guests do stay beyond that a $15.00 per car fee will apply.

(They  will stanchion off a side of the bar that is closest to the Library to offer our guests direct access to order drinks.)

Houston – Jan 31 2018

EuroCircle Celebrates Its 19th Anniversary at Cuchara

The EuroCircle Houston team requests the pleasure of your company to join and share its milestone at the authentic Mexico City bistro, Cuchara.
Its modern ambiance juxtaposed with jolts of color and texture makes a perfect backdrop for sipping cocktails at the bar, savor the intense flavors of authentic bites, share
old and make new stories with new and renewed friends …. Live, love, laugh, and happy 2018 !

You all helped us get here and it would not be the same without you to create more memories. See you’all on the 31st and bring more friends…. Cheers !

Location details: CUCHARA RESTAURANT

Date and Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
Please RSVP and we look forward to seeing all of you, Venere, Shahla, Michelle and the extended EC family.

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