Once my mum asked me what I was doing, and I sent her a snapshot of me sitting in the newly opened wine bar in Kutaisi with a glass of Krakhuna (crispy local white wine) in front of me. “Does your hand ever rest from holding a glass?”, mum joked, but the joke had a taste of homemade Tsolikouri: it was straight, honest and not very clear at the same time. But what can I do? That was her and my dad who took me to my first tastings in Ukraine, and now, as I live in Georgia, level of
Dear friends, it’s been a while since I shared my Tbilisi tips for the last time! Apologies, apologies. Had some tours to conduct, tasks to complete and holidays to celebrate 🙂 Now a question. Do you know what unites people from Eastern and Western cultures, as they arrive to Tbilisi as tourists? You will never guess. It is a breakfast issue. For many travelers it is just weird that coffeeshops and cafes may start working at 10 or 11 and serve breakfast this late. “Where can I have my coffee and pastry at 8-9 AM?” – that’s what I hear from people who
One nice Thursday afternoon in winter 2016 I went to one of the new coffee shops to check out their winter menu. You might not understand the peculiarity of the situation, but Tbilisi still was a city that mostly drinks Turkish coffee (which I also like), had instant coffee listed in the menus of quite an amount of restaurants and didn’t care what was beyond cappuccino and latte. And here we had a winter menu of a coffee shop. Being rather a black coffee person, I was still curious to taste those new Russian-style raf and Australian-style flat white, that have never
Since I moved here in 2013, I notice more and more people who come to Tbilisi not just to experience the Georgian version of “hakuna matata”-lifestyle, but also to work and create. Of course, a hotel room or an airbnb flat is not always the most inspiring place, so the questions about convenient spots for freelancers started to pop up more often. As you might guess, I also work on my official weekends, spending my time with laptop and notepads in various locations all around Tbilisi, drinking dozens of cups of coffee and tea, and making up a list of
In September 2016 WizzAir launched new connections between Georgia and Italy, Germany, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece. With full understanding, that the newcomers might be confused with what Georgia actually is, I am going to give you a couple of tips, where to go and what to see, if you travel with WizzAir to Kutaisi airport.
As a person who already knows something about the Georgian tourism, I can tell you for sure that most people usually travel here for our great food, for affordable natural wine accompanied by Borjomi water afterwards, for this weird mixture of old and new, and for the Black Sea. Then, maybe, there are mountains and couple of important churches in the list. To me, it is SO SAD! Without a doubt: milky cheeses, variety of fruits and herbs, flavorous spices and fresh hot khachapuri can make you hungry even as you read about them. Seaside is also good, especially in Gonio
So after one week in the Holy Land I am back. Pleasantly tired and feeling a bit more confident, I’m getting used to +10 and wind instead of +25 and sun, and to the domination of one religious branch instead of many. In Israel I stayed in the families of my good friends that gave me an incredible experience of real life, and also managed to take some independent steps around the country. This all will result in a short list of tips. The rest – amazing food, incredible nature and overwhelming cultural life – is the subject to a
Planning a trip to the seaside is a very pleasant process. Though, if you decide to come to a new country, you really need a piece of advice. How to make your trip pleasant and stress free, how to possibly avoid tourist traps and see real Georgia? I will try to help you.
In 2016 I had the opportunity to cooperate with the Israeli channel TV2 – they asked me to help them with special dishes that are certainly worth a try, once you travel to Tbilisi. My list was quite long, and not all of my favourite dishes and restaurants were included in the program in the end, so I decided to share my tips here. Forgive me, my meat loving friends, but the food I am talking about is totally non-meaty. However, I’m sure you won’t regret following some of my tips. Let’s go explore the culinary scene of Tbilisi!
In the last couple of years the words “local” and “authentic” became really viral among any kind of travelers. Avoiding tourist traps, finding own paths and making friends with the natives is getting as normal as booking all-inclusive tours 7-10 years ago. In my opinion buying magnets or t-shirts with “I love “blahblah place” are rather a poor taste than real attention. And if you travel to Georgia, what can you bring to your loved ones?