The closer harvest time is, the happier I am about that old wise decision to move to Georgia. I have to admit: my love to wine is very difficult to hide, and I am really anticipating this beautiful season, as grapes will be squeezed, put to qvevris (special clay amphoras) and then under the ground, and fresh churchkhela will be sold for hilarious price at every corner. The air will become cooler and clearer, it’s gonna be so pleasant to sit in one of old city wineries with a glass of something straw-coloured, amber or ruby red, something fruity, berry or citrus
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 winter 2014-2015 I used to make up a list of place where you can warm yourself up with mulled wine / glintwein. Even though there were plenty of wineries all around Old Tbilisi, as I decided to go for a short glintwein check, it appeared that not all of them prepare the drink. Nevertheless, after several walking sessions, one of which made me quite drunk in the end, I offered you a Glintwein Route through the old city. In November 2015, as the weather become a bit unpleasant, I decided to double check my list. Here is the result!
I keep on talking about things you should know about Georgia before traveling to here. Even if you love spontaneity, better read something in advance. In the first part I explained some basic things about the transport system in bigger Georgian towns and getting from point ა to point ბ. Now it’s time to speak up about some other issues that matter.
After 2 years in Georgia I noticed that the more integrated I became, the less I remembered how it felt like to prepare my first trip to here. I started forgetting that some readers have never been to Georgia at all, therefore have no idea, what to expect and what to be ready for. I beg your pardon and launch a series of posts about basic tourist things. Georgia is not the most conservative country in the world. Rather vice versa: it is open to visitors. The Georgians, looking sometimes quite grumpy, will treat you with kindness and understanding, if you are lost, tired or hungry. However,
As I moved to Tbilisi in 2013, I was always wondering how my friends were able to eat in international restaurants of Tbilisi. Seriously, having such a great national cuisine, how dare you!.. That’s what I was saying. Now, in September 2015, I gonna share with you some addresses, where you can get delicious food from different corners of our big world. Sorry, khinkali, but everyone needs a break from time to time. All the recommendations are based on my experience and taste only. Still wondering what is good for a 25 y.o. vegetarian? Follow me then.
So called Indian summer is a great time for scheduling your wedding or honeymoon. Want to start your official family life in an unforgettable way, experience bright sweet emotional moments together and not to travel the world and the seven seas? Georgia is your best option then. Not just because you can register your marriage 24/7 in so called city of love, Sighnaghi. Love lives in every corner of Georgia, if you look carefully. And you can find a corner for yourself!Photo: Anna Dobrokvalova, Tbilisi Portraits
Those who have been to Georgia already, should check the list, and if some things are missing, just come and see or experience them. And if you have never been here – don’t miss your chance to be inspired!
I’ve been thinking to start this series of interviews since a long time, having met so many inspiring people who had chances to live anywhere else, but decided to settle in Georgia, and facing this question myself at least on weekly basis. Sometimes both locals and non-local don’t simply understand: WHY GEORGIA? Here is the first answer from Eric Binder, an American who settled in Tbilisi around 8 years ago, grew his children and his small tasty business here. We met at “Ronny’s Pizza” in Vake, the prestigious part of Tbilisi. I arranged the meeting through our common friend Archi, but
As you know, recently Tbilisi has experienced a natural flood which caused damage to several neighbourhoods, left some families homeless and led to death of many animals from Tbilisi Zoo. But it also caused a flood of volunteers and simply aware citizens who wanted to help their city and those who suffered because of disaster. It showed that people of Tbilisi are Tbilisi’s flesh and soul, and that kindness and mercy are not just a words. Now, as the affected neighbourhoods are recovering and life is becoming normal, I want to tell you about a place which existed before the flood