Georgia (Part 3 – The Food)

Our friend once described Georgian food as “the best food I’ve ever eaten and I have traveled the world!” Pretty sure she may be on to something with that statement. It’s absolutely delicious… So many traditional plates to choose from…

“Khachapuri” is cheese bread that comes in different styles — sometimes even served with an egg that cooks as you stir it into the hot cheese… “Khinkali” is a dumpling that holds within it everything necessary for a delicious soup — broth, spiced meat, herbs, onions, etc. You take one bite into it and drink the broth out and then enjoy the rest of the dumpling afterwards… One of the other notable Georgian food items is their “Tone” bread — it’s a long wide white bread that’s cooked in a tandoori style oven… It’s delicious with any of their beat, spinach, carrot, or walnut spreads and just as delicious eaten by itself… Every night we would purchase some Tone from the bread shop across from our hostel — they were 48 U.S. cents each… They also make an eggplant dish that has a walnut spread that’s very good…

We found the most delicious Turkish baklava in downtown Tbilisi – so good in fact that we hand carried an entire fresh box of 35 pieces or so back to Colorado with us… They came in both pistachio and walnut – it’s hard not to crave them just writing this!

There’s also this thing the locals like to call a “Georgian Snickers” — it looks like a candle hanging from a string but it’s really filled with fruit, nuts, and chocolate… Sounds super sweet but it’s really not too sweet at all… It’s texture is a little rubbery but it’s definitely worth a try…

Kvass is a traditional drink common to the countries of the Former Soviet Union… It’s a fermented brown bread drink that sounds terrible but is absolutely delicious… It has less than 1% alcohol content and is very similar to kombucha in that it’s full of healthy enzymes and active cultures – it would definitely be found in most health food stores in the U.S. if they knew what a treasure it is… Often referred to as “Russian cola”, kvass is nutritious and delicious!

One last Georgian blog to come… Next up is village life outside of the small city of Zugdidi, Gori, and a few shots of Batumi – a resort city on the Black Sea…

-Haven

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