About History – Tourism in Georgia in Soviet Times

Stalin's Soviet Union Tourism Advertisements for Foreigners in 1930s (13)

During the Soviet era, Georgia was the “Riviera of the Soviet Union”, with 3 million visitors annually. Georgia appealed to Soviet tourists because of its sunny weather, its culture, wines and food, health spas, beaches and skiing. Tourism was centrally planned and the market was monopolized by Intourist, a state owned tourism agency that arranged … Continue reading

About Food – Imeruli (Imeretian Khachapuri)

imeruli_2 - Copy

Khachapuri (Georgian: ხაჭაპური), is a filled bread stuffed with melting cheese. It is justifiably considered to be one of Georgia’s most famous national dishes. In an earlier article we described three of the most popular types and gave a step-by-step guide on how khachapuri dough is made: You can find the article here. In this article we will … Continue reading

About Food – Lobio (Georgian Bean Dish)

Lobio in Clay Pots Covered With Mchadi

Lobio (Georgian: ლობიო), is a popular dish made with kidney beans and usually eaten with Mchadi and marinaded vegetables . The Georgian word ‘lobio’ means ‘beans’. There are a number of varieties of this dish and we will show how to make one of the most popular. Ingredients (4 servings): 400 grams of dried red kidney … Continue reading

About Development – Tbilisi Emergencies Control Center

The Emergencies Control Centre at Night in Tbilisi

In May 2012, a futuristic building, looking very much like a flying saucer, became part of Tbilisi’s cityscape. The building houses Tbilisi’s Emergencies Control Center and unifies control of fire, rescue, medical emergency and patrolling services. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day by dialing telephone number 112 from any mobile and fixed telecommunication network. … Continue reading

About Food – Gomi

Recipe for Gomi (cornmeal topped with strips of Sulguni cheese and butter)

Gomi (Georgian: ღომი) is a popular dish from Samegrelo region, made from coarse cornmeal and topped with strips of Sulguni cheese and butter. Ingredients: 200 grams of coarse ground cornmeal, 4 tbs of fine ground cornmeal, 40 grams of butter, 1 tsp of salt, 1.5 liters of water (some people prefer milk but water is more … Continue reading

About Food – Megruli Khachapuri

Recipe for Megruli Khachapuri (a circular cheese bread with cheese added on top

Khachapuri (Georgian: ხაჭაპური), is a filled bread stuffed with melting cheese. It is justifiably considered to be one of Georgia’s most famous national dishes. In an earlier article we described three of the most popular types and gave a step-by-step guide on how khachapuri dough is made. Find it here. In this article we will show how to … Continue reading

About History – The Oldest Europeans

Skulls of Early Humans found at Dmanisi in Georgia

A series of stunning palaeontological discoveries is challenging the conventional view that Africa is the sole cradle of humankind. Scientists have found a number of ancient human skulls at an archaeological site near the village of Dmanisi (Georgian: დმანისი) in Georgia that suggest a Eurasian chapter in the evolutionary story of mankind. Experts believe the fossilized bones date to … Continue reading

About Food – Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread)

Molding the Edge of the Dough for an Imeruli Khachapuri

Khachapuri (Georgian: ხაჭაპური), is a filled bread stuffed with melting cheese and often served sliced, like a double-crust pizza. It is justifiably considered to be one of Georgia’s national dishes and is popular in restaurants and in homes. Different regions of Georgia have their own type of khachapuri with the most common being – Ajaruli or Acharuli (Georgian: აჭარული ხაჭაპური) – Ajarian … Continue reading

About Food – Chvishtari (Georgian Cornbread with Cheese)

Recipe for Chvishtari (cornbread with cheese)

Chvishtari (cornbread with cheese) comes from Svaneti (Georgian: სვანეთი), a mountainous province in the northwestern part of Georgia. There are several types of Chvishtari and in this recipe we will show how to make one of the most popular. Ingredients (for 6 servings). 300 grams of Sulguni cheese (Georgian: სულუგუნი). Sulguni (also called Suluguni) is a pickled Georgian cheese from … Continue reading

About Sights – Gergeti Trinity Church

Gergeti Church

Gergeti Trinity Church (Georgian: წმინდა სამება) is a popular name for the Holy Trinity Church near the village of Gergeti outside the town of Stepantsminda (Georgian: სტეფანწმინდა) in north-eastern Georgia. The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri (the left tributary of the river Terek) close to Georgia’s 3rd highest mountain, Mt. Kazbegi. View of Stepantsminda … Continue reading

About Food – Green Beans with Nuts

Green Beans with Nuts

Nuts are a popular ingredient in Georgian cuisine. In this recipe we will show how to make a delicious summer dish of green beans with nuts (Georgian: მწვანე ლობიო ნიგვზით) Ingredients: Green Beans! 1 kilo. Other ingredients: 200 grams of walnuts, 1 large onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 70 grams of fresh green coriander, 80 grams … Continue reading

About Sights – Dariali Gorge

Georgian Military Highway - Dariali Gorge

The Dariali Gorge (Georgian: დარიალის ხეობა) is a river gorge at the east base of Mount Kazbegi on the border between Russia and Georgia.  The local people call themselves the Mokheve (habitants of the gorge). The gorge has become known as one of the most romantic places in the Caucasus and has been immortalized in Russian poetry, notably by Lermontov … Continue reading

About Food – Chicken Barbecue

Marinaded Chicken on the Barbecue

Barbecued meat is very popular in Georgia both as a family meal and also at feasts and celebrations. Pork is the most popular meat, followed by chicken. In this recipe we will show you how to prepare barbecued chicken. Ingredients: 1 kilo of chicken breasts, 1 large onion, 1 clove of garlic, 2 tbs of … Continue reading

About Architecture – Georgia’s Glass Police Stations

Georgian Police Station 16

Since 2009, the government of Georgia has built 80 new police stations and plans to build more. The architecture is futuristic and is also very symbolic: the buildings are open, with large windows and help to show that the democratic process in Georgia is open and transparent for everybody. There are more photos of the glass police … Continue reading

About Food – Ojakhuri (Family Meal)

Ojakhuri - Family Meal

In this recipe we will show you how to make a popular Georgian family meal called Ojakhuri. Ingredients: 500 grams of pork, 400 grams of potatoes, 3 medium sized onions, 2 tbs sour cream (or mayonnaise), 2 tbs white wine vinegar, 60 ml of white wine, 50 ml of oil, half tsp of powdered Berberis … Continue reading

About Sights – Akhaltsikhe Fortress

View of Akhaltsikhe

Akhaltsikhe (Georgian: ახალციხე, literally new castle); also known as Lomsia, is a small city in Georgia’s southwestern region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. Established around 800 years ago, it has had Georgian, Ottoman, Russian and Soviet rulers. The city is situated on both banks of the river Potskhovi, which separates the old city in the north and new in the south. The old city … Continue reading

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