Georgia Ranked #4 Among 48 European Countries Based on Food and Drink. Georgia sits in the middle of the ancient spice route between Europe and the Middle East and Asia, so the country’s dishes are imbued with an incredibly rich and unique use of herbs & spices, like cilantro and dried marigold, that are used in combinations not seen in the other individual regions and are layered for bold, but balanced dishes. And the pinch-hitter of those dishes is khachapuri, a boat-shaped pastry filled with a glorious amount of melted cheese and… Read More
Is Georgia on your travel bucket list? If not, you should put it on and get in there right away, before it becomes too commercial and too expensive. If you love nature, sightseeing, historical places, food and wine, creative artists and cobble stone streets, wooden balconies hanging over narrow streets, cable courts, place which looks a bit like Paris, with books for sale along Mtkvari River and a bit like Istanbul with rounded cupulas over some building, Georgia is where to go. What the interview below does not mention: in ancient Georgia, being one of the… Read More
I miss my parents so much. It is strange how the longing rises, sometimes from nowhere; smell, color, sound or word returns memory of something, and this memory powers through you. There is no stop for it, when this happens. Iron bars on the windows and doors is centuries old tradition in my hometown Tbilisi. They are used not to secure inside, but to dress up outside of the dwellings. This window bar is designed by my farther for their small home in the heart of Tbilisi.
All through Andalusia, from the rock of Jaén to the snail’s-shell of Cadiz, people constantly talk about the duende and recognize it wherever it appears with a fine instinct. That wonderful singer El Lebrijano, creator of the Debla, said: ‘On days when I sing with duende no one can touch me.’: the old Gypsy dancer La Malena once heard Brailowsky play a fragment of Bach, and exclaimed: ‘Olé! That has duende!’ but was bored by Gluck, Brahms and Milhaud. And Manuel Torre, a man who had more culture in his veins than anyone I’ve known, on hearing Falla… Read More