In truth, it has the vibe of the Mediterranean, and you’d be hard pressed not to think that in certain parts of Georgia, you could actually be in Turkey, or dare I say it. Ukraine!
And this is reflected in it’s food!
So let’s get started:
WHAT IS GEORGIAN FOOD?
Georgian food is defined by the diversity of Georgia’s landscape, climate, history and neighbouring traditions, as well as it’s religions, towns and villages. And each region has its own distinct culinary tradition rooting back to ancient times!
In this case, my local experts were the executive members of the Tourism Development Department of Tbilisi City Hall who personally showed me around and catered to my every comfort with a car and chauffeur who picked me up every morning!
Thank you so much ladies!
And lovely delicious drinks.
I adore rustic food as it’s ultimately the best way to get to the culture of a nation.
The major characteristic they have in common is that they are made from locally produced ingredients.
Most ingredients used in Georgian food would be:
mutton / lamb
Take a look below:
GEORGIA – A BASIC GUIDE TO FOOD!
I could write pages and pages of what Georgian food consists of and how they make it, but instead, I’ll let the pictures do the talking and if you have further insight, let me know in the comment section below!
My room was huge and had a large double bed, a wide desk, a huge double wardrobe, a wide-screen TV, a mini-fridge, a large en-suite bathroom, sustainable bathroom shower gels, bathroom slippers, plenty of fluffy towels, lots of mirrors, and of course, most importantly, free fast Wi-Fi!
They even had a kettle with teabags and coffee sachets supplied, so that I could make myself a cup of tea!
The variety of nationalities visiting the hotel was nice, ranging from a tour group of elderly people from Britain, a tour group from India, a sprinkling of young Americans, and a few Korean backpackers!
All the lunches I had were pretty much fantastic and highly recommended, but the dinners?
Not so much!
I simply can’t understand how a country that prides itself on it’s food can do so badly. And sadly, the food that was very disappointing was from some of Tbilisi’s most superior restaurants.
Most of that came from forgetting what was ordered, slow service and in some cases, not returning at all!
As well as undercooked pork with ribs so tough that you felt as if your teeth would fall out at the effort of chewing, cold meals that should have been hot, platters filled with food covered by grease and slime, unappetising mush, boring presentations, and nuts, when my hosts had not only written and called to state that I was allergic, but I mentioned it once again when we sat down.
And what did some of my meals have?
Back to the kitchen you go!
Here’s the best of what I had!
Dessert in Georgia was alright but not exceptional. Most of that was down to the fact that because I’m allergic to nuts, I really have to watch out.
p.s. Don’t forget to hang out with the locals! I had such a great time with my guides, that we just discarded my schedule and went out for drinks in the middle of the afternoon!
I could go on and on, but I ought to leave something for you to discover, don’t you think?
That’s it for now.
See you next week!
GEORGIA – A BASIC GUIDE TO FOOD!
This article is possible thanks to the support of Tbilisi City Hall who invited me to discover the city of Tbilisi, nevertheless, absolutely all opinions and the marvellous food that I noshed on, are my very own!
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