In Georgia go for Khachapuri and wash it down with Chacha.

Georgian cuisine has definitely a lot to offer. For sure I didn’t try all those typical meals in Georgia, but at least the main ones. First thing from Georgia I tried was a typical homemade bread called Tonis Puri. Traditional Georgian breads are baked in ovens which look like a well. I was invited to see the inside of the traditional bakery in Tbilisi where very kind old woman was baking the bread which we bought right after that.

 Baking a tradition Tonis Puri bread in round over
Baking a tradition Tonis Puri bread in round over

After a Chinese lunch made by my couchsurfing host Yanan, I left to explore the city of Tbilisi and its cuisine. For snack I tried Adjaruli Khachapuri, bread filled out typically with cheese and eggs, but you can find many other variations. There is also different type of Khachapuri called Imeruli Khachapuri. This one I tried in Caucasus mountains in village of Stepantsminda. In one local bar the owner made for me a homemade Imeruli Khachapuri, which could be described as cheese pie. It is so popular, that 80% of Georgians prefer Khachapuri to pizza.

 Imeruli Khachapuri or cheese pie
Imeruli Khachapuri or cheese pie

In the same village I was served a various plates for diner consisting of Khinkali, Georgian dumplings usually filled with meat, onions, herbs, garlic or mushrooms, cheese and potatoes instead of meat. Then some Georgian cheese, meat with potatoes and Khachapuri as well, but this time it was that good as for lunch.

my Georgian diner
my Georgian diner

While wandering around Tbilisi I found a small pushcart with grill where an old lady was preparing Shashlik, grilled meat typically a lamb, but also pork or beef depending on cultural preferences. I paid 1 euro for amazing grilled meat with bread, onions and sauce. It was very tasty and just the way I like it, on the street. Where ever I go I always try to taste something from the street. Most of the time you can get traditional, homemade and really tasty food right there on the street.

Shashlik, grilled meat typically a lamb, but also pork or beef
Shashlik, grilled meat typically a lamb, but also pork or beef

After a whole day discovering Georgian cuisine I wrapped it up with something sweet. I bought 10 small donuts all for just 1 lari which was about 44 cents. Great value and delicious taste.

Donuts
Donuts

When going to Georgia I was really excited to try local beers and spirits as well. I tasted at least 4 different types of beer from which all of them were pretty good. I saw many Czech restaurants and bars in Tbilisi and was told that Georgians like Czech beer. Their beer was good, but not as good as our Slovakian or Czech beer.

Georgian beer
Georgian beer

It is a pity I haven’t tried Georgian wine, but I skipped and went straight for hard liquor. Again in Stepantsminda, I was offered to try homemade Chacha, which stands for any moonshine or homemade alcohol from fruits. This Chacha was made from grape and often is called ”wine vodka”, “grape vodka” or “Georgian vodka”. I tried it in 2 bars and both times it was stored in huge barrels. Since my grandpa also makes moonshine (homemade alcohol) I am used to drinking it and it was very cool to have some shots with friendly people in Georgia.

Georgian Chacha
Georgian Chacha
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Richard Jančovič

Richard Jančovič

My name is Richard Jančovič and I am a travel addict from beautiful country called Slovakia. Although full-time employed, I try to spend all my free time traveling. So far I have visited 41 countries, met a lot of amazing people and experienced many adventures.

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