5 Things to Love About Tbilisi, Georgia
25 January, 2016
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2. Absolutely Delicious Food
Georgia has quickly been garnering a reputation amongst foodies worldwide as a must-see culinary destination, and deservedly so. From the ubiquitous Churchkhela that can be found hanging on every street corner to the delicious khinkali and heavenly khachapuri, Georgian cuisine has deservedly earned its reputation as something that is not to be missed out on. Set on the south side of the city, Maspindzelo! (whose name means “Eat!” in Georgian) is a great place to jump into Georgian cuisine — especially khinkali, soup dumplings that are filled with meat, cheese or vegetables, and are eaten in a very specific manner. Take a small bite of the body of the dumpling, noisily suck out the delicious broth inside, then savour the rest of the dumpling up to the topknot, which you should toss down on the plate, uneaten. The khinkali at Maspindzelo! are tasty, inexpensive and can be ordered in mixed quantities — unlike many other places in town, where minimum orders of each type are mandatory.Maspindzelo! also serves a gorgeous khachapuri, Georgian speciality bread baked with a cheese filling and sometimes served with an egg or a pat of fresh butter swimming in the middle. Cholesterol levels be damned, this is good stuff!At Maspindzelo! and many other restaurants across the city, seek out typical Georgian dishes like pomegranate chicken served with walnut sauce; garden-fresh tomato and cucumber salads served with crushed walnuts and local olive oil; tarragon-infused spicy beef soup served with fresh herbs; and pan-fried chicken with hazelnut sauce. Menu items like these contribute to the country’s growing reputation as a culinary destination.It helps that Georgia has a number of climate zones within its borders, allowing the country to grow a dizzying array of local produce year-round.
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