Georgian Food, Russian Delivery
31 January, 2013
Georgian Food, Russian Delivery
In New York city, it is common to go to authentic Italian restaurants and hear greetings from hosts in Italian. Same happens when entering authentic French bistros and in Japanese restaurants the entire kitchen staff yells a hello in Japanese. By the same logic, one would expect while entering an authentic Georgian Restaurant to be greeted in Georgian, or English, but definitely not in Russian.
To be fair, the newly opened Pepela New York, is a truly Georgian restaurant in
the sense that the menu is Georgian, the head chef is Georgian, the entertainment is Georgian, but it does have two owners, one Russian and one Georgian. Perhaps that is the reason why most of the wait staff, except for one waiter, are Russian speaking. It would be unrealistic to expect an all out Georgian restaurant in middle of Manhattan, but one can hope.  The problem was that in the recent few months that I have followed Georgian politics, the nation seems to have gotten closer and closer to Russia. Georgia is about to start selling tangerines and other fruits and wine on the Russian market, (after they go through Russian inspection which is supposed to make sure the Georgian product is up to Russian standard, but in reality it is just another way to drain more money out of the companies competing for the market) and somehow that is supposed to make up for two wars and occupation that is still ongoing. It is painful to watch people make the same mistakes they have made in past expecting different results. The Russian market is being dangle in front of the Georgian commerce and Georgians seems to forget that Russians have closed markets before and they can, and will do it again. The invitation to the birthday party held at Pepela came from an American friend of mine, so she was not aware of the discomfort I was feeling when waiters would butcher words like ‘kachapuri’ and ‘mkhali’ and generally ignored me when I couldn’t respond to their questions in Russian. The restaurant was promoted as a Georgian restaurant in US, so I expected to be spoken to either in Georgian or in English. I don’t go to Italian restaurants expecting to hear Portuguese, or Greek restaurants expecting to hear Armenian, so why was I required to speak Russian in a Georgian place? I have no issues with the language; I do speak Russian whenever someone needs help. Recently this happened with an elderly gentleman who was lost in the New York Public library. He was Lithuanian and his English was very bad, and all he wanted to do was find a particular Lithuanian poet.  He couldn’t explain it in English, so he tried Russian, but the desk clerks didn’t speak that language either. I was just visiting the library myself and I recognized someone who needed help and did not hesitate to speak with him in Russian and help him. I have no dislike for the language itself, but while listening to Georgian music, eating Georgian food and teaching my curious American friends how to properly pronounce Georgian word for water, the incessant pestering of Russian waiters with “Chto eshcho khotite?” (What else would you like?), was leaving a very unpleasant taste in my mouth.  I’ve had it finally and told one of the waiters in English that I did not bring my Russian dictionary with me, and so please either find us a Georgian waiter or speak English. I know I could have answered in Russian, I could have made their lives easy, but why? Why should I, a Georgian customer, be making their lives easy? It’s this mentality that everyone from the former republics must accommodate Russians that is still prevailing as if nothing had changed since the fall of the USSR. When I complained about the Russian wait staff to my friend, he pointed out that one thing had changed. This time a Georgian was being served by Russians and not vice versa.
Print
Other Stories
Tbilisi sign may appear on the Funicular hill
Hollywood has become a source of inspiration for many people worldwide. A similar idea from a Tbilisi citizen sounds very clever and attractive.
Russia was at an undeclared war with Georgia for years - Matthew Bryza
I think anybody who has observed how Russia has been conducting its war in Ukraine should realize that Russia was at war with Georgia, an undeclared war for years,
Tbilisi Park is due to open in Buenos-Aires
Tbilisi Park is due to open in the capital of Argentina, Buenos-Aires. The decision was recently made by the city parliament.
Young people detained by occupying forces in the Truso gorge
Some young Georgian hikers have recently been detained by armed forces in the Truso gorge. They have been accused of illegally crossing the so-called border into the occupied Tskhinvali region.
Wildfire in Khashuri, Tseda village
Fire broke out yesterday in Khashuri, Tseda village, in the forest.
Travel between Ukraine and Georgia for both countries’ citizens to be allowed only by electronic ID cards
The Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze has announced that the citizens of Georgia and Ukraine will be able to travel in and out of both countries using only electronic ID cards.
Why does the Georgians love John McCain?
John McCain, Senator, and former Presidential candidate of the USA died on the 25th of August, 2018. He was diagnosed with lioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer last year.
The IBSU Conundrum
Teachers, students and students-to-be all took to the streets when the news broke that the International Black Sea University, one of the most highly regarded universities in the country, wouldn’t be admitting new students into its ranks this year.
Angela Merkel arrives in Georgia
German chancellor Angela Merkel has already arrived in Georgia.
German media about possible reasons for  Merkel’s visit to Georgia
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Tbilisi today, expectations are high and both the Georgian and German media are speculating about the possible results of the visit.
Angela Merkel to visit Georgia on August 23
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Georgia on the 23rd of August. Her plan is to visit the Caucasus states of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Georgian presidential candidate to Journalists –“Shake your brain!”
“Journalists should shake their brains” – said Georgian presidential candidate, Salome Zurabishvili to journalists.
What does Giorgi Margvelashvili own?
The presidential election will be held on 28th of October, 2018 in Georgia. The President Giorgi Margvelashvili has not yet confirmed his participation in the election.
"Father returned for mother ... then the bomb landed …”
10 years on, this is a different August. But this month is a time of remembrance and of hard memories and hurt.
The World talks about the 2008 war
On the tenth anniversary of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia, 20% of Georgia continues to be occupied by Russian military forces who also seem intent of further encroachment on Georgian territory.
Georgia hosts high ranking guests for the 10th anniversary of the 2008 war
Ten years have passed since the Russian military intervention in Georgia,in August, 2008.
 10 Years Anniversary of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia – “Mission supports stability and security on the ground”
10 years have now passed since the August 2008 war between Georgia and Russia and still we face a huge daily threat. Certain parts of Georgia continue to be occupied even today.
Heroin seized near Georgia-Azerbaijan State Border
Border Police from the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs have arrested a 28 year old individual.
After ten years from the 2008 war, borderization continues
It is ten years since the 2008 August war between Russia and Georgia.
Multinational Noble Partner training 2018 has launched
The multinational Noble Partner training 2018 commenced on the 1st of August.
National Democratic Institute publishes the latest survey
Poll results released today by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia show growing dissatisfaction about the state of the country’s economy, environment, and political climate going into the presidential election.
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze needs 5 more Regional Governors
At a recent Government press conference Mamuka Bakhtadze, the Prime Minister of Georgia, announced that new Governors for the following regions are required:
German government plans to recognize Georgia among safe countries
The German government will shortly approve a law, which enables the countries such as Georgia, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria to be recognized as safe countries
Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikins about Georgia’s prospects for EU membership
Georgia is a country that wants to become member of the EU, but how does it look from Brussels?
Military equipment and techniques created by Georgians
Delta is a Military, Scientific and Technical Provider.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
24.09.2018
25.09.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6216
2.6216
EUR
1
EUR
3.0854
3.0854
GBP
1
GBP
3.4584
3.4584
RUB
100
RUB
3.9340
3.9340
Other Stories
On 26 May, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, joined celebrations in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Assad regime has been strictly criticized
Exactly one year ago, Georgia was granted visa-free travel with the European Union.
Georgia’s ex-president president Mikheil Saakashvili's supporters managed to free detained Mikheil Saakashvili in the center of Kiev.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly congratulates Georgia on Independence Day.
The regulations on the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia have been officially signed in Brussels.
The entire Georgia is involved in Secret Santa game, which means that people are sending gifts to each other secretly
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is taking part in NATO Ministerial underway in Brussels, Belgium.
A special squad has been mobilized at the 48th polling station in Marneuli, Kvemo Kartli region.
Two politicians in Georgia have come to blows during a live TV debate ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, Euronews reports.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6216
EUR
1
EUR
3.0854
GBP
1
GBP
3.4584
RUB
100
RUB
3.9340