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Georgian holidays, supras, and fate

December 18, 2013 by


When I first arrived in my village in Kvemo-Kartli two years ago I’d already decided to stay in Georgia over the winter. I’d come to Georgia in mid-October and it’d have been premature to go back home after only two months—and besides, I thought I’d be a great opportunity for traveling around the country, experiencing […]

Increasing my fruit and vegetable IQ

December 5, 2013 by


When discussing or recommending Georgian cuisine people focus on the well-known dishes, such as khatchapuri, mtsvadi, lobiani, and khinkali, rather than the ingredients of the regions, the fruits and vegetables, or the terroir. This is understandable. After all, when discussing Chinese or Italian or Mexican food we tend to think of recipes that represent the […]

My favorite Tbilisi street food

October 27, 2013 by


Although not of Georgian origin, shaurma (შაურმა) holds a place in my heart as Georgia’s best street food, whether I’m shopping around Aghmashenebeli, Leselidze, or Rustaveli and looking for lunch, or simply out late at night a few beers deep and craving something filling to ward off intoxication. Shaurma stands are ubiquitous in Tbilisi, second […]

Georgia’s fiery water

September 25, 2013 by


Almost every country has a signature drink that can be divided into one of two categories. First, it can be smooth and pleasing to the palate, appealing to the senses and tasting delicious. Second, it can take your breath away, leaving you gasping for air and your esophagus feeling like it’s been burned by a […]

A Recipe for Baby Goose Saperavi

December 16, 2012 by


Being away from the United States almost makes one forget about the crazy hubbub that is the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  With incessant Christmas songs playing on the radio and the decorations springing up on homes across America, these four weeks are bookended by huge family-oriented holidays that typically include feasting! For a pretty […]

Breakfast, Lunch, and…?

December 15, 2012 by


I have had an almost identical conversation with four of the six co-teachers I’ve had this year.  It starts with a lesson involving meals, and my co-teacher will tell the children that breakfast is in the morning, lunch is a small meal consisting of tea or coffee and maybe a biscuit or fruit, dinner is […]

My Family in Georgia…

December 12, 2012 by


I was lucky enough to spend two weeks of November with my family. My parents had come to visit me in Georgia, I think they came because of all the stories I had told them and out of sheer disbelief that they were true. So they had to see it for themselves and at least […]

Apple Hand Pies

November 18, 2012 by


Here in Chumlaki it’s mid-November, and  fall is in full swing. Last week, I was craving the apple hand pies my family in America would make during the apple harvesting season, so I decided to try  to create them in Georgia. I would love to say that I made this recipe, but the foundation came […]

Recipe: Pizza!

November 17, 2012 by


As much as Georgians like khachapuri, I love pizza. It has been one of the foods from America I miss most. Recently, my host sister and I made pizza from store-bought khachapuri dough. We made the tomato sauce from scratch, which I have included the recipe below, and used shredded/grated cow cheese instead of sulguni. For […]

A Brief Guide to the Georgian Supra

November 14, 2012 by


Even a cursory reading on Georgian culture reveals information about the mythical Georgian supra, a party to end all parties that Georgians reputedly throw as a frequent social event. Although my initial expectation was to be attending a supra every weekend, in reality, Georgians treat the supra as a special occasion, reserved for birthdays, funerals, […]

Georgian Snickers? Adventures in Food: Churchkhela Edition

November 4, 2012 by


If you drive down one of the main roads in the Georgian countryside or wander through an open-air market, you’ll probably see, among the bushel baskets of fresh vegetables and piles of melons and gourds, strings of what look like waxy dark brown hand-dipped candles. (Some people say they look like, well, less-savory objects. We’ll […]

Supra Survival Tips

October 27, 2012 by


Supras are one of the many challenges facing TLG volunteers, especially if one is placed in a village.  As most of you know, a supra is a huge feast in celebration of something, led by a tamada (toastmaster) in which everyone eats their weight in food and toasts everyone and everything with never-ending wine and […]

Adventures in Food: Grape Harvesting

October 6, 2012 by


I learned something recently. I am really bad at harvesting grapes. You’d think that, having grown up in a primarily agricultural area, I’d know how to harvest anything. Wrong. …I’m just going to blame it on the fact that there are very few vineyards in the American Midwest. Kakheti is the wine-making capital of Georgia, […]

Maximize Your Classroom Energy

October 4, 2012 by


It’s the second week of school, and I’m tired. I’m already looking forward to the upcoming three-day weekend to catch up on some sleep my twitter feed. When I’m in the classroom, though, I owe it to the kids to bring my A game, every time. Here’s how I maximize my classroom energy: 1. Sleep […]

Some Easy To Cook American Food – Ranch Dip with Veggies

September 30, 2012 by


I have tried on various occasions to bake in foreign countries, and it’s always a serious challenge.  I plan on attempting it again this fall with pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread.  In the meantime, I made something infinitely easier and which may hit the spot for some of you North Americans out there. To give […]