Georgian Delight in the Heart of Moscow

Georgian Delight in the Heart of Moscow

One of the aspects of my position that I love best is tasting food for MIR. As I sit at my desk and write this, I have a feeling of euphoria running through my body that comes from just having visited “Djon Djoli” restaurant and sampled as much of the wonderful food as I could at one sitting. Read More


Insider’s Guide to Georgia’s Wine Country

Insider’s Guide to Georgia’s Wine Country

The little South Caucasus country of Georgia is a gorgeous place, boasting fabulous food, music and mountains. Its warm Mediterranean climate, deep black soil, saw-toothed mountains and Black Sea coast combine to make Georgia a Garden of Eden, overflowing with wine and rich in culinary flair – everything you could wish for in a destination. Georgia's Kakheti region is famous for its wine, and the towns and wineries here are definitely worth a visit... and a wine-tasting... Read More


Travel to Eastern Turkey and Georgia: History, Culture and Cuisine

Travel to Eastern Turkey and Georgia: History, Culture and Cuisine

Eastern Turkey and Georgia together – what a treat. The cuisine alone is worth the trip. Add to that the famous stone heads of Nemrut Dag, Turkey’s kaleidoscopic bazaars, thousand-year-old churches, magnificent cave towns and a Georgian feast overflowing with wine, laden with food and celebrated with song, and you have an unequalled travel experience. Read More



Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Table traditions are built up over centuries. They are the “best practices” that give shape to a culture, born in a time when meals brought a family together to tell stories and pass on knowledge. Feasts are like meals on steroids. Read More



South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

The South Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are quite simply my favorite destinations. Why do I have such a strong affinity for this region? Read More


Food Fare: Georgian Faves

Food Fare: Georgian Faves

The complex cuisine of Georgia varies by region, ingredients, and spices. Here's a taste of Georgia, with some of MIR staffers' favorite dishes. Read More


Demystifying Megrelian Cuisine

Demystifying Megrelian Cuisine

The Megrelian people of western Georgia are rightfully proud of their food. Hot, spicy and varied, Megrelian cuisine has been handed down through the generations since the time of the Kingdom of Colchis. More is better here: hotter, creamier, saltier. Read More


Pheasant’s Tears Winery: An Unforgettable Georgian Meal

Pheasant’s Tears Winery: An Unforgettable Georgian Meal

On MIR’s new tour, "A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture," travelers prepare a memorable meal with the chef at the organic Pheasant’s Tears Winery. Read More