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



Travel Gems: Backwaters of Bosnia

Travel Gems: Backwaters of Bosnia

MIR's Private Journeys Specialist Lisa Peterson loves the Balkans and considers this region her 'home away from home.' She found these travel gems on her latest trip to Bosnia, including Tito's hideout, Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric's home, and nature hikes galore. Read More


Moscow’s Charming Chemodan Restaurant

Moscow’s Charming Chemodan Restaurant

"Chemodan" mean "suitcase" in Russian, but you don't have to travel far when you're in Moscow to taste environmentally clean, sustainable Siberian cuisine. Why "Suitcase Restaurant?" They have a special place in Russian culture, and travel. 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