“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!” –James Beard
Miss Hoggy here to tell you, don’t worry about not getting fed in Georgia, you’ll get bebias (grandma) who would want to feed you till you have 3 stomachs.
Well not just bebias, but Georgians generally don’t like starving their guests. In their world, guests are like blessings from God, so they will feed you very well, with their amazing variety of bread, and butter, usually homemade. (Read the quote. It’s so true of Georgian cuisine!)
Unless you’re with a very Continental Europe Georgian, you can’t escape the national dish of Georgia. You guessed it. Bread and Butter. Oh don’t forget, Cheese!!! It’s called the Khachapuri.
There’s a whole of variety of filling for their bread dishes, like Lobio (beans) but Khachapuri just seemed as staple to the Georgian as it’s Fried Rice to Chinese. You may be occasionally stumble upon a Salad Khachapuri in a fancy Khachapuri restaurant, but Khachapuri of different styles will overwhelm you. Wow, I’m almost Khachapuri out of my vocabulary, I think it’s time to show you the different type of Khachapuri.
Now, this is the Imeruli, from the midwest Imereti region. It’s the most common type, throughout the country. Less butter but more cheese. The Megruli version from northwest region of Samegrelo is similar but it has a lot more cheese added on the top, like a pizza.
Those are the more popular types. I’ve yet to encounter the other regional variation but apparently there’s one that looks like lasagna and one looks like cheese pocket. Let’s fancy you with the healthier version.
Well, that’s just the beginning of Georgian eating habit. Down the track, I’ll introduce you to a Georgian feast, called the Supra, when I do go to one. Just the name Supra, makes it sound epic already. (Just bring your liver with you, I will warn you when it comes, because Georgian drinks like there’s no tomorrow)
Next stop, Miss Hoggy explores the already introduced old city of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
Georgian bread, from Caucasus Travel.
Adjaruli and Imeruli Khachapuri, again from trusty travel mate, an obvious food lover, Randy.