My favorite food in Georgia

I love khinkali, which is a dumpling filled with meat, mushrooms, cheese, or potatoes. Tonight I had heavy-on-the-garlic, mushroom-filled khinkali, and Susanna had a delicious pizza. They’re great with a couple of draft beers. Fortunately, I had a good teacher for my first khinkali-eating experience. He taught me use a fork to stab the top where the pleats meet; then hold the dumpling upside down; carefully take a bite; and suck the juices. The goal is not to let any of the inside juices spill onto your plate (or lap). Another thing I love about a khinkali meal is that you order exactly the number you want to eat—5, 6, 7—whatever. I really dislike all-you-can-eat buffets because I always overeat. Finally, although it may be gauche to talk about money, I like the price; six dumplings cost $1.80.

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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