KHINGkali car

While walking to Mtatsminda Park, we met Tengo, who gave us directions to the Botanical Gardens. I commented that he spoke English well, and Tengo said he learned English from watching the Cartoon Network. He loves the Cartoon Network! Tengo is a student at the Agricultural College and he asked us which are our favorite Georgian foods. We said tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, eggplants, and kinkali (dumplings). I am always curious to find out how many khinkalis a person can eat. (NOTE: I can easily eat 10; and I know someone who has eaten 36). Tengo responded “10,” but told us that his father had once eaten 80! His father and a friend had a khinkali eating contest. Tengo’s father won 80-56. As a result, the father won this lovely car, which then became Tengo’s car. Tengo later explained that the friend was going to give him the car anyway and the khinkali eating contest was simply an excuse for making the gift. I like to think of this car as the King of Khinkali eating prize! Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.


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.

One Response to KHINGkali car

  1. Sandra Vazquez says:

    Love it!

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