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The testing of local food is (for me at least) very important part of every journey, so now something about Georgian dishes. What you see here is churchkhela (easy: church + hela :)). It is traditional sausage-shaped candy in Georgia. The main ingredients are grape must, nuts and flour. Almonds, walnuts, hazel nuts and sometimes raisins are threaded onto a string, dipped in thickened grape juice or fruit juices and dried in the shape of a sausage. Very tasty! There is no sugar added so it is not very sweet, like nuts.

Other Georgian dishes:
Khachapuri ხაჭაპური is a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread. The bread is leavened and allowed to rise, and is shaped in various ways. The filling contains cheese (fresh or aged, most commonly suluguni), eggs and other ingredients.

Khinkali ხინკალი is a Georgian dumpling filled with various fillings, mostly with spiced meat (usually beef and pork in Georgia, beef in Azerbaijan and other Muslim-majority areas, and sometimes lamb), herbs (usually coriander), and onions. Mushrooms, potatoes, or cheese may be used in place of meat.

Kharcho is a traditional Georgian soup containing beef, rice, cherry plum purée and chopped English walnut. The soup is usually served with finely chopped fresh coriander (I hate coriander so it was not for me).

Chikhirtma is a traditional Georgian soup. Chikhirtma is described as a soup almost completely without a vegetable base. The soup made from a rich chicken broth, which is thickened with beaten eggs.

Kakheti is the main wine region in Georgia, so I suppose that in these plastic bottle there is wine.

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