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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lousat (91302) 2014-05-02 2:02
Hi Malgo.I thought they were excellent artisan cured meats before reading the note .... ehehehe ..... I'm not a fan of sweets, I prefer the salty, so we'll try the specialty cheese that you talk about in the note.The pic is original and very interesting, a little noisy but that describes everything better than any word.Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano
snunney (98918) 2014-05-02 2:26
Sausages and salami I like, but I don't have a sweet tooth, so I think I would give these a miss. Never mind, the composition is nicely lit and very attractive to view. The presence of the stall-holder contributes a lot to the success of the composition. Have a great weekend.
Nicou (141990) 2014-05-02 2:27
sueprbe compo et scène quelle vue de cet homme qui vend des saucisses sueprbe quel stangd et iamge fnatastique scène de la vie.
Bravo et amitié
danos (97765) 2014-05-02 2:33
rich the bench of the seller with all these Georgian local food to cover it making the scene so beautiful.I like the daily life of the man with your informative note to completes it perfect.
kasianowak (8909) 2014-05-02 2:53
Bardzo fajna scenka z Gruzji.
Ja sie objadalam tymi bakaliowymi kielbaskami w Erewaniu. :-)
macjake (67706) 2014-05-02 3:01
tosca would love to try these, she's more adventerous than I am with foreign foods :)
why do they have to be so big! are there any tiny ones!
I'd still try it though, same with the drink.
excellent cultural image, I'm sure Gert will be very pleased
bobocortis (16026) 2014-05-02 4:42
Beautiful picture of a man and his work.
The different shades of brown are nicely coupled.
delpeoples (58026) 2014-05-02 4:53
Hehehehe Queen of Vegemite
I love food tasting too, as you know and so this photo is particularly appealing to me, aswell as the photo being really attractive. Very good colours and textures. The products make a fantastic graphism. Wonderful shot.
tedesse (25135) 2014-05-02 5:22
Apetycznie prezentuja sie te wiktualy.
Ladny kadr w pieknych kolorach i doskonalej ostrosci
Sergiom (79525) 2014-05-02 5:36
En regardant cette photo on a presque envie de tendre la main et agripper un de ces très beaux saucissons et d'y goûter. Peut-être que ce vendeur nous ferait un bon prix.
photoray (13981) 2014-05-02 7:06
Fine candid of the Georgian Snickers vendor with the panorama of hanging dried sausages and condiments.
And certainly your travel approach to experience not only the iconic sights but also the people and food, etc. makes for a worthy life style. I am envious and hope to be a better 'traveler' in the future.
Thanks for sharing,
Romano46 (18472) 2014-05-02 7:37
Ciao Malgo, mentre sei già in procinto di partire peu un nuovo viaggio avente come meta la Spagna, ci proponi le foto del tuo ultimo viaggio nelle quali, a mio parere, hai fatto dei notevoli progressi nella fotografia proponendoci immagini di grande chiarezza e di notevole impatto emotivo.
In questa tua ultima è da mettere in rilievo l'incredibile nitidezza che si unisce ad una cura del colore e del contrasto quasi maniacale , il tutto per rappresentare la realtà che incontro nel corso dei tuoi frequanti viaggi.
Sempre più brava.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
rychem (35955) 2014-05-02 9:23
Świetna spiżarnia, jak z suchą krakowską, ale takie słodycze znam z Turcji, tyle, że były robione na bazie miodu, super smakują, na widok Twojego zdjęcia aż ślinka leci, doskonałe
PS. Jak wynika z Twoich poprzednich zdjęć architektura Gruzji jest niesamowicie fantazyjna
holmertz (52638) 2014-05-02 10:37
Dear Malgo, you make me laugh. You may not regard these "fruit sausages" very sweet, but they would kill me. In Georgia I really had to eat at good restaurants to get proper food, because the cheap and filling khachapuri or khinkali were disastrous with all their white dough.
This is a good and interesting photo anyway. I love to watch these sausages but I would never eat them. I wouldn't mind trying the wine though.
rigoletto (34279) 2014-05-02 10:52
lots of them you can also find in eminonu. craig sounds difficult to host, i guess he'll stick to some hambuger restaurants rather than trying turkish cuisine :)
carlo62 (48179) 2014-05-02 13:55
sono d'accordo, bisogna conoscere anche i cibi dei popoli, assaggiare, gustare e bere cose nuove per noi, ma tradizioni antiche per altri.
Simpatico questo banco di specialità.
worldcitizen (8646) 2014-05-02 19:20
Thanks for the interesting photo and informative note. I also thought these were sausages when I first saw the thumbnail. These sweets sound tasty, and I like that the vendor is also included in the photo. I also like the items on top of the display. Maybe they are dried fruits on sticks?? I've never seen this kind of sweet before, so I definitely learned something new from this post. :-)
timecapturer (49288) 2014-05-03 2:20
a fascinating shot this. These treats look amazing and although I thought they were meat, they do sound like the sort of thing I would enjoy. Not got a sweet tooth me. Wonderfully original and informative imagery!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
jcpix (13930) 2014-05-04 10:28
Mmmm, meat candy! :) O.K., maybe just by shape, but the idea of combining the two still gets my attention as I possess both a sweet tooth and a meat tooth. lol
A lovely collection of color and textures, and a great way to showcase them with the inclusion of the local vendor. Always fascinating to see the varied cultural aspects of food, and this offers a nice insight into a country not often featured. Great idea, and well achieved result. Hope you've had a nice weekend. All the best.
Friendly wishes from Phoenix,
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-05-07 11:50
i too taste local dishes when visiting a foreing country and it is part of the things i like the most of the journey along with people and landscapes.
mcmtanyel (22532) 2014-06-23 20:06
We have this in Turkey, too. I used to love it! Stores that used to specialize in nuts, coffee and other snacks (called kuruyemişçi) used to sell them. Nice reminder of what I've been missing for 30+ years!