An interview with author Caroline Eden about Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus

An interview with author Caroline Eden about Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus

Travel, culture, and food writer Caroline Eden, an occasional MIR traveler, has just the book for you, featuring sumptuous photos and tantalizing recipes from quite a few of MIR’s destinations. Entitled Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus, it is gorgeous enough for the coffee table, but will more likely be found propped open on the kitchen counter, spattered with dabs of butter and drips of pomegranate juice. Also, mark your calendars: Caroline will be hosting a special tour for MIR in 2017, Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan, during the spring festival of Navruz, March 18-27. I caught up with her recently to find out more about Samarkand. Read More


6 Reasons to Visit Svaneti – Georgia’s Undiscovered and Unrivaled Mountain Region (video)

6 Reasons to Visit Svaneti – Georgia’s Undiscovered and Unrivaled Mountain Region (video)

Svaneti is a ravishing mountain region of Georgia, home of the self-sufficient Svan people, whose traditions and culture have survived for thousands of years, thanks to the region’s remoteness. Tell anyone down in the capital that you’re on your way to Svaneti and they get a far-away look in their eyes and admit they wish they could go with you. As untouched as it has been until now, Svaneti is beginning incrementally to change and modernize. The time to visit is now, before these changes sweep away the rituals and practices perfectly suited to an isolated and challenging environment. Here are 6 reasons Svaneti is an unrivaled favorite – in Georgia, and among discerning travelers... Read More


Maslenitsa in Russia: Pouring on the Pancakes

Maslenitsa in Russia: Pouring on the Pancakes

Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, is a favorite holiday in Russia. Today it’s celebrated both as a pagan springtime rite and, similar to Carnival, a last fling before Lent prohibits all pleasurable things. In 2017, Maslenitsa is celebrated from February 20-26. Read More


Georgian Delight in the Heart of Moscow

Georgian Delight in the Heart of Moscow

One of the aspects of my position that I love best is tasting food for MIR. As I sit at my desk and write this, I have a feeling of euphoria running through my body that comes from just having visited “Djon Djoli” restaurant and sampled as much of the wonderful food as I could at one sitting. Read More




Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind

A proud independent spirit, a long tradition of lavish hospitality and an abundance of Nature’s gifts combine to make the Georgian people fabulous hosts, imaginative chefs, creative artists and open-hearted friends. Where else in the world can you... Read More


Demystifying Megrelian Cuisine

Demystifying Megrelian Cuisine

The Megrelian people of western Georgia are rightfully proud of their food. Hot, spicy and varied, Megrelian cuisine has been handed down through the generations since the time of the Kingdom of Colchis. More is better here: hotter, creamier, saltier. Read More


Travel Gems: Backwaters of Bosnia

Travel Gems: Backwaters of Bosnia

MIR's Private Journeys Specialist Lisa Peterson loves the Balkans and considers this region her 'home away from home.' She found these travel gems on her latest trip to Bosnia, including Tito's hideout, Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric's home, and nature hikes galore. Read More


Moscow’s Charming Chemodan Restaurant

Moscow’s Charming Chemodan Restaurant

"Chemodan" mean "suitcase" in Russian, but you don't have to travel far when you're in Moscow to taste environmentally clean, sustainable Siberian cuisine. Why "Suitcase Restaurant?" They have a special place in Russian culture, and travel. Read More