Top 5 Reasons to Love the South Caucasus

Top 5 Reasons to Love the South Caucasus

Located between the Black and Caspian Seas, the South Caucasus region plays host to dozens of languages, religions, musical styles and landscapes. For such a small region, the South Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan offer a staggering amount variety... and things to love. 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


Travel Photos: A Taste of Georgia’s Remarkable Food, Wine and Folk Traditions

Travel Photos: A Taste of Georgia’s Remarkable Food, Wine and Folk Traditions

What could be better than feasting and toasting your way across a country you’ve heard glowing reports of for years? The little country of Georgia has everything a traveler could hope for – highly valued and gently-used historic sites, warm and wonderful people, gorgeous mountain vistas and some of the finest food and wine on earth. I had the good fortune to join a handful of others traveling there on MIR's A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture, in October of 2014. Read More


Travel to Eastern Turkey and Georgia: History, Culture and Cuisine

Travel to Eastern Turkey and Georgia: History, Culture and Cuisine

Eastern Turkey and Georgia together – what a treat. The cuisine alone is worth the trip. Add to that the famous stone heads of Nemrut Dag, Turkey’s kaleidoscopic bazaars, thousand-year-old churches, magnificent cave towns and a Georgian feast overflowing with wine, laden with food and celebrated with song, and you have an unequalled travel experience. Read More




Happy New Year (of the Dog): How to Celebrate like a Buryat

Happy New Year (of the Dog): How to Celebrate like a Buryat

Around the shores of great Lake Baikal in south central Siberia, the indigenous Buryat people enjoy a New Year’s celebration that lasts an entire month. Called Sagaalgan, “White Month,” the holiday is a hybrid of shamanist and Buddhist traditions, and it begins just before the Lunar New Year. Read More