Magnolia flowers blossoming in Kutaisia

Blooming Magnolia’s in Kutaisi
I enjoyed a traditional Georgian lunch at Magnolia Restaurant with Mrs. Raboff today during an unusually cold afternoon spring rain. Georigia’s diverse culinary delights didn’t happen by chance. Positioned at the heart of ancient trade routes that bridged the East and West, Georgia was perfectly placed to adopt the most delicious recipes from the Greeks, Mongols, Turks, and Arabs who traversed along the country’s portion of the Silk Road route.

The blooming magnolias in front of the restaurant and namesake hotel were quite the site to see – and smell. Speaking of which, among what we ate today was a local cheese that tasted like it was half buffalo mozzarella and half feta. An absolutely perfect blend of two of my favorite cheeses.