Above: The dining area of Barbarestan in Tbilisi, Georgia

With its strategic location on the Silk Road, sandwiched between the Black and Caspian seas,Georgiahas developed a unique culinary tradition, incorporating recipes from its neighbors as well as more far-flung trading partners. Thetoneoven, used for baking bow-shapedshotibread, looks a lot like an Indian tandoor. Asupra(feast) often includes an array of dishes resembling Turkish mezzes. Pomegranate frequently appears in savory recipes, as it does in Persian cuisine. Andkhinkalidumplings, traditionally filled with soup and meat, seem quite similar to Chinesexiaolongbao.

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