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Paul Rimple

Paul Rimple

Paul, CBs Tbilisi Bureau Chief, is a northern California native who gave up a cooking career to move to Chicago to front his own blues band. He spent much of the 1990s in Krakow, Poland before moving in 2002 to Tbilisi, Georgia, where he works as a freelance journalist and performs with his band, The Natural Born Lovers. A former columnist at The Moscow Times, he has been a regular contributor to Eurasianet.org, The Christian Science Monitor and Deutsche Welle and has written for Foreign Policy, Roads and Kingdoms and the BBC, among others. His only regret is there are no Mexican restaurants in Tbilisi, yet.

Recent stories by Paul Rimple

May 16, 2017

Retro: Maestro of Khachapuri

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Tbilisi -- There was a dowdy little joint in Batumi, Georgia’s Black Sea port town, where two middle-aged women churned out the most exquisite Adjarian-style khachapuri pies in an old pizza oven. It was a must-stop for every trip to the coast, as there were few places in Tbilisi that could scorch such an authentic acharuli. Read more
May 3, 2017

Keti’s Bistro: Nouvelle Tbilisi

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Tbilisi -- Going out for a Georgian dinner in Tbilisi used to be a predictable, belt-popping affair. There were very few variations on the menus of most restaurants, all of which offered mtsvadi (roast pork), kababi (roast pork-beef logs), ostri (beef stew) and kitri-pomidori (tomato-cucumber) salad. Read more
May 2, 2017

Seasonal Strawberries in Tbilisi

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Tbilisi -- Flashback to the end of March, when we encountered the first strawberries of the season at the central bazaar in Tbilisi, the focal point of our culinary walk.