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Andrew North

Andrew North

Andrew, the creator of CB’s Tbilisi Sketches series, is a British journalist and artist and first tasted khinkali when he was sent to Georgia in 2008 to report on the war with Russia for the BBC. He worked for the broadcaster for nearly 20 years, with long stints reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan and many other parts of the Middle East and Asia. Andrew is now mixing art and journalism, while also working on a book. He moved to Tbilisi with his family in 2014 and you’ll sometimes see his work in the UK’s Guardian newspaper. He’s yet to taste a Georgian dish he doesn’t like, but he’s yet to meet a Georgian who likes that old British favorite Marmite.

Recent stories by Andrew North

May 18, 2021

Tbilisi Sketches: Bread, the Georgian Way

Tbilisi |
Tbilisi -- “You’ve made me look angry,” laughs Marekhi Khatiashvili when we show our drawing of her making traditional Georgian bread in one of the tone bakeries in Tbilisi’s old city. “You’re concentrating,” I reply. “I was trying to show how hard you work.” Read more
Sample smoked sulguni & much more with us at the Deserter’s Bazaar.
September 7, 2020

Tbilisi Sketches: Slow Cheese

Tbilisi |
Tbilisi -- Take the plunge into the high-volume hubbub of Tbilisi’s famous Deserter’s Bazaar and you’ll come under a three-senses assault. The piquant aroma from the spice stalls, a butchers’ shouting war and stalls swinging with burgundy-brown, candle-shaped churchkhela sweets. Read more
Rough, wild, but always beautiful, the bazaar awaits you on our culinary walk!
September 14, 2019

Tbilisi Sketches: Strange Fruit

Tbilisi |
Tbilisi -- This is a piece that celebrates the odd, the misshapen and the sometimes grotesque – in other words, what to look for to find a really tasty tomato. Read more
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