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Paul Rimple

Paul Rimple

Culinary Backstreets Bureau Chief and guide, 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, 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. He also appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. His only regret is there are no Mexican restaurants in Tbilisi—yet.

Recent stories by Paul Rimple

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Diary: Tbilisi

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Tbilisi -- Covid-19 officially arrived in Georgia on February 26 with a Georgian man who had traveled home overland from Iran. That and international news coverage provoked a mad rush on face masks and an initial panic raid at several supermarkets. Read more
February 14, 2020

Azarphesha: A Sanctuary for the Living Arts

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Tbilisi -- Up above Freedom Square where the Sololaki and Mtatsminda neighborhoods blend together, there is a 100-year-old building with an apartment five steps below the sidewalk. It’s a warm, intimate space, part living room, part museum. Read more