How to DIY: Homemade Red Wine

November 7, 2015 — by Mama fish0


Making wine is simple – it happens all on its on.  To our surprise, it’s almost dummy proof as long as you have the basic venues to store and let it do its thing – make wine.  We thought, “With our patio covered in Saperavi grapes, why not give winemaking a shot?”   The worse that could happen is…vinegar, right?  Have you ever thought about making your own wine?


Dried Fuyu Persimmons

October 27, 2015 — by Mama fish0


t’s persimmon season right now, so I decided to jump-start my natural learning and living curve by doing as the locals do – dry Fuyu Persimmons.  These golden beauties hanging in the windows adorn every third house in my neighborhood.  Not only makes for a festive look but a great kick off to the best time of year, Fall.

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What to do if you fall in love on vacation

October 23, 2015 — by Mama fish0


Step to Step Guide

Falling in love is one of the most wonderful feelings on the planet.  It most often happens when you least expect it.  So, you’ve just set off on your #familyadventurevacation to a place of wonder, and the last thing on your mind is falling in love.  Then bam, out of nowhere, you fall in love, steals your heart and your return home lovesick.


How to rent an apartment in Tbilisi

October 12, 2015 — by Big Fish5


How to rent an apartment in Tbilisi for under 1000$

Now that you’ve decided to move to Tbilisi, Georgia, let the house hunt begin.   This is what we thought.  Ha ha…  After our first searches we thought, how are we going to afford the rent in this “developing” country.  Don’t let the high prices put you off; it’s all just a crazy price posted on their house rental ad.  Everything is negotiable, and you should negotiate towards the correct price, 30-50% less.

You should negotiate towards the correct price, 30-50% less.


Leave your need for control at home?

October 8, 2015 — by Mama fish0


Other countries, other customs 2/3

In Part 1, after several hours of waiting and a few exchanged SMS messages (yes, a bit vintage here in the Republic of Georgia), Papa Fish arrived home empty handed and the barrier of what I considered “crazy” news.  (insert drum roll here) The news was: On Monday (two days later) we, as in, you and I will need to empty our 20ft container and have all our personal belongings evaluated by a custom’s “expertise”.  I simply just had to laugh and thought he is joking right.  No, he wasn’t.


“The sweet stomp”

October 1, 2015 — by Mama fish0


Our first annual grape harvest.

A country house in Tbilisi with a patio covered by dangling white and red grape bundles and the smell of nature, how romantic does that sound?  Lets take that entire romance one step further and let’s make homemade grape juice (or wine if your feeling boozy)!


Other countries, other customs – Part 1/3

September 21, 2015 — by Mama fish2


What happens when you pack your own 20ft container?

What happens when you pack your own 20ft container?

Three weeks longer than expected and exactly one month after our arrival to the place we now call home, our beloved belongings have finally arrived.  We were so excited to see our stuff and get it moved into our new house.  What we didn’t know was the 3-day long process that would follow its arrival to the “dry port” Lilo in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Lilo Terminal Building
Importing your belongs into Georgia Country

Day 1:  Sunny Saturday morning 10:00am
Papa fish jumped into a cab, and drove one hour out of town to where our 20ft container was waiting to be claimed at the by us.  Lilo is located near the international airport on Chimakhuli St.  The kids and myself stayed at home eagerly waiting for our stuff to arrive… NOT.


Eating well – The “Local” Latte Snack bar

September 11, 2015 — by Mama fish0


The “Local” Latte Snack bar

I love all these over priced chewy, nutty, fruit-filled snack bars, who doesn’t?  Especially when anything like this is not available, but should/could be.   This is where our adventure began to seek out the SOLO “nuts and dried fruit lady” in the Dezerter Bazaar (aka: fruit and veg market) in Tbilisi, Georgia.

After two metro trains and over 300 kiosk-like stalls selling everything from the moon and back… there she was, the one-stop-shop raw nut and dried fruit lady selling all the basic natural ingredients I would need to make these sweet snack bars from heaven.  I have to admit; I was surprised by the variety she offered.  I even had the opportunity to try dried fruits that I had never tried before.  Like, raspberries or 4 different varieties of plums for example.  Most of the ingredients where locally grown and dried locally, however some were imported from Iran (dates), Kazakhstan (peanuts), and neighboring Turkey (apricots).  Twenty minutes later, I was all stocked up with several half kilos of different nuts and fruits.  Prices ranged from 4 GEL (peanuts, plums, sunflower seeds) to 35 GEL (cashews, almonds, raspberries).

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