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Let your taste buds travel with Georgian cheese boats

SNOWY mountains, lush nature, and good wine -- welcome to Georgia!

These same factors made former flight attendant Ethel Jane Manuel quit her lucrative job and live there.

Manuel was a flight attendant for an international airline company for almost four years.

"The best thing about being a flight attendant was I was able to travel the world," Manuel shared adding that she has been to almost 80 countries and 90 cities.

But, despite seeing the world, Manuel fell in love with Georgia.

"I quit my job and worked for a local family friend there who owns a hotel and restaurant. That's where I stumbled upon this magic bread in Georgia," Manuel shared.

Manuel's discovery was the Georgian cheese boat made with pita bread and cheese, and is considered the national food of the country.

While she was in Georgia, Manuel learned the authentic way of making the Georgian cheese boat from local chefs and grandmothers who have spent most of their lives perfecting the recipe.

Manuel makes two kinds of Georgian cheese boat -- the khachapuri (pita bread with mozzarella) and adjaruli (pita bread with mozzarella and egg).

"I did my research and found out that we don't have Georgian restaurants or food in the Philippines. So, it is safe to say that I am the only one offering authentic Georgian cheese boats here in the Philippines," Manuel shared.

Since the pandemic has prevented people from traveling, going to Georgia might not be possible for now. But, your taste buds can!

Sink your teeth into these authentic Georgian cheese boats handmade by EJ Manuel.

To order, send her a message via https://www.facebook.com/Homeofthe1stGeorgianDelicacyinthePhilippines, or email to manueletheljane@yahoo.com.


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