Once a stop off-on the famed Silk Road, Georgia sits at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The country's cuisine reflects this cultural convergence, featuring Mediterranean and Arabic influences like yoghurt, pommegranates and olive oil, along with European ingredients, such as cheese and doughy dumplings. Meat-based stews and braises are often hearty and laced with spice, however, Georgians also enjoy lighter salads such as these bean and beetroot varieties. Stuffed vegetables, cheesy pastries and barbecued skewers are also popular foods.