I've fallen in love with Eternal Remont in the past few days while ostensibly doing other things (not reading about Central Asia as much, though). And I've found such wonders as Hottest Heads of State, multiple reasons why folks Stateside should start celebrating independence Abkhazia-style, and lots of other good Near Abroad goodness.
These photos are the coolest so far, though. And if you go through them all, you find that there's a Ближнее зарубежье themed restaurant in London that serves: Blini, Katchapouri, Chicken Kiev, Shashlyk, and 8-pound cocktails (that's money, not weight, sorry). So yeah, I know where I'll be a New Years down the road.
Because spending $70 on Caucasian food, however gauche, is not a crime.