Monthly Archives: July 2015

Fun things happening at Kiwi this week!

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Okay all interested, once again sorry for not writing very frequently, it’s because I’m not a blogger or a blogg follower..

We have had a good last week, a lot of work every day, still some of us managed to squeeze in a mini-vacation to Batumi (1,5 days(Helen, Mike, Soroush and Oleg)) and some managed so squeeze in Food Not Bombs (Sergey, Mariam and Jura) with a very big pot of potato soup… some might say too big!

The calm weekend ended with an somewhat unexpected mega dinner at Sunday 20.30 that left no time to set up the equipment for the scheduled film showing at 21.00. Still we managed to get it started approximately 21.25. which I believe is okay, not only according to Georgian punctuality, but it would also pas in Sweden, but maybe not Germany or Japan? We showed the HBO documentary “Dangerous acts starring the unstable elements of Belarus” we squeezed in a full audience. The film was interesting, hopeful and depressing at the same time.

Enough about the past, I always live in the future, many people say it’s better to live in the now… but I’m not convinced. This week we look forward to:

Tuesday 28/7 20.00: Concert with Klepsidra, a band from St. Petersburg. They will treat us to ethnic Serbian, Bulgarian and Turkish music. We are promised it will be dance friendly. All are welcome free of charge, the band gratefully accept donations if you like their music.

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Wednesday 29/7 20.00: Scandinavian language club. We meet and practice talking in any of the Scandinavian languages. All levels are welcome, but we try to avoid any English or Georgian.

Sunday 2/8 21.00: Film night. We invite you, free of charge to watch a film together. We have not decided on which one yet, the two options we’re thinking about are the two documentaries “Forks over Knifes” about the advantages of eating a plant based diet or “Chechnya: War Without Trace” A film about Chechnya’s transformation and terror that exists behind it’s gleaming facade. We will post on our facebook as soon as we have decided.

Anyway you are welcome and you are also welcome to suggest films to watch, and also other event’s you want to host at our place:)

Hope to see you soon, you are welcome for some vegan food or drinks any time between noon and 23.00 all days of the week at Kiwi Café.

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A constant party at Kiwi Café

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All you all, just so you know, we’re always in party mood at the Kiwi, now even the Kaiser guy has made an effort and dressed up a bit! We are trying to avoid all things commercial.. but to be honest because of the prices for fridges we have caved and invited both Pepsi and the Kaiser beer guy to our facilities, and so far they have only caused minor troubles. actually only Pepsi.. this fridge we’re keeping in our kitchen for food and stuff, but we don’t sell Pepsi drinks, the fridge was left in our place by the previous tenants. Like a week after we moved in a guy came by, he was from Pepsi, he asked if we were going to open soon and if we wanted to order Pepsi. To be able to keep the free fridge we kind of gave a very vague maybe. Then we didn’t see him again until the day before we were about to open, 31st June, by then we had hidden the fridge in the new kitchen. We pretended we didn’t know what he was talking about when he started to ask about the fridge. He quickly saw through our lie, and then when we admitted that we didn’t actually plan on ordering any Pepsi he threatened with taking away the fridge the day after. So we went to buy a new used fridge out in a used stuff shopping mall in the suburbs.

We never saw the Pepsi guy or any of his allies again.. the fridge is still in our kitchen, it’s working fine.

Anyway the pepsi is just for practical reasons. But the Kaiser is just for FUN

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See you at the constant party!

Pictures from our grand opening event!

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Pictures from our grand opening event!

Our free-food-and-fun-for-all Grand Opening Event took place on the 4th of July. Now not only Americans have cause for celebration on this fine summer date, but this will go to history as the day when Kiwi Café in Tbilisi officially opened to a great start. We’re now posting, upon request, some photos of this our first of many events.     11402991_378597315672388_1998920818950982665_n 11403035_378597379005715_3211355535025736735_n 11403203_378597319005721_2043886017211435969_n 11666235_378597469005706_5228933060566963587_n 11692548_378597352339051_7952246433084457264_n 11692663_378597669005686_6135191024435633293_n 11693814_378597399005713_4098298849867758075_n 11695797_378597599005693_1611801301501484380_n 11707600_378597595672360_7976281770747775824_n11059320_378597322339054_1656362496627564387_n10433951_378597645672355_8534655397225182857_n 10997017_378597375672382_6950142933133454002_n 11009887_378597485672371_5691238820204788196_n

The neighbours were surprised see, and hopefully not too much disturbed by such an unusually big crowd of people on their otherwise fairly quiet street in Old Tbilisi. The report I got the morning after from our land lady was that some people were hanging out to very late after we closed and can you believe, they left one wine glass and one other glass on the side walk:)

Hope to see you soon at the Kiwi (bird and fruit!)

Film night on Sunday!

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This Sunday at 21.00 we attempt our first film night at our newborn Kiwi Café. The vegan life style includes not only strict dietary restrictions and strict moral guidelines sprung out of bad conscience from how we people treat other animals and our environment, but also fun! Therefore we will show the Danish black comedy “The Green Butchers” from 2003. It touches on many interesting subjects, and one of them is the absurdity of producing and eating meat. For more info on this, in my opinion, brilliant film check out IMDB.

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We will show this movie free of charge, we also do not require of you to buy anything at the café, if you don’t want to, though I do think this film is best enjoyed with a beer or a tea or maybe some vegan food:)

The film will be shown in its original language as I don’t believe in the art of dubbing movies. I have not been able to find neither Georgian or Russian subs so there will be English subtitles only this time. In the future we will do our best to show films in languages that are understood by as many of our potential visitors as possible.

If you have a good suggestion for an interesting and enjoyable film for us to show please feel free to contact us about arranging a film night

All are welcome!

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Today’s menu!

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Welcome to Kiwi tonight. We’re open every day from noon – 11 pm (or last customer)

-Moroccan tangine with chick peas served with bulgur
-Falafel -wrap or on plate with tabbouleh
-Pasta with tomato and lentil sauce
-Sandwich on rye bread with eggplant and veggies
-Raw salad with lentil sprouts

To drink: home made mint lemonade, smoothies, beer, wine, coffee, tea, juice and mineral water.

We’re still figuring out how to run the Kiwi smoothly and efficiently and have not really had time to plan any events yet. But this will come soon. If you are interested in arranging any kind of meetings, information about community projects, short classes in something you’re good at, language clubs or so please feel welcome to contact us for doing this at our place, free of charge, no need for participants to buy anything if they don’t want to:) our place is a open community café.

Thank you / Hope to see you all soon

Kiwi Cafe crew

And so, all of a sudden, we’re open!

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After many hard days of work, sorry for not blogging, I must admit that I’m not a natural born blogger, we opened Kiwi Café Wednesday July 1. We have been open for 3 successful days. We have had guests from all over the world, even New Zeeland! The falafel is the most popular item on the menu so far. Tonight we have the grand opening event, and then we continue the kind fight to get people to chose vegan food on a daily basis.

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Thank you so much to all the people who have been so kind to support us in this project, both with physical help, information and financial support.

I will try to blogg more frequently in the future:) or most of all I’ll try to make someone in out group responsible communications and social media, as I’m now working mostly in the kitchen.
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Go Vegan Go!