It was supposed to be a routine cookbook research expedition; but the jet-lagged team of culinary professionals from the U.S. West Coast arriving in Armenia in mid-April would quickly learn that “sometimes cookbook writing can take you in many directions.” Their arrival coincided with Armenia erupting into country-wide democracy protests. There they were – smack …
If you were so inspired by my last post to plan a trip to Armenia as soon as possible, you may now think – after some news reports – it might be a good idea to hit the pause button while Armenians sort out a newly-developed (but long over-due) critical matter in the country, like … Continue reading About That Trip to Armenia…..
After returning to Germany from Armenia last summer I was invited to a dinner party. The hosts and guests were a mix of British, German and American. Of course I took advantage of enthralling them about my wonderful trip to Armenia. I described the warm hospitality of the people, the incredibly tasty food, delicious mountain … Continue reading Destination Armenia!
For Armenians, Easter is the most significant holiday of the year and usually involves large family gatherings where a strange ritual takes place: The Easter Egg Duel. I would like to share with you an old and fun Easter tradition shared by Armenians around the world. Maybe you would like to try it too! Here’s how … Continue reading The Easter Egg Duel – A charming Armenian tradition
Winter is a time to curl up into reflection mode – to read, to think, to dream, and to plan. On the other hand, it could get a little too fuzzy-warm and inward orientated. A vitalizing element is needed, if only in your mind. On that tone I invite you on a short, winter armchair journey … Continue reading Armenia in Winter
This post is a dedication to the memory of 1.5 million Armenians who perished under brutal and barbaric circumstances in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and to the courageous survivors who are no longer with us. To my family. For many decades Armenians have commemorated April 24 as the day that officially began the annihilation … Continue reading In Memorium
Are you stuck for Christmas gift ideas for special people on your list? Here are three brief summaries of gift suggestions coming out of Europe, each with unique and refreshing Armenian themes. In his entertaining book, Tour De Armenia, London-based traveler and photographer, Rafi Youredjian, humorously chronicles his varied adventures and the delicate situations he … Continue reading Holiday Gift Ideas with Armenian Themes
Easter is the most important religious holiday in Armenia and, naturally, a special meal takes place after the service. I would like to share with you a typical Easter meal I experienced in Armena. Churches throughout the country are packed full for the services. Afterwards, families gather at a home for the Easter meal. The Easter … Continue reading An Easter Meal in Armenia