September 13, 2016

Discover Armenia through food

yerevan-cityYerevan, the capital of the world’s oldest Christian Country and the city that is believed to have more than 2800 years old. This true jewel o Caucasus has lot of things to show and say you are required just to look through this travel guide through Yerevan, Armenia.

 Let’s start one by one, so point one: where is Armenia?

Armenia is a small, landlocked country in the South Caucasus.

Point two: What is so specific about it?

yerevan_1024x685_1ktFirst of all, Armenia is considered the first official Christian Country and it is full of ancient and extremely peaceful, places where you rediscover yourself.

What can you do in Armenia?

The list is very long here: you can do hiking, Climb Mountains, tasting the national cuisine, and not stop being surprised by how beautiful nature can be.

Armenia is famous for the dishes like Harrissa (a porridge made of wheat and meat cooked together for hours) and Khash (eaten in winter and made out of beef or lamb feet
armenia-ararat_2815019bwhile cooked for hours overnight), and of course for the enormous number of spices like cumin, coriander, sumac, cinnamon, cloves, parsley, basil, tarragon, thyme and mahleb which are usually added in all the specific dishes.

If you are one of those people that love to meet a culture through it’s kitchen, then you are obliged to go to Yerevan for that, there are so many places offering traditional high quality food, or even better, stay at a local (Armenians are famous for their hospitality).

So here is the menu for a day of what you must try and the most important- how exactly you should eat it.

yerevan_market_3The day starts with a good breakfast, made of Khash in the winter or kalagyosh (stew out of high quality meat and yogurt, or the vegetarian one made with lentils and fried onions) in the other seasons. Kalagyosh is traditionally eaten by crumbling stale lavash bread.

As a lunch, you have to eat first the appetizer, which is Chechil (braided and pickled string cheese made out of sheep milk), then go for a main, out of a Byorek (a traditional piewith phyllo pastry and stuffed with cheese or spinach) along with a soup made from matzoon (fermented cow milk)

And a dinner is traditionally a Ghapama- a pumpkin stew or a yerevanmarketKchuch- a casserole of mixed vegetables with pieces of meat or fish on top.

And for a better taste, don’t forget to add some traditional, high quality Armenian Brandy, which is a national pride.

Bon appétit and come to know Armenian through its cuisine!

Photo from sources: merlinandrebecca.blogspot.com, besttravel.am, armeniaholiday.blogspot.com, caucasianchallenge.com, eurasia.travel

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