Anastas Mikoyan

Anastas Mikoyan was born in 1895 in Sanahin village and became a Bolshevik revolutionary in his early life. He was a strong Stalin supporter after Lenin’s death and held different important governmental posts including minister of Foreign Trade. He got an even more prominent role when Khrushchev came to power and was even considered the…

Ghavurma

Ghavurma is also called Khavurma or thal and is a homemade meat preserve famous in the regions of Armenia. In ancient times, our ancestors used to prepare ghavurma in late autumn to use it until spring. Beef or lamb is washed then drained (there is also an option of keeping it in salted water). Then…

Ghapama

Ghapama is a traditional Armenian dish which is usually prepared during holidays. It is made of pumpkin stuffed with rice, honey and dried fruits: apple, apricot, plums, chopped almonds, cornel, as well raisins. The stuffed pumpkin is baked in the oven until it becomes soft (traditionally baked in “tonir”).

Tigran Hamasyan

Famous Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan was born in Gyumri, on July 17, 1987. He plays mostly original compositions, which are strongly influenced by the Armenian folk tradition, often using its scales and modalities. In addition to Tigran’s folk influence, he is much influenced by American jazz traditions and to some extent, as on his…

Gata

There are many variations of gata and typically specific towns or regions have their own version. Long ago, gata was baked in a tonir, but it is now baked in ovens. It’s traditional Armenian dessert generally filled with khoriz – a stuffing made of flour, butter and sugar. Gata comes in other fillings, too, such…

Dolma

Dolma is the queen of the Armenian cuisine. Tolma is prepared from minced lamb or beef mixed with rice, fresh herbs and plenty of spices, wrapped in grape or cabbage leaves. While making tolma the Armenians use seasonings such as coriander, dill, mint, pepper and cinnamon. Grape-leaf tolma is served with yogurt mixed with garlic.…

Minas Avetisyan

Minas Avetisyan was born in the village of Jajur, Soviet Armenia. His mother, Sofo, was a daughter of the priest from Kars. His father, Karapet, was a smith from Mush. His wife was Gayane Mamajanyan. The main theme of his works was Armenian nature, the nature of Jajur, the religion, poor people, mountains, fields etc.…

Cognac, the Armenian Brandy

Of all Armenia’s alcoholic drinks, Cognac is its best-known product, the cognac factory exporting more than 2 million bottles a month to Russia alone. It’s no wonder why, since it is truly one of the best brandies in the world, the only type William Churchill drank (Stalin often complained about Churchill, saying he cared more…

Cheese Chechil

Chechil is Mozzarella-like string cheese, also called husats or tel. It is a kneaded or pulled cheese, and the art of the cheese-maker is in stretching it thin so that it yields a ‘’chicken-breast texture’’. It’s often sold braided in thick ropes.

Mher Mkrtchyan

Mher Mkrtchyan better known by his stage name Frunzik (4 July 1930 – 29 December 1993), was a Soviet Armenian actor. He is widely considered as one of the greatest Armenian actors of the Soviet period. He was born in Leninakan (now Gyumri) Armenian SSR. His famous roles were in Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1966), Mimino…