No website; no sign; no name; great food; it’s Gayane’s in Yerevan

Gayane has lived in a ground-floor apartment just to the right of this apartment building since the 1970s. When Armenia was part of the Soviet Union, private businesses were discouraged, but a few people, such as Gayane, served meals to guests in their homes. Since 1991, of course, most enterprising cooks opened their own restaurants in the city, but Gayane did not. She continues to serve delicious Armenian food for a good price. Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

Since the weather was delightful, we ate outside. I had lamb and potatoes as well as pickled green beans as an appetizer. Gayane brought us cherries from her yard for dessert. Near the end of our meal, Gayane asked us if we’d mind if she played the piano. Of course not! We went inside to hear her play. Copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.

We returned the next night to Gayane’s because she was preparing meat smoked over a wood fire in a pit for a group of 20. It was delicious. Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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