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August 21, 2013

Armenian ice cream cone hits the spot

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We don’t indulge every evening, maybe every other night while the TV is going. Ice cream stands are a favorite stop. We cannot resist the temptation of a good treat.

While touring Armenia, one evening I wound up at an ice cream stand on Sayat Nova Street. It was not your typical fare — and it was doing a whale of a business.

Italian Gelato! Yes, Italian ice cream with 20 different varieties in the middle of Hayastan. I settled upon a pistachio that was out of this world.

If Sarky were around and had his Armenian tricolor ice cream stand, no doubt he would have made a fortune in the country he loved best. And he probably would have given all the profits back to the people.

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Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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