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August 21, 2013

Armenian ice cream cone hits the spot


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.


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

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