Another part of his request was related to the International Space University’s ideology which is based on three “I” s - : international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and a mandatory cultural night presentation.Tigran wrote:
“A lot of cultures and nations are represented by participants (in ISU). Every culture must make a cultural night presentation and prepare some dishes from national cuisine. I'm the only participant in Armenian team and Armenian cultural night is this Friday (June 29th). Not much time left. I would be very thankful if you could recommend any store with Armenian products - or at least a place where I can find Armenian lavash. I'm thinking about making barbecue.”
This didn’t leave me a lot of time, so I got right down to work. Since I live about 3 hours from Melbourne, Google came to my rescue. It produced the names of a couple of Middle Eastern stores in Tigran’s area, which I sent to him directly. I also put him in touch with a young Armenian couple in his area, who are looking forward to meeting him as well.
Tigran replied:“Thank you! It would be great to meet (the couple). I found lavash in the store that is just near me. So tomorrow I'm going to make barbecue.”
|Tigran, the Armenian 'chef'|
|His BBQ'd pork and chicken|
Tigran kept his promise, and sent me a series of photos of his cultural night preparation. His menu included approx. 4 kg (about 9 lbs.) of pork and 1 kg (a little over 2 lbs.) of chicken. He also had 25 year old Armenian brandy- not a bad meal! He served approx. 50 people from all over the world, who enjoyed both the barbecue and brandy very much.
|Tigran stuffing the lavash|
By the looks of the food on the grill, Armenian tri-colored leis, and traditional Armenian vest and head-wear, Tigran presented quite a meal and show!We hope Tigran will always remember his Florida experience – and Armenian Kitchen encounter. Much success to you, Tigran, and thanks!