Monday, May 21, 2007
Fine. I'll post something
My name is Rob. Barev.
Erik has been talking about this blog forever. At first I thought he was going to post everything for us but now it seems like he actually wanted us to contribute too. Charjer.
Anyway I like food and I like taking people to eat food. So far we have gone to a bunch of places (mostly around our hotel the Ani Plaza Hotel) and we try and eat something different each night.
That map right there has most of the places that we have eaten so far...
When we got in late Sunday night (May 13th 2007) we were hungry. The Ani Plaza Hotel told us of a pizza place to eat on terian street inbetween Sayat Nova Street and Moskovian Street. If you can see the big red dot we walked northwest one block from our hotel and then turned right. It turns out that pizza place was closed and the only thing open on that block was "Omega" (it was 4am Yerevan Time).
So we turned around and walked southeast past our hotel on Sayat Nova until we found a place that was open at the corner of Sayat Nova and Moskovian... Dako. For our first experience of Armenian food it took like an hour for us to get our food (but we learned that french fries were called "Free"). We ate, and went to bed.
The next day we were looking for lunch so we stopped by a place called Bistro which we noticed was open the night before and was very clean, but had no guests... ever. Anyway we ordered kabob sandwiches with a side order of "free" which they decided to put into our sandwiches. It was really good, but when we asked for hummus they had never heard of it. No hummus in Armenia?!?!
Well I wanted to show my friends a place that I had gone to the last time I was in Yerevan so that night we went to Square One on Abovian Street. The restraunt has amazing shakes but no one liked the burgers but me. In any case they had very quick service and the pizza was good. As we were walking back we soon realized that Abovian street was much cooler than any other street we had been to before. It has been dubbed the "Hollywood Boulevard of Armenia".
So we wanted some nightlife (unfortunetaly we got in on a Sunday night and kept looking for happening spots on weekdays. But the locals told us to go to Cheers. We went there and were supposed to meet Erik there but there was barely anyone at all and the only person we met was a guy named Armen...
Anyway since I had picked a place the next night Aline decided we should go to a restraunt that she remembered to be shad lav across the street from Dako. Well it was remodeled into a place called the Aztec Cafe and we were very impressed with the staff, food, presentation, and high cost (the most expensive dinner yet). Just don't get the Banana Daqueri.
We still hadn't found a good place to get dessert but Erik walked us to the Cascades one night in search of something to do. There wasn't much there and the one cafe we tried was horrible so we left. After making fun of Erik for just trying to show off his knowledge of a random statue by the cascades we argued until we stopped at a place by the opera house called Jazzve. It was great. Good drinks, good desert, and a waiter who wasn't a jerk (although he gave back 10 dram even though the bill came to 15510)! Needless to say we came back again. We ended up bringing Andre - a cool guy who works for Steve Lazarian, Dani, Moses, and Greta who are all point loma students (except for moses) and are working on the Lazarian's project with us. Their hostel is really close so it was a convenient hangout spot.
Well the group that we are building this house with are very American. In fact, the leader "Robert" was almost considering only going to pizza places for the entire trip! We counseled him to go to Armenian places because he is in Armenia! In any case one of the pizza places that we went to was called Diamond Pizza. Diamond Pizza doesn't have Lemon Fanta, but the pizza was Ok. Every night a person in the group gets to pass around a trophy that was given to Steve Lazarian from the Mayor of Yerevan or something to the person they thought deserved it most. Troy passed it to Alex.
Erik's Dad is cool and he took us to breakfast. There is a place called Artbridge right around the corner of our hotel on Abovian street. We went there for dinner one night but it was no good. The breakfast on the other hand is great. Pancakes, "free", eggs, ham, orange juice - almost like you are in California. Thanks for brekfast Mr. Erik's Dad!
Everyone was complaining to me about wanting to go to only my places and that I was being an inconsiderate jerk for wanting to hang out with someone other than the SC group. So I hung low until we went to Cactus! Cactus is this awesome Mexican food place by the opera house that is really fun because you never know if you are getting something that tastes like mexican food, or the armenian equivalent. It is also really funny to see Armenians in sombreros and ponchos. Dina and Greta joined us again (but then got in trouble by Robert and Crystal) as well as Armen and his sister Sonya. Andre joined us (us by the way is Aline, Erik, Kelly, Janet, Matt, and I). It was sweet.
Tonight we went to Pizza Di Roma and had an assortment of salads and a platter with chicken, ground beef, fries, and stuff. It wasn't half bad but the gang dragged me from my conversation and then felt awkward about it.
Anyway I hope this gives you an idea of the places to eat around Yerevan. It has been fun going around Yerevan and eating with friends. Come join us!
- Robert Hudson Ashodian Moore