The Delicious Traditional Armenian
Dish of Dolma!
Every country has its classic dishes and in Armenia, one of the most beloved is dolma, a family of stuffed vegetable dishes, most often wrapped in grape or cabbage leaves. While in Armenia, my home was the Silk Road Hotel, where with almost every meal, I enjoyed dolma made by its chef, Raya Babinyan. Let me introduce you to Raya and dolma-making, accompanied by singer Anush Stepanyan singing a folk song especially dedicated to this beloved Armenian dish.
Marie Lou Papazion is the founding CEO of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies in Armenia, a free after-school learning program that serves 14,000 teens. TUMO offers self-learning activities, workshops and project labs in 14 disciplines that include animation, game development, film-making, web design, music, writing and robotics among other areas.This conversation with Marie Lou offers insight into Armenian culture of today, as well as the back story to an intriguing educational approach that has implications for all of us in terms of how we see the world.
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