Tag Archives: Food Traditions


Chicken Soup has Healing Properties

Main Piece: What is so special about chicken soup? “All Jewish grandmas think that chicken soup will cure most of the things that are wrong with you. It’s called Jewish penicillin. And then I’ve heard that there’s some scientific support for this, in a paper I cannot find… supposedly if the chicken soup contains at… Continue Reading »

Bread In Armenia

Informant’s Background: My informant, AD, is an undergraduate student at USC who grew up in Glendale, California. Her family immigrated to the United States from the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Context: The informant is my girlfriend and we share an apartment together. I asked her if she could… Continue Reading »

Iranian New Year Tradition (Haft-sin)

Name: Haft-sin (هفت‌سین) Main Piece Me: So, I know people in Iran celebrate their New Year next month. Informant: Yeah, Nowruz. It’s in March, but I’m not sure what day it’s on because it’s always different I think. Me: Is there anything you guys do on that day? Or any particular dish that is traditional… Continue Reading »

Armenian Foodway – Kyomba

(Some parts of this conversation took place in Armenian and have been translated to English) Main Piece Informant: Have you ever heard of Kyomba? Me: I have yeah my family does it. But I noticed that not many Armenians make it here [in America]. Informant: Yes, I have noticed that too. That’s not good.   Me:… Continue Reading »