Fresno-Born Reader is a Great Fan of

Fresno-born, Las Vegas, Nevada resident Christine Vartanian Datian is a new admirer of, enjoying our Armenian recipes and YouTube presentations.

Spicy Southwestern Tabbouleh*

Because both her mother, Alice, and grandmother were excellent cooks, Christine developed an enormous interest in cooking – and – writing. In fact, Christine has had several of her own recipes published in ‘Sunset’ and ‘Cooking Light’ magazines. She felt our readers would be particularly interested in trying her original recipe, “Spicy Southwestern Tabbouleh,” which was published last year in ‘Cooking Light’; it received 5 Stars for Outstanding Recipe by readers and editors.

While you’re at it, try Christine’s other tantalizing recipes, ‘Potato and Lamb Moussaka’, or ‘Lamb and Eggplant Meatball Pita sandwich’ as well.

Potato-Lamb Moussaka*

There’s more… It seems another branch of Christine’s family is into the food and dining scene in a big way in California. Her cousins, the Vartanian family, own the Vintage Press Restaurant in Visalia, California. (See below.)

Lamb-Eggplant Meatball Pita*

*(Photos from

The Vintage Press Restaurant, renowned for its excellent food and service, has been in business since 1966.  Cousin David Vartanian is the chef.
Chef David’s recipe,** Tomato-Mozzarella Salad, was featured in the Great Day Kitchen – KMPH FOX 26 Central San Joaquin Valley News Source. This is a recipe that can easily be made and enjoyed at home.

NOTE:** The amount of basil in the Tomato-Mozzarella Salad recipe is listed as a question mark(?). According to Chef David, it should be 1/4 cup.

If you are ever in Visalia, CA be sure to visit the Vintage Press Restaurant for a  delicious lunch or dinner. (Reservations are suggested for dinner.) Read what Frommer’s has to say about the Vintage Press.
Vintage Press Restaurant

216 N. Willis St.
Visalia, CA.
(559) 733-3033

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous April 10, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I used to work at the VP. EVERYTHING is delicious! Be sure to try the Chili Relleno!


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