|Doug and his cousin Charlotte Ermoian|
One such visit was to Doug’s cousin Charlotte Ermoian, who
manages—and lives in—one of those tall condo buildings in Fort Lee, NJ where
Palisades Amusement Park once stood. She’s really awesome—keeps fit, works
hard, and lives life to the fullest. Charlotte treated us to lunch at a trendy place
on the Hudson River, overlooking NYC while we caught up on family news.
|Aerial view of the former Palisades Amusement Park, Fort Lee, NJ which overlooked the Hudson River and New York City|
As we were parting, Charlotte said she was going to call
her aunt Alice Bakalian to tell her about our visit, which meant Alice would be
expecting us to visit her too.
|Dining Out – summer-fall issue 2016 |
The store was chock-full of delicious-looking items. Before we knew it, our arms were loaded down with lots of goodies—lahmajoun, manti, string cheese, etc., and a magazine called ‘Dining Out’
which features restaurants in New Jersey’s Hudson and Bergen counties. We
snatched-up two copies, mainly for these reasons: #1- Doug’s cousin, Paul
Turpanjian is the publisher, and #2- Doug had an article featured in that particular issue, ‘Food Culture:Armenia – An introduction to Armenia, plate by plate.’
we hadn’t stopped at Arenie, we would never have seen his printed article – oh, and
the food we bought there was really good, too! Dawn and Ara agreed.
|Doug with Alice and Azie Bakalian|
The day we departed my sister’s in North Jersey, we
detoured to South Jersey to have lunch with Alice and her husband Azie, who
live outside of Atlantic City. Both are in their 90’s, but you’d never know it. They’re in great shape – physically
and mentally, and could, literally, run circles around the two of us.
|Notice the Armenian ‘thank you’ near the bottom!|
I thought the addition of the foil was a bit odd until
Alice told us the story behind it: She’d bought her usual brand (Handi-Foil) at a local grocers and didn’t think anything of it until her granddaughter pointed
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