Mar 13 2008

Lessons from the former Soviet Union: How to make an ice cream sundae

by in Armenia, Eastern Europe & the Caucasus

Deposit several scoops of ice cream into a tall glass, garnish with an entire orchard’s worth of fruit and one ice cream cone. Serve with a dash of disinterested Eastern European customer service.

bizarre ice cream sundae in Yerevan, Armenia

This is the most bizarre sundae I’ve ever seen in my life, and that’s saying something, considering how much ice cream I eat. I love ice cream, and, in particular, that delicious soft serve ice cream that costs less than 25 cents and can be found throughout the former Soviet republics.

Late one evening in Yerevan, after finishing dinner at a decent Chinese restaurant, everyone hopped in their respective SUVs (American diplomats, natch) for a morozhenoe run. We ended up at some outdoor pseudo Middle Eastern cafe that looked as if it had been jacked from a Hollywood movie set and deposited in downtown Yerevan. All that mattered, though, was that they served ice cream and coffee. I opted for a traditional vanilla/chocolate combination, but Andrew decided to be the brave man in the group and order the descriptionless “Sharm-El” sundae. The above photo shows what he ended up with. I’m glad I stuck with my highly unoriginal ice cream order, as a smörgåsbord of fruit only serves to defile the ice cream. Too damn healthy.

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5 Responses to Lessons from the former Soviet Union: How to make an ice cream sundae

  1. From Ann:

    That’s scary. I just need sprinkles on my ice cream…

    Posted on March 14, 2008 at 2:06 pm #
  2. From Lindsay:

    I go pretty wild at an ice cream toppings bar…sprinkles, every single sauce available, nuts, whipped cream, cherries, etc etc
    (although I think you saw that as I topped off my Astros mini helmet)

    Posted on March 15, 2008 at 11:20 am #
  3. From Vartan:

    I’ve never been more freaked out by ice cream. Is that a face??

    Posted on August 20, 2008 at 2:38 pm #
  4. From Darcy:

    Yummy,that’s the way I like my ice cream.I am from Europe.Unfortunately here in States it’s hard to find ice cream with lots of fresh fruit and real whipped cream.Maybe in upscale places.

    Posted on November 23, 2008 at 12:25 am #
  5. From expat 21:

    Wow, what a great photo–this looks delicious! What about explaining here how to make it?
    Expat 21
    “Expat Abroad”
    expat21.wordpress.com

    Posted on January 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm #
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