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The Best Potato Salad You’ll Ever Eat


It's football season!

In honor of Labor Day Weekend – and the big kick-off to FOOTBALL SEASON – I decided to share one of my favorite recipes with you: Armenian Potato Salad. I learned how to make it from my mom – who I’m guessing learned how to make it from an Armenian friend in Saudi Arabia. I prefer it to regular, mayo-based potato salad. For one thing, it’s lighter. And if you don’t eat it right away, it gets better. Because there’s no mayo in it, it’s perfect to take on a picnic or to a tailgate party since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

That’s a winning recipe in my book!

You will need:

  • a bag of small red potatoes
  • a couple of green onions
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • a handful of parley
  • 1 lemon
  • EVOO*
  • salt & pepper

Start out by boiling the red potatoes. I don’t peel them, I just rinse ’em off and, depending on how big they are, either quarter them or cut them into chunks. Put them in a pot of salted water and boil until fork tender.


For the dressing, squeeze a lemon into about a quarter cup of EVOO. Chop up 2-3 cloves of garlic and stir that in. Then add some freshly ground salt and pepper.

garlic, lemon and EVOO

When the potatoes are done, drain them and put them back in the pot for a few seconds and shake them around a little bit. This will dry them. Then dump them in a bowl and add the dressing, stirring so all the potatoes get a shot of yumminess. Grind some more salt and pepper over them.

dressed potatoes

Chop up the parsley and slice the green onions thinly, then add them to the potatoes.

Give the potatoes a gentle, loving stir and – this is the hardest part – set them aside for a while. As long as you can stand it. I suggest putting them in the fridge to cool, because if they’re out of sight you won’t be tempted to try them. Believe me, once you taste a forkful, it’s all over.

Armenian potato salad

I hope you like these as much as I do. If so, come back and tell me.

If not, don’t bother.

*EVOO is Extra Virgin Olive Oil



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Saturday Night’s All Right

G and I went out with our dear friends on Saturday night. We helped them celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary. 28 years together – how awesome is that?

 D and S

Our friends, D and S

We started with cocktails at our favorite spot, Rocks on the Roof. It’s the bar on top of The Bohemian Hotel.

Cocktails at Rocks on the Roof

Me and G at Rocks on the Roof

It’s super cool – it has garage doors instead of windows, which are open if the weather is good (which it usually is, we are in Savannah). The four of us sat out on the patio, admiring the view over the river and the impressively large bridge that connects Georgia to it’s northern neighbor, South Carolina. If you go, you must ask for a blueberry mojito. Mmm mmm!

After our cocktails, we walked the short distance to Garibaldi’s for dinner. It was our first time at the local favorite, and we were immediately impressed. The place was packed at 7:30. It was very dark inside, and finding our way to our table was like maneuvering your way through a movie theater after the movie has started. But it wasn’t too dark not to be blown away by the beautiful tin ceiling!

We decided to have another mojito, just because we were all so satisfied with ourselves for being in such a fabulous place.

Dinner was excellent. S had the specialty of the house, the Crispy Flounder. Yum! Crispy Flounder

G had a Veal Chop, and it was perfectly done. Yum Yum! Veal Chop

D and I both went for Crispy Duck. I think between the two of us we ate a whole duck – quack, quack! Add a side of mushroom risotto and fresh green beans and I was hap, hap, happy! Crispy Duck

Oh, I forgot to mention our appetizer – tempura soft shelled crab. I didn’t manage to get a picture because we all gobbled it up as soon as it landed on the table.

And dessert? Puh-lease! A “Berry Basket.” Berry Basket  Dee-lishus!

Afterwards, we went in search of an after dinner drink. We went into a bar that used to be called Venus de Milo. G and I had been there a couple of times and thought it was a cool place. It had changed hands and it’s called Rogue Water Tap House now. It’s a college bar/dive. But we were not about to search any further. We sat down at the bar and when the young college boy asked us what we would like, we all looked at each other like idiots. What we really wanted was a nice glass of wine, but no dice. No wine at Rogue House. So we looked around, looked at each other some more, and looked at the offerings on the chalkboard menu behind the bar. The young college boy wandered off, then reappeared. We still didn’t know what we wanted. He suggested Apple Cider. D tasted it. We all looked on in a stupor. (I think I started to get a little embarrassed at this point.) G stepped up and ordered a Jamesons. The college boy suggested adding a Fireball to the cider, which made a drink called “Angry Balls.” What the hell. D and I both went for it. Not to be left out, S ordered a water. After dinner drinks

Saturday night was definitely all right!

PS We took a cab home.

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