Why I Celebrate My Birthday at Chuck E. Cheese’s As an Adult, Thrillist, June 2019

How America’s pizza rat helped me pick up cultural cues and shaped my world view as an immigrant kid.

My Two Christmases, Hour Detroit, December 2018

Transporting a holiday across continents, and adding a new one in the country we learned to call home.

Tahdig, Popula, November 2018

Thanksgiving was just another opportunity to acknowledge where we came from. At the dinner table, through parsley and sumac, we regenerated.

Armenian Funeral Halva Helped My Family Find a Home in America, Food52, October 2018

A lifelong obsession with Armenian funeral halva, a refugee journey from Iran to America and how you don't really become part of a place until you put your dead in the ground.

The Immortal, Popula, October 2018

When the news of Charles Aznavour’s passing broke, every channel of my social media was filled with stories and memories from every corner of the Armenian diaspora.

I Won a House in Detroit and Cooked My Way into a Home, Bon Appétit, June 2018

After years of reporting stints in and out of the country, I had a home and kitchen of my own.

A Dog of One's Own, Southwest The Magazine, October 2017

Growing up without a pet reflected my experience as an immigrant in America.

Yes, You Can Buy Happiness, GOOD, March 2017

With products that target '90s nostalgia, I make a case for purchasing peace of mind.

Why Germany's Recognition of the Armenian Genocide is Such a Big Deal, PRI's The World, June 2016

An essay (and radio interview) on why German recognition of the Armenian Genocide, and more importantly the politician who championed it, is important. 

I Won a House - And Here's What Happened Next, Refinery29, May 2016

An essay on how I won a house in Detroit, immigration, identity and the "American Dream."

How I Learned to be Armenian Among Shelves of Pickled Shallots, Zocalo Public Square, April 2015

Generations of Armenians in Los Angeles have taken solace in markets that remind them of the homes they had to flee

The Allure of the Armenian Apricot, Mashallah News, July 2013

An essay on identity, nostalgia and the best apricots in the entire world.


Wheels of Fortune, Roads & Kingdoms, February 2013

A ride throughout Armenia and Georgia on Soviet-era marshutka minivans and what they ultimately taught me.


An Ode to the Ethnic Grocery Store, L.A. Times, June 2013

An essay on a lifetime love and hate relationship with ethnic grocery stores, all their strange smells, misspelled fruit labels and the take-no-prisoners grandmothers who poke the packaged, saran-wrapped meat to make sure it’s tender for their dolma or tamales.