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Shantal Der Boghosian graduated with a master of science in environmental engineering from UCLA. A well-established "foodie," she combined her passion for food and science to start her own business, Shakar Bakery, to engineer designer cakes. Raised in a Uruguayan-Armenian household, she is fluent in Spanish, English, and Armenian. She writes a monthly column for the Armenian Weekly titled "A Piece of Cake." Email her at shakarbakery@gmail.com.
ARKA was founded in 2009

The Kings of Kings: A Success Story

ARKA was founded in 2009 by Burag Celikian, Shant Der Ashodian, and Sevan Aliksanian. A clothing company that designs thought provoking t-shirts, ARKA embodies the mindset of individuals who are well rounded and can’t define themselves with a single word or phrase. Currently ARKA designs are [more...]

April 25, 2013 // 5 Comments

Harsanik.com was started by a brother and sister duo, Garen Khanoyan and Marineh (Khanoyan) Tchakerian

A Brother and Sister Venture: The Story of Harsanik.com

It’s difficult to imagine a world where information isn’t readily available to us. We have become accustomed to an easy internet search from our smart phones any time we need to find an address, phone number, or even vendor reviews. But a little over a decade ago most of us were still looking [more...]

March 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

To learn more about the project, visit www.familytreedna.com and search for the “Armenia DNA Project.”

A Link to the Past: The ‘Armenian DNA Project’

Technological and medical advances in the last decade have opened many doors to research and development. It seems that the more answers we find, the more complex and layered our questions become. DNA testing is one of the advances that have become more readily available to the public. DNA is a [more...]

January 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

Krikor and Estefano  decided to incorporate their love of soccer (or futbol) into their academic project.

Doing What You Love: A Uruguayan-Armenian Success Story

In the summer of 2010 I was immersed in the World Cup games, following every second of Uruguay’s soccer matches. Something incredible was happening that summer—Uruguay was playing with surprising sharp skills, and for the first time in years they advanced to the semi-finals. As ecstatic as I [more...]

December 13, 2012 // 3 Comments

This month I want to break protocol and share a personal experience that taught me a good lesson on sharing food.

Breaking Bread

In a month that’s known for food bringing people together, I can’t help but think of the power of a meal and how the simple act of sharing food with another human being makes you feel a part of a greater whole. This month I want to break protocol and share a personal experience that taught me a [more...]

November 21, 2012 // 2 Comments

The biggest challenge Lussia and Ryan encounter is building and repairing shallow wells in West Pokot, Kenya.

What’s in Your Water?

Growing up in the United States has given me relatively free access to clean water. I can bathe in it, cook with it, and consume it whenever I choose to without worry. Most of us take this element for granted and can’t fathom a world without easy access to clean water. Yet, according to the World [more...]

October 26, 2012 // 2 Comments

(L-R) David Bouie, Natalie Kottke, and Barbara Bouie

A Recipe for Disaster: One Small Town’s Cry for Help

It wasn’t too long ago that I traveled through South America and Costa Rica to witness hundreds of people striking against the government to fight for basic rights—clean air and clean water. It was those experiences that encouraged me to pursue a degree in environmental engineering, with a goal [more...]

September 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

(L-R) Toorian, Gharakhanian, Sarkissian, Ohanian, Hartounian, Khanoyan, Gorjian, Zadourian, Aintablian, Demirjian, and Karapetian.

To Infinity and Beyond: Armenians in the Mars Rover Curiosity Project

The Armenian Weekly Sept. 1, 2012 Space has long been a source of mystery for humankind—a mystery we sought to decipher. Thanks to the scientific curiosity of Ptolemy, Galileo Galilee, and Isaac Newton, man discovered numerous planets, landed on the Moon, and even captured ancient images of space [more...]

August 23, 2012 // 49 Comments

This year I had the pleasure of meeting Hilda Sarkisyan when my bakery, Shakar Bakery, was asked to donate a cake for the Nataline Sarkisyan Fashion Legacy 5.

A Piece of Cake: From Loss Springs Hope for Change

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes 1 cup butter, softened 1 tbsp. baking powder ¾ cup granular sugar ½ tbsp. salt 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 4 large eggs Pink Frosting ½ cup butter, softened pink food coloring 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar 1 tsp. pure vanilla [more...]

July 26, 2012 // 1 Comment