The movie “The Avengers” ended with the superheroes sitting together surrounded by rubble in the midst of a destroyed building. It did not matter to them, however, because they were eating shawarma.
It turns out, that European fast-food sandwich is not just one for film. There’s a restaurant just outside the Olympic Village.
David Levomyan has worked at Shawarma since its genesis. His father, Aram, opened the store five months ago after getting the idea from their hometown of Erevan, Armenia. According to David, people there like the traditional Turkish dish, so they thought they might in Sochi as well.
“It’s not necessarily for the Olympics, although the timing worked out,” said David. “We hope to stay open after the Games.”
While working at the schawarma shop, David is also studying to be a lawyer at the Russian University of People’s Friendship. He says it’s not hard to balance both work and a serious major. For him, it’s all about focus.
“The most important thing is not to concentrate on one thing. You have to allocate time properly and spend the proper amount of time on both,” David said.
But his debating skills were not what he wanted to talk about. Instead, he was more interested in sharing the steps for making the sandwich.
How to make Shawarma
- Marinate the meat (pork or chicken) overnight (eight hours total) in the head chef’s special secret recipe sauce.
- First thing in the morning, put the meat on a stick, cutting it down the middle.
- The stick turns and cooks the meat from the outside in. While the meat is cooking, the chef warms up a tortilla. He then cuts the meat from the outside in as it cooks through.
- Load the pita with whatever the customer wants. The restaurant has the options of cilantro, tomatoes, cucumbers, Korean carrots and marinated lettuces.
- Wrap the insides up and serve to the customer with fries.
BSU at the Games is a freelance news agency operated by 22 student journalists reporting from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games through an immersive-learning program at Ball State University.