Hello my friends. Lilly thanks you for the kind comments you left for her. It's been a nice week here. My husband took me out to lunch this week at my favorite Persian restaurant which happens to be on top of my favorite Persian market.
This is a view of the market from the landing of the restaurant. We discovered this wonderful venue when we first visited our daughter in California 10 years ago.
After our lunch, we did a little grocery shopping. They had this beautiful Haft-Seen table set up for Nayrouz (Persian New Year). There are seven symbolic items on this table that are attached to the new year celebration.
Next up is this wonderful, freshly made Sangak bread made in this special oven seen behind...warm and tasty!
We basically buy all our food items at the Persian markets. Yes, that's plural and there are lots of them down here in SoCal. I love the meat counter where there are actual butchers who can prepare your meat to your liking.
Next up is the in house bakery. I sometimes buy these goodies as they are so yummy.
Right now they have lots of already made goodies brought in for Nayrouz. These cookies are made in Iran.
I haven't bought any of these yet but I may just have to!
They're known for they fresh, crispy Persian cucumbers. They were on sale this week at .79 cents a pound. My little granddaughter loves these.
Their produce is always fresh and the prices can't be beat. I think because maybe they cut out the middleman. I don't know but most items are priced at .50 cents a pound with parsley and or cilantro at 4/$1.00. I used to pay $1.00 for a few wilted sprigs of parsley!
Here is the fruit section. I bought some Cara Cara oranges; they are pink inside and so delicious.
Most everyone loves bananas at .59 cents a pound.
The Persians are known for their love of spices. Their food is so flavorful with the addition of spices and wonderful fruits sometimes added. The prices for their spices are super inexpensive since they repackage them themselves.
I think I've become a bit of a rice snob. Sorry, but there are so many delicious varieties out there. Right now my favorite is a sella bastmati rice which is a parboiled rice which I buy in ten pound packages. Sella rice has been milled differently and results in a unique texture.
I always enjoy looking at the home decor section. This time they have added these Nayrouz candles for decoration.
And, they had these special flowers brought in for Nayrouz. The scent was heavenly.
I love my Persian markets where I basically do all my shopping unless it's cleaning supplies, cat food, etc. Then I go to my local Walmart grocery store (yes, it's only a Walmart grocery and it's not my favorite but for basic staples, it's great). Oh, and I can't forget Costco (big, huge warehouse store), which is a world unto itself!
From reading lots of blogs, I find it interesting where people shop. Some of my UK blog friends have described their favorite grocery stores. When I lived in Washington, we had Safeway (it's Vons and Pavillions down here in California), Kroger (Ralph's here), and Albertsons to name a few. But, my oh my, are their prices expensive on fruits and vegies compared to my Persian market. But, when I do go shopping, I enjoy a bit of ambience if you know what I mean. The other day I went to Smart and Final to pick up a couple of items they had on sale. Oh boy, was it ever an unpleasant experience. I felt like I was in a warehouse. And, to top it off, the clerk told me the sale prices are different in every store! Alas, I didn't get such a great bargain after all :(
Back in Tacoma, Washington, we had a Metropolitan Market. It was like a French market meets a NY eatery/bistro. It was so much fun to have lunch there and try all the exotic and imported foods they carried. Every Wednesday, they would get fresh bread flown in from Poilane Bakery in France. I miss those days but I have good memories. There's a Whole Foods a few miles from where I live but I seldom get over to that part of my area (I can't say city since you'll being driving along, cross over a street and you'll find yourself in another city!)
It's suppose to be a quiet weekend around here with some rain showers. I hope wherever you are, that you are safe and have a wonderful weekend.
With my best wishes,