For anyone living in my town, if you have not been into Parisa, the international grocery store yet, give it a whirl. I've lived here for HOW many years, and today was the first day I ever shopped there. I have a friend who raves, and so I took the plunge.
The item I was specifically after was a big can of stuffed grape leaves (Dolmades, I think they are called). They are delish, and lenten, and sit there in the fridge waiting to be grabbed and eaten.
We also came away with some falafel mix, some stuff to make curried lentils, and a jar of red currant jelly.
I was intrigued by the dried lemons. What would one use those for? I can imagine throwing one into a soup for flavor. Or rice as it cooks. Does anyone from the middle east know? Perhaps next time I will try some out.
It was fun to go in there, and browse the aisles and find intriguing culinary treasures.
Whenever I go to an international market, I always come away with the notion that food and eating in the USA is somehow out of balance. But that's not a new thought, is it?