Killer ?Persian? Bakery in Vienna
I'm sorry I don't know the right name or location of this place. When I go back, I'll get there information. It's between Church and 123, near the tourist shops (on Church) and the Vienna Bicycle shop. My mom and I were early for our class at Star's Beads and went looking for munchies.
We saw a sign that said Bakery so we went in. It's part small "Persian" grocery/ part small bakery. The ladies behind the counter were so nice, making us try before we bought anything. Mom came away with some sort of pistachio muffin, I on the other hand had honey overload (no complaints mind you). 3 raisin cookies that tasted like they were made with condensed milk, sweet and milky. A honey pretezel like thing that she insisted I take (it was SO good), and to taste, a honey ball puff that made my eyes cross. All this and two lemonades for barely more than 3 dollars.
I promise to get better info next visit, unless someone here knows where I'm talking about.
P.S. I saw Persian in quotes because another customer there spoke with us and said Persian sweets were the best.
P.P.S In the case with the nummies, were 3 bowls that looked like they were made with rock candy and something else added for decoration. Any idea what they were for? I forgot to ask.
You are refering to the Persian market located next door to Bread and Kabob [also Persian] near Tuesday Morning and La Provence. I am a big fan of this shop, especially because it fits such a large quantity of delicious food in a small space. They indeed have a variety of things from bhaklava to typical groceries. If you get a chance, purchase pistachios and almonds there. Far better than anything offered in the area.
If you are in the mood for some real delicacies, hit Samadi Sweets Cafe on Route 7 towards Skyline. Though they change owners pretty regularly, their pastries are the finest.
That's the place!!! I think I walked around the store 3 or 4 times before I finally gave up trying to make a decision. I saw the nuts and it didn't even cross my mind that they would probably be better. I will next time though.
I have added Samadi Sweets Cafe to my Chowhound hit list. Thanks!
If I recall, you are in Columbia. There's a Persian store called Sizar Grocery (6955 Oakland Mills Rd # A)
that's supposed to be good. I still haven't tried it yet.
Yasaman on Rockville Pike behind Marlo is also top notch, and they carry that yellow persian ice cream most hate but I like.
I've past Sizar's several times but not gone in. I guess I'll make a stop by tomorrow and report back.
I went to Yasaman's this weekend from a recommendation by a good friend (she needed Orange Flower water which is how she found it). Totally intoxicating aromas, and after a dizzying walkthrough, only came out with a big bag of couscous and an interesting tasting Turkish soda (lemon-lime and something else). The soda was a little too bitter for me but still interesting. I wanted to pick up some of the feta but wasn't going home right away.