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Jul 19, 2007 04:23 AM

Seeking Za'atar in Brookline

Whole Foods tells me they don't have it. Neither does Bazaar International right now. Any suggestions?

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  1. Take a ride to Watertown or Roslindale to any of the middle eastern markets.
    Shaws used to carry a decent version, but I don't think they do ay more.

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    1. re: trufflehound

      My new go-to place is Bay Sweets in West Roxbury; they had a number of varieties in different sizes when I was last there...I love it with some olive oil on pita...

    2. Can you bop over to Watertown and hit the Armenian markets? There is also a Turkish market right across from Super 88 in Allston.

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      1. re: Gin and It

        I think the Butcherie on Harvard St. carries an Israeli za'atar mix. "King" brand.

        1. re: poho

          Thanks to all. The Butcherie just confirmed that they have it. Next question: what would we do without Chowhound?

      2. Some more options in case others are also looking: Oleana has a house-mixed version that you can buy either at the restaurant, or at the various Farmers Markets around Boston where Siena Farms has a stand (Copley and...?). Penzey's (Arlington or mail order) also has a very nice version that I run through like nobody's business.

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        1. re: litchick

          Penzey's in Arlington had it last time I was there. Or you can make your own, as Penzey's usually has the sumac available there to make your own. Ask if you don't see it out - they might have it in back (which is where I got dried lavender from about a year ago - they didn't have it out but I asked and they brought me a jar).

          I've made my own from Chef Ana Sortun's Spices cookbook (I think that's where I got it from). Or Google a recipe.

          1. Bob's Pita Bakery in Roslindale Village makes excellent zataar- but they don't always have it so call first.

            1. I have bought some at Sevan Bakery in Watertown.