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Dec 15, 2008 09:06 PM

Persian/ Middle Eastern grocers that sell nougat, candied orange peel, dried fruit, etc.

I have a couple of holiday recipes and cravings that call for candied orange peel, other dried fruit and a hankering for pistachio nougat. Can I satisfy all these wants in one shopping trip or general vicinity?

Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. There are several:

    Assal Market in Vienna, VA

    Yas Market in Vienna, VA

    Lebanese Butcher in Falls Church/Annandale, VA

    There is also a wonderful strip mall in Bailey's Crossroads on S George Mason Drive (right behind Skyline) that is chock a block full of Middle Eastern stores, cafes, and the like. You're sure to find what you need there. Be warned that parking is a nightmare.


    Cocinero Cubano

    1. Also Mediterranean Bakery on South Pickett St. in Alexandria, and Aphrodite in Baileys Crossroads, a door or two down from Rabieng. I can't compare to Yas or Assal, but both of them have a better selection than Lebanese Butcher of the ingredients you seek. (Lebanese Butcher, on the other hand, has wonderful meats.)

      1. In Rockville, there is Sam's Market at Ritchie Center ( Rockville Pike & Wooton Pkwy) and Yekta Grocery (on Rockville Pike, across from Congressional Plaza).

        Yekta Deli Imported Grocery
        1488 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

        Sam Cafe & Market
        765 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

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        1. re: DCDeb

          I also strongly recommend Yekta. I've only visited once, but it was worth the haul up from Arlington. Swell place, with a great location. Good food at the restaurant next door.

          Cocinero Cubano

        2. If you're on the Howard County / PG County side, check out Sizar's in Columbia. This is the Middle Eastern grocery in Columbia that is moving to Elkridge at the end of December. The number is 410-381-4375.

          This is about their nougat: