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Sunnyvale Market & Deli, Middle Eastern Market in Walnut Creek

pane Oct 10, 2011 02:08 PM

I wandered into Sunnyvale Market & Deli in Walnut Creek, and was impressed by the array of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean goods for sale. The clean, well organized shop, just off of North Main, has a small butcher counter, produce section, and baked goods rack, as well as several aisles of dry goods and freezer cases.

Some highlights:
- Nice freezer section with many frozen vegetables, frozen sour cherries, and a few prepared goods
- Tons of tea and many types of cookies that you'd recognize if you've been on a long-haul bus ride across Turkey's scenic highways
- An ice cream section with walnut and rosewater flavored ice creams and ice cream sandwiches
- Small butcher's case with 3-4 types of veal
- Dried goods section with carrot jam, some British goods, lots of canned vegetables
- Small cheese section with sheep and goat cheeses and some dried salami-type meats
- Cold case with two types of dates and several containers of refrigerated barberries

Many goods come from Southern California, especially in the bakery section. I walked away with Turkish tea, fresh dates ($6.99/lb), dried mulberries ($3.99 for 5 oz bag), and Iran's version of a fruit roll-up--a dried sheet of pulverized barberry ($2.99).

I read on Yelp that they used to sell and cook kebabs right outside the store, but perhaps only on weekends. Didn't see any evidence when I was there today.