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Post Patriot's Day Foodie Focus on Watertown

I would like to especially focus my foodie shopping interests on Watertown over the next few weeks in order to show my support for our neighbors there and to help businesses recover from any sales they lost due to last week's (especially last Friday's) events. I want to use "Jerusalem" (a relatively new cookbook) to help guide my shopping focus. On my radar are Arax (a favorite of mine anyway), Sevan Bakery, and Massis. Also, as part of a search for barberries, I plan to visit Super Heroes for the first time. (It is supposed to be a great place for Iranian groceries.) I also know about Tabrizi Bakery and might stop there if Super Heroes does not have what I need.

Any other suggestions for great foodie resources (shops, not restaurants) in Watertown? (Russo's is a given.)

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  1. Re: Jerusalem, Sevan has barberries and date molasses.

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    1. re: beetlebug

      Thanks, Beetlebug. Not having looked for barberries before, I didn't know that.

      When I think about Sevan, the first thing that comes to mind is the wonderful array of self-serve nuts and dried fruits, followed by the excellent reasonably priced Lebanese olive oil in medium-sized jugs. I will have to take another look!

      1. re: PinchOfSalt

        FYI, Jerusalem was the Cookbook of the Month (COTM) for January 2013. There was a lengthy discussion somewhere as to where to find barberries and subs if you couldn't access it. Date syrup is a new favorite of mine. Here is the link to the mother thread.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8829...

        Some of my favorites include the hummus with lamb, the cover recipe (ground lamb with tomatoes and eggs), and the butternut squash puree.

        At Sevan, I also love that self serve nut area. I also buy my favorite tahini there.

        1. re: beetlebug

          Thanks for suggesting Sevan. I went there this afternoon, and as you said, they have date molasses and barberries. You have to ask the person behind the counter for the barberries. They are not out with the other packages of dried fruit. Of course I picked up a bunch of other very yummy things, including some raw shelled pistachios, a package of large-sized couscous that I saw called for in one intriguing recipe, and a fresh supply of sumac and aleppo pepper.

          What is your favorite tahini brand?

          Finally, thanks for the pointer to the COTM thread. I know there is a cookbook of the month activity here on Chowhound but never get involved. It is so popular. I know I would not be able to keep up with the conversation. However it is a great resource to be able to check afterwards. There were a lot of posts about ingredients people were trying to find. Reading them before shopping was very helpful.

          1. re: PinchOfSalt

            I got some amazing tahini at Arax awhile back, recommended by the lady at the register -- different animal altogether from the supermarket stuff. It's called Tunas Aleppo Brand.

            1. re: GretchenS

              That's the same kind I love! And, according to the Sevan people, tahini doesn't have to be refrigerated. It's so much easier to work with when it's at room temperature.

      1. re: Science Chick

        The house-made corn nuts are awesome and clock in about 1/3 less than the WF version.

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          We have a Watertown based friend who gives us Fastachi nuts every Christmas, and they are some of the best nuts I've ever had. I like how you can customize your mix as well.

      2. Patronize Nick the butcher at the back of the Coolidge convenience store, across the street from the diner. Good guy, good meat.

        There's also that other fruit/veg market close to Nichols St. - cant think of the name at the moment - I like Arax but its worth poking your head in.

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        1. I think this was posted somewhere else but the neighborhood kitchen show on pbs is covern Sevan's market this weekend.

          http://www.wgbh.org/articles/Neighbor...

          1. Getting things to go is also something to think about. The Charles river in Watertown is a great place to sit and have a coffee and whatever.

            1. I like Eastern Lamejun--they make my favorite hummus (mine is just never as good), have terrific spices, tahini-I like "Sittoo's"-will have to try the one downpost, delicious stuffed baby-eggplants and plenty more.

              Fordees, for felafel to rival my own dear, aptly-named Felafel King in Quincy.