I have always loved Middle Eastern markets. No matter where they are situated, there seems to be an exotic feel, sometimes even a subtle tension as various citizenry from the Middle East eye each other up and down the aisles wondering, "friend or foe"?
The INTERNATIONAL FOOD Bazaar in San Jose is among the best. Small and cramped it is stacked high with specialties from throughout the region. The wet olive bar and feta cheese tubs are alone worth the visit. Today I bought 2 lbs of persian cucumbers, each the size of a cigar, eaten with its thin skin on.
In addition I found "Krinos" brand taramosalata, Sabra Salad brand hummus (the best brand hands down), whitefish salad, babaganooish and turkish salad.
They sell frozen precooked felafel which is fabulous--2-3minutes in the microwave and I swear I am in the sook in Old Jerusalem.
Israeli pickles, impossibly salty but so distinctive and generous in flavor tucked inside a Golden Bakery pan pita the size of an urban sombrero with Valbreso french feta and hummus, tomato and cucumber are a flavor chorus singing the song of the fruits of the earth. The foods of the Middle East are harmonius with her culture, weather, history and temperment....beautifully unadultured, unprocessed and unpretensious...Perhaps by the example of the region's food, her people will find some semblence of balance and peaceful harmony....
INTERNATIONAL FOOD BAZAAR 2052 CURTNER AVE.
SAN JOSE ,CA
Phone (s) 408-559-3397