A twilight visit to the Mash Hassan Bakery and Market in Sterling, VA yielded a bright selection of Persian treats, including seeded flat breads, nuts and dried fruits, cheeses, hard to find dried herbs, preserves, saffron ice cream, unique spice blends, and more in a brightly lit, friendly shop decorated with romantic images of serene, dark-eyed women--a Sufi influence, perhaps?
Saffron rock candy:
And varieties of ghee:
Look for the wonderful whole wheat and sesame bread by the cash register, right next to the fresh pistachios:
I came home with many things, including bright, fresh mint:
And dried apricot in a thick sheet:
Plus many of these pastries:
Today's bento with maple-Dijon chicken, with tarragon, mint, grapes,cheese, and bread from the market: