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Best Middle Eastern Treats 


With shelves of Middle Eastern groceries and deli cases full of hummus, baba ghanoush, tabouleh, kotlet, spanakopita, and tah-cheen, it's easy to pass over the selection of sweets that Zand's has to offer. However, doing so would be a huge mistake. Baklava made in the store is the most obvious stop on the Middle Eastern sweet train, and you could easily overindulge your sweet tooth with the different varieties they have on hand. Almonds, pistachios, and cardamom all take turns in the spotlight with flaky phyllo and indulgent honey. Prepackaged treats run between $8 and $10 each and include sohan (almond brittle) and different mashups of pistachios, almonds, marzipan, and rose water. The true prize is when you can grab a tray of bamieh or zolbia before they sell out. Fluffy pillows of fried dough, bamieh are completely soaked through with sticky honey and aromatic rose water; super sweet, a few go a long way ... even though you'll have trouble stopping after the first few morsels.
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