Iran Up Close: My Iran Travel Diary, Part 1

by Louisa on September 18, 2014

Image A tea vendor in the Tabriz bazaar


My Persian Street Food pop-up started this week! It was a blast to feed people some of the wonderful dishes I tasted in Iran. All the info about the pop-up is here. Now that the pop-up is up and running, look for my Iran travelogue over the next few months, running concurrently with the dinners at Porsena. Read about the food, and come taste it at Porsena. The photo above is of a tea vendor in the Tabriz bazaar. Oh we sure do love our tea in Iran!

So, I want to tell you the story of my arrival in Iran. I was inspired to write about it by my friend Shaida Ehlert, who posted this detailed and funny account of receiving her Iranian passport at the daftar office in DC. For the many people who have read my post about acquiring my Iranian passport, and asked me questions about the process, please visit Shaida’s website. Her post is a wonderful resource for all of us trying to get to the motherland. Congrats Shaida on getting your passport! And now, my story… [click to continue…]

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Lakh Lakh: Iranian Street Food Pop-Up at Porsena

by Louisa on September 7, 2014

DSCN0334I’m thrilled to announce that I’m starting a weekly Monday night pop-up dinner featuring Iranian street food and home cooking. The dinners are based on the food I tasted during my month of traveling in Iran. The guy above is selling crisp and juicy green almonds in the shell at Tabriz Bazaar, you eat them with a pinch of salt – khoshmazas! Delicious!

Here are all the details:

Lakh Lakh: Persian Street Food Pop-up

Mondays 5:30-10 pm, through fall 2014, beginning September 15

Porsena Extra Bar, 21 E 7th St (btw 2ndand 3rd Aves), NY 10003

For reservations, call Porsena at (212) 228-4923

My pop-up dinner series, Lakh Lakh, is named after a famous rice dish from the Persian Gulf region, made with tamarind, fish, and hot chiles. It’s delicious, and unlike any of the Iranian food I’ve tasted in the US. The idea behind the pop-up is to give people a taste of Iranian regional cooking, like lakh lakh and other dishes, most of which can’t be found here.

The menu will feature small plates between $5-$7, and will update continuously throughout the fall. Below is the menu for September 15, the first Monday of the pop-up. I look forward to seeing you there!

Menu (all items $5-$7)

  • Sambuseh, crispy phyllo triangles stuffed with vegetables and lentils, with spicy relish, nigella seeds
  • Aloo mosama, chicken cooked with apricots and salty plums
  • Gondy, aka “Persian matzo balls,” made from ground chicken and chickpea flour, in chicken broth with dried limes
  • Kufteh Tabrizi, Tabriz-style lamb meatballs stuffed with caramelized onions, prunes, walnuts
  • Lakh Lakh Polo, tamarind rice with fish, chiles, coriander
  • Kebab-e Torsh, lamb kebabs in sour pomegranate walnut marinade
  • Mast-o khiar cucumber yogurt, and sabzi khordan herb and cheese plate
Image 1 Fresh rose petals for sale at the Qazvin bazaar



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