Turn south on Westwood Boulevard from Wilshire, and suddenly you're in the heart of LA's Iranian commercial area (nicknamed Tehrangeles), with its abundance of Persian grocery stores, cafés and restaurants like Shaherzad. Pick up meats and spices for making your own backyard-barbecue kebab, and don't forget the basmati rice and sticky-sweet Persian pastries.
Neighboring Beverly Hills is also home to many Persians. Fill up on fesenjan, a rich walnut and pomegranate stew topped with tender chicken and saffron-tinged basmati at Ruby Room on Wilshire or finish up with Persian rosewater or pistachio ice cream at Aram Restaurant. But our favorite pistachio ice cream with saffron rosewater can be found at Mashti Malone's Ice Cream on La Brea Avenue.