Turn south on Westwood Boulevard from Wilshire, and suddenly you're in the heart of L.A.'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 kebabs, and don't forget the basmati rice and sticky-sweet Persian pastries. Neighboring Beverly Hills is also home to many Persians. Fill up on fesenjun, 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 on 1525 N. La Brea Ave.
PERSIAN FLAVOR The New Persian Kitchen
Louisa Shafia draws on her Iranian heritage to create modern Persian dishes that blend Old World Persian cuisine with contemporary farm-to-table cooking. The 75 recipes combine time-honored ingredients like pomegranates and pistachios with non-traditional foods such as amaranth and quinoa.