Growing up my dad would frequent an Iranian owned market called Arash. And I'm pretty sure he keeps up the same tradition today. I can tell you about many a time when my dad would come home with an armful of relatively unheard of and almost completely rotten bags of fruit that he'd picked up at Arash for a dollar each. He'd have figs, gooseberries, huckleberries, loquats, kumquats, mayhaws, paw-paws, saskatoons, chayote and all sorts of other odd looking and odd tasting fruits and vegetables. Well on my way home one day i decided to stop in at Carl's Super Saver Store, and lo and behold its Ogden's version of the Iranian legend.
I got a tub of yogurt for fifty cents and 20 whole wheat tortillas for a dollar. Giant artichokes for twenty-five cents, huge ripe tomatoes for ten cents and tomatillos 20 for a dollar. A large bag of fresh baby spinach for sixty-nine cents. And carts packed full of 5 cent wonders. I stocked my basket so full with various wonders and new discoveries and it was getting quite heavy. And when i got to the register it all totaled up under 9 dollars. And the spirit of Arash was alive in me.
Sorry Dad, but i didn't find any lavash or doogh .... but maybe next time around. Happy Fathers Day to all.