Taste the world at these international specialty markets.
At The Pure Pasty Co. in Vienna, discover Cornish pastries, fresh and frozen, with all kinds of fillings. The traditional beef is a best seller, but consider trying the chicken masala, vegetarian samosa or the cheese and onion, which won gold at the 2018 World Pasta Championship in Cornwall. In the market, you’ll find British sausages, blood sausages, digestives, dry goods and treats prepared by Pure Pasty’s English-born owner, Mike Burgess. PurePasty.com
The Baku Delicious Market and Cafe in Fairfax specializes in Azeri cuisine – from Azerbaijan – as well as Turkish and Russian groceries. Hot dishes, including samsas, a Central Asian street food favorite, are prepared on-site. Also look for levengi, a baked fish or chicken stuffed with nuts, onions and a variety of condiments, a national dish of Azerbaijan. Facebook: @bakudelicious
K Market International, an Asian food supermarket in Annandale, is filling a revamped K-Mart – it’s so big. Ramen from Taiwan, Japan, China, and Korea fill two aisles, and the selections of frozen foods and household items are vast. The fishmongers are there to debone and fillet the fresh fish. And don’t miss the food court, where vendors serve soups, street food, sushi and more. KMarketUSA.com
Sultan Gourmet Market brings Turkish delights to Fairfax, with a healthy mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delicacies and freshly prepared foods. In the bakery, taste pogacha, a stuffed bread baked in ashes and finished in the oven; simit, a round Turkish bagel topped with sesame seeds; and fresh cookies, which are baked daily. Facebook: @sultaingourmetmarket
India AI Grocery in Arlington stocks whole and ground Indian spices, fresh produce, and everything you need to create authentic Indian dishes. Or order from their Minerva Express restaurant where the samosas, curries, biryanis and palak paneer, a spinach and cheese dish, are sublime. IndiaA1Minerva.com
German Gourmet in Falls Church offers a wide selection of imported groceries, beers, wines, sausages, meats and cheeses. Try the Deutscher Sub, Alpine Cheese Melt or Frikadellen, a European burger of seasoned ground beef, pork and onions served on a brioche bun. For parties or gatherings, order a charcuterie platter with German charcuterie, European cheeses and a selection of bratwursts. GermanGourmet.com