1 Kalustyan's is located at 123 Lexington Avenue in the 'Curry Hill' section of Manhattan.
2 The shelves that line the long aisles are filled with the most fascinating ingredients from all around the world.
3 This is Aziz Osmani, one of the owners.
4 And Sayedul Alam, another owner
5 In the spice section, you'll find more than 150 different spices and more than 300 unique spice blends.
6 Nigel Chaudhury is the very knowledgeable herb specialist at Kalustyan's.
7 There are dried fruits and bulk chocolates.
8 And all sorts of nuts and seeds
9 Many types of almonds and cashews
10 If you need rice, Kalustyan's has 4-dozen varieties to choose from.
11 Sri Lankan Red Rice has a rich, earthy flavor.
12 Black Japonica has a nutty mushroom flavor.
13 Rosematta rice from South India is robust and earthy.
14 French Red Rice is from Camargue, a southeastern region in France.
15 Forbidden Rice was once considered the Emperor's rice and it was forbidden for anyone else to eat it.
16 Bamboo Rice is short grain white rice infused with pure fresh bamboo juice.
17 There are many types of couscous.
18 And all sorts of flour and polenta
19 A great assortment of canned fruits and jellies
20 And many types of seasoned cooking sauces
21 And a very large selection of dried chilies
22 Kalustyan's has their own line of fabulous chutneys and pickles.
23 Their homemade recipes are packed with exotic flavors and are very authentic.
24 The also have fresh produce to complete a recipe.
25 You can find fruit purées in the freezer.
26 Oils galore!
27 Many kinds of fruit and nut syrups
28 And bitters, too
29 Preserved lemon, an important ingredient in Moroccan cuisine, is a popular item.
30 Lebne, a rich yogurt and taramasalata, a spread made from fish roe
31 A selection of Middle Eastern cheeses
32 And all types of flat breads
33 There's even a photo of me taken on a previous visit!
34 Emeril shops here, too!
35 And so does Jamie Oliver!
36 Upstairs, you'll find Arpiar Afarian, who has been preparing Middle Eastern food at Kalustyan's for more than 30 years.
37 Arpiar's food counter is a popular place to eat a quick and deliciously authentic meal
38 The foods have bold flavors.
39 Savory moujaddara is made with lentils, cracked wheat, and fried onion.
40 A smoky bean dish made with Middle Eastern sausage
41 And, of course, stuffed grape leaves
42 A beautiful assortment of imported olives
43 A lunch plate
44 With a side of humus, labne, and baba ganoush
45 Assorted pickles and olives
46 And a confection of halva, a tahini (sesame) based pistachio dessert