During the past decade, Paterson's "Little Arabia" neighborhood has continued to expand, and on any given day, you can follow the scents of Middle Eastern delicacies -- briny feta, peppery lamb kebabs, pastries infused with orange blossom water -- as you walk along upper Main Street. There are so many street vendors, restaurants, markets and bakeries within about a dozen square blocks, it's like eating your way through outdoor street markets in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt or Turkey.
In October, local businessman Turgay Ugur Ayduk opened Istanbul Food Bazaar a few blocks away from the crowds in nearby Clifton, and my friend Jan discovered it while driving by. We went back for a visit, and this has become my go-to store for all things Turkish. As is common in ethnic markets, the prices are low, quality is high and made-from-scratch with no additives is a given.