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May 21, 2013

Anatolian Grand Bazaar Opens

Don't feel like cooking tonight or packing lunch tomorrow? Nazan Bozkurt will take care of you. She and son Efe Çimrin opened the doors to their Turkish food store, Anatolian Grand Bazaar, on Monday, though Çimrin is just calling it a soft opening for now.

IMG_5657Today, the airy, all-white shop at Burlington's 163 Pearl Street was filled with just a portion of what's to come, said Çimrin.

That includes a sampling of his mother's hazelnut-filled Turkish delight, coated in coconut instead of powdered sugar for a far more grown-up, almost chocolaty version of the usually sticky-sweet dessert.

And, like any good mother, Bozkurt is cooking for her customers' health. Her wide variety of packaged meal kits are filled with mixed vegetarian and vegan Turkish appetizers.

The aptly named "The Turkish Mom" is packed with falafel, gorgeously green pistachio-based hummus, spinach borek, feta-filled sigara borek and a stuffed cabbage dish called sarma.

Healthy bags of soups and stews also fill the case, but you may want to look to its right. That's where Bozkurt's baklava is kept. It's sold in a variety of different sizes and flavors, including her legendary pistachio version. Just be sure to eat your veggies first.

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