One of my favorite things about traveling the globe as a foreign correspondent was exploring the markets and outdoor bazaars. So when I moved back to Washington last year, I was curious about the many ethnic markets that populate the strip malls of Washington’s immigrant-filled suburbs. I was happy to find dozens of markets that help reinforce a community’s culture. Favorite foods and products survive generations, a visceral legacy of home, even for young hyphenated Americans who might not speak their parents’ languages.
Read my take on some local markets to visit — spots that will make a trip to a strip mall in Centreville feel like a visit to a souq in Syria or a market in Madras. Then test your knowledge of the area’s markets with this eight-question quiz. Do you know where to shop to find these ingredients?