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Norooz poster in “Vestvood” a.k.a. Tehrangeles. (Iranians pronounce “W” with a “V” sound). This photo is compliments of my dad who lives in L.A. It makes me miss that California sunshine and the strip with all of the Iranian businesses. The kebab at Shamshiri or the Persian poetry books at Ketabsara.  #westwood #CA #persians #iranians #norooz

Norooz poster in “Vestvood” a.k.a. Tehrangeles. (Iranians pronounce “W” with a “V” sound). This photo is compliments of my dad who lives in L.A. It makes me miss that California sunshine and the strip with all of the Iranian businesses. The kebab at Shamshiri or the Persian poetry books at Ketabsara.  #westwood #CA #persians #iranians #norooz

01:44 pm, by afzalsplanet3 notes



It’s my last day on the west coast, and a shot of my Iranian evil eye ring on an old Mexican blanket sums up how I feel about coming back to Tehrangeles. Full of comfort and nostalgia for the days when I was younger and more naive. Now my cousin, who is like an older brother to me has an adorable 3-month old baby boy. The man who gave me noogies is now a father. Things change, but also things stay the same. 
Los Angeles is full of Iranians that are longing to recreate what they left behind in Iran. Food is the easiest way to channel this longing for the past. Grocery stores here sell Akbar Mashti ice cream and even bake fresh noon sangak and barbari, Iranian breads. I went to a community in Orange County, where at sunset men sat around smoking hookah outside. Traditions like this travel well. The reality is it’s not the same as someone’s homeland. 

It’s my last day on the west coast, and a shot of my Iranian evil eye ring on an old Mexican blanket sums up how I feel about coming back to Tehrangeles. Full of comfort and nostalgia for the days when I was younger and more naive. Now my cousin, who is like an older brother to me has an adorable 3-month old baby boy. The man who gave me noogies is now a father. Things change, but also things stay the same. 


Los Angeles is full of Iranians that are longing to recreate what they left behind in Iran. Food is the easiest way to channel this longing for the past. Grocery stores here sell Akbar Mashti ice cream and even bake fresh noon sangak and barbari, Iranian breads. I went to a community in Orange County, where at sunset men sat around smoking hookah outside. Traditions like this travel well. The reality is it’s not the same as someone’s homeland. 

01:05 pm, by afzalsplanet1 note



Cruising on a Harely Davidson along the Pacific Ocean is a 360 degree difference from the every day grimy subway commute in NYC. SoCal is motorcycle and car land, and without one you are stranded. When you are driving on the open road, epic mountains frame the ocean and you feel calm being surrounded by natural beauty. California landscapes just don’t compare to anywhere else in the country.

Cruising on a Harely Davidson along the Pacific Ocean is a 360 degree difference from the every day grimy subway commute in NYC. SoCal is motorcycle and car land, and without one you are stranded. When you are driving on the open road, epic mountains frame the ocean and you feel calm being surrounded by natural beauty. California landscapes just don’t compare to anywhere else in the country.

04:09 pm, by afzalsplanet1 note



This is what Iranian breakfast looks like with my dad, who lives in Los Angeles. After not seeing him for over a year, our morning ritual of pita bread and feta, cucumber, avocado, tomato, and walnuts served with Persian cardamom tea felt blissfully the same. 

This is what Iranian breakfast looks like with my dad, who lives in Los Angeles. After not seeing him for over a year, our morning ritual of pita bread and feta, cucumber, avocado, tomato, and walnuts served with Persian cardamom tea felt blissfully the same. 

01:26 pm, by afzalsplanet8 notes



The magnificent Pacific Ocean during sunset in Santa Barbara, CA (Taken with Instagram)

The magnificent Pacific Ocean during sunset in Santa Barbara, CA (Taken with Instagram)

12:53 pm, by afzalsplanet3 notes



Santa Barbara is a paradise  (Taken with Instagram at Santa Barbara, CA) I can’t believe I used to live here! Back to Boston reality shortly.

Santa Barbara is a paradise (Taken with Instagram at Santa Barbara, CA) I can’t believe I used to live here! Back to Boston reality shortly.

06:27 pm, by afzalsplanet9 notes



Delicious Persian food at Raffi’s #kabab  (Taken with Instagram at Glendale, CA) Pictured is saffron rice with kabab koobideh and barg, barbequed tomato and green pepper, and salad shirazi. Raffi’s Place Restaurant always delivers superb quality kabab.

Delicious Persian food at Raffi’s #kabab (Taken with Instagram at Glendale, CA) Pictured is saffron rice with kabab koobideh and barg, barbequed tomato and green pepper, and salad shirazi. Raffi’s Place Restaurant always delivers superb quality kabab.

07:34 pm, by afzalsplanet62 notes



Sweet ride #venice #california  (Taken with instagram) Volkswagen buses and Volvo station wagons are the cars that I associate with California. You just don’t see these rides as much in Boston.

Sweet ride #venice #california (Taken with instagram) Volkswagen buses and Volvo station wagons are the cars that I associate with California. You just don’t see these rides as much in Boston.

04:25 pm, by afzalsplanet3 notes



There’s nothing like the billboards of L.A. The Beatles are thrown on modern streets and iTunes all at once.

There’s nothing like the billboards of L.A. The Beatles are thrown on modern streets and iTunes all at once.

11:50 am, by afzalsplanet2 notes

"Jobs Not War." The graffiti on Melrose Ave. gives the L.A. shopping district its edginess. Numerous boutiques, vintage stores (American Vintage being the best!), and modern furniture shops can be found on Melrose, as well as Fairfax High School. Imagine going to high school in the middle of the hippest shopping area in L.A. It was no wonder that the highschoolers were fashionistas.

I remember liking Melrose a lot at 5 years old, I guess I haven’t changed.

11:39 am, by afzalsplanet1 note