It was Purim - the annual Jewish commemoration of the story of Esther and Haman... and I was cravy poppy seed-filled hamantaschen. Ready about and get the recipe for these edible geometric pastries on my blog.
Zatar spice mix in a bin at the amazing Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. There are several types of zatar, but this one is mostly thyme and sesame seeds. Folks all over the Middle East sprinkle it on all kinds of food.