Last week (when the western media claimed things were so crazy in Iran) Mohsen and I visited with some shop and restaurant owners for several reasons: one, of course, to give them business (an economy does not thrive w/o supporting local businesses); secondly, to ask them how business was actually going; next, to talk about economic issues, mainly the rise of food prices in Iran (price of eggs spiked and some meats, imported goods are naturally higher).
Photo: “Lebanese Nights” on #NaharKhoran strip, (we just learned it had a name change; will post later)
Since many people living outside of Iran seem to think all food prices have drastically risen–big exaggeration–we wanted to set a few things straight by visiting a few businesses and chatting with locals to see what they thought. While at home, living and buying foods in Iran, we have not noticed but a few things getting more expensive; as mentioned before just eggs and meat, in particular, sheep. Although we have not felt the impact, it did not mean that others have not. So my husband and I set out to get opinions from every day, non-wealthy–as in “Rich Kids of Iran” wealthy–Iranians. Basically, we wanted to know if these things impacted their businesses; while none seemed affected or concerned, many agreed that food prices, at least for their businesses: flour, chicken, veggies, fruits, lentils, rice, dairy and other products remained balanced and fair–eggs and some meats were the exceptions. Meat value has risen: namely due to imported feed required to sustain the populations demand of red meats. Regardless of some places having to raise prices of certain dishes, the shops we visited had a steady flow of daily business…
Photo: Middle Eastern gourmet stuffed bread with meat, cheese, and vegetables that can feed an entire family for $8usd
When we asked if they had opinions on the protests–media claimed they were angry over rising prices–most people said they were too busy working to know or have any information on the protests; they only saw that Western media was lying and encouraging violent behavior… A few we spoke with said all kinds of protests even pro-government demonstrations are routine for Iranians. None, however, liked or agreed with violent results that stemmed from foreign meddling.
Photo: Mohsen conversing with two young employees on different matters.
In the series of photos below: a new restaurant making quite a name for itself on the busy strip of Nahar khoran.
They specialize in Lebanese or Middle Eastern foods. For a classy restaurant, the prices are very reasonable.
It costs about $16 -$20 USD for a family of four to experience luxurious dining and delicious food.
The name of the Restaurant is Layale Lebanon or Lebanese Nights.
I loved the design of the restaurant, it’s like an Arabian palace.
I snuck in before it opened to take some other photos, so photos are on two occasions because they’re always busy. Hope you found this information useful and enjoyed these photos!
*On a side note, there are greater issues Iranians face today. One major complaint of youth is the job market, so of course, this makes life strenuous for young Iranians. Another problem has been the rise of the Usd, which if course makes importing goods tough. I wish and hope the government of Iran and the people can come up with ways to help with this issue and resolve other problems that have burdened Iranians. I wish this for Iranians as I do for people all over the world whose countries are burdened by any type of economic crises.