Photos: Iran, A visit home after 14 years

Elmira Jafari, a guest producer with CCTV America in Washington D.C. recently visited her home country of Iran after 14 years.

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Tehran, right before landing.
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Sadr Highway, Tehran.
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Tea, Nabat (traditional hard candy) and mixed nuts in one of the sofreh khone (traditional restaurant) in Tehran.
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Iran is famous for its delicious desserts and they have plenty to choose from.
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Iran is famous for its delicious desserts and they have plenty to choose from.
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Ab Gousht, a traditional Iranian dish.
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Dough: a traditional Iranian drink (water, yogurt and dried mint) usually served with kabob and Abgousht
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Del o Jigar: Iranians are a huge fan of skewed Chicken heart and liver. Mighty good!
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An anti-pollution ad that reads “a blue sky, a cleaner earth.”
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An anti-pollution ad that reads “a blue sky, a cleaner earth.”
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Kabob, Persian style.
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Kabob, Persian style.
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Chelo Kabob (Rice and Kabob)
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Chelo Kabob (Rice and Kabob)
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Iranian flag blowing over Sadr highway.
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Early evening in Tehran.
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A traditional dish called “keshk e bademjoon” Eggplant and Kashk (which is a type of yogurt whey).
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A traditional dish called “keshk e bademjoon” Eggplant and Kashk (which is a type of yogurt whey).
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A traditional dish called “Ghymeh nesar.”
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A traditional dish called “keshk e bademjoon” Eggplant and Kashk (which is a type of yogurt whey).
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“Zeytoon Parvardeh” Olives Marinated in Pomegranates and Walnuts, usually served as a side dish.
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Tea, Nabat (traditional hard candy) and dates in one of the sofreh khone (traditional restaurant) in Tehran.
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“Aloocheh” and “Lavashak”, sour dried plumes. Iranians are a huge fan of sour snacks.
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Lavashak
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Fasham, located in northern Tehran.
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Fasham, located in northern Tehran.
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Fasham, located in northern Tehran.
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Fasham, located in northern Tehran.
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Kabob and Chicken Kabob in a restaurant in Fasham.
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Kabob and Chicken Kabob in a restaurant in Fasham.
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Kabob and Chicken Kabob in a restaurant in Fasham.
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Fasham, located in northern Tehran.
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Safferon, an expensive spice that Iranians use mainly for cooking.
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Baghali, Steamed Lima beans, another very popular snack in Iran.
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“Darband” located in Northern Tehran, in the heart of the mountains. A place for eating kabob, smoking hooka and just hanging out.
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“Darband” located in Northern Tehran, in the heart of the mountains. A place for eating kabob, smoking hooka and just hanging out.
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“Darband” located in Northern Tehran, in the heart of the mountains. A place for eating kabob, smoking hooka and just hanging out.
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Reading your fortune is one of the popular hobbies in Iran, traditionally done by finches. They pick your fortune out of the stacks of cards.
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“Darband” located in Northern Tehran, in the heart of the mountains. A place for eating kabob, smoking hooka and just hanging out.
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“Darband” located in Northern Tehran, in the heart of the mountains. A place for eating kabob, smoking hooka and just hanging out.
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More Sour snacks in Darbank.
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Close to Tehran’s Grand Bazar.
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“Barbari”bread. Persian flatbread.
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One of the oldest buildings in Grand Bazar.
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One of the oldest buildings in Grand Bazar.
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Tehran’s popular falafel show, Grand Bazar.
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Tehran’s popular falafel show, Grand Bazar.
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Tehran’s popular falafel show, Grand Bazar.
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Grand Bazar.
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Grand Bazar.
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Baghali Polo, one of Iran’s popular dishes made with Lima beans and rice, served with Lamb.
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Baghali Polo, one of Iran’s popular dishes made with Lima beans and rice, served with Lamb.
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And yes, it was 55 degrees in February!
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Ash reshteh, Iran’s traditional noodle soup.
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Traditional Iranian breakfast, “ adasi” (lentil soup) served with Barbari bread.
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More Barbari bread!
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Traditional Iranian breakfast, eggs and sweet tea.
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Milad tower at night, Tehran.
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I visited this beautiful city in North of Iran called “Tonekabon.”
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An Iranian Persian dish called “Gheymeh” made with lamb, split peas, onion and lemon or lime topped with French fries. Oh, so good!
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Salad Shirazi, a side dish usually served with Gheymeh.
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Mid-day in Tehran, Sadr highway.
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Rush hour in Tehran.
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Albourz mountains.
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On my way to Karaj, city close to Tehran.
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When the kabob is bigger than its dish, then you know it’s good.
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Mid-day in Tehran.
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More traffic.
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Tehran at night.
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A bread delivery man.
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Mid-day in Tehran.