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November 17, 2009

culinary treats I dragged home from the bay area

Look! We really did go on vacation. I have spices and oils and things to prove it.

So many delicious things to buy and bring home. I did pretty well in restraining myself. At least that’s what I think. My traveling partner might disagree.

From Boulettes Larder: Garam Masala and Smoked Sea Salt (in the little plastic bins below).

And from Whole Spice at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa:

Fennel Pollen – for the dusting of things yet to be determined.

Black Cardamom – I’d never seen it before and I LOVE cardamom so of course I had to get some. It’s sweet like green cardamom but really smokey too. I can’t wait to make something with it.

REAL Cinnamon – did any of you read that little blurb in the last Gourmet? Most cinnamon is actually cassia. Which according to the cinnamon guru, does the trick in mulled cider but is nothing like the real thing. I shall report back. See, now how am I going to find out crucial things like this without Gourmet??? If you’re into culinary nerdery, you can buy the real deal on Epicure Pantry.

Urda – Sweet sticky turkish chili. yum.

And a Yemeni spice mix. I can’t remember the name, but it smells divine.

And I also stashed away a few different olive oils and a cabernet vinegar. Yum.


  1. Law of Attraction said on November 17, 2009

    I usually buy from and when I was in Seattle I had the pleasure of going in. Let's just say my entire luggage set now smells of chai and Sri Lankan curry.

  2. sk said on November 17, 2009

    Yum! I came across a spice shop the last time I was in Asheville and went a bit spice-crazy too. My favorite thing I came home with was some Chardonnay Smoked Sea Salt, which is just delicious.

  3. Lilapuppy said on November 18, 2009

    That place looks so unbelievable!

  4. sara said on November 18, 2009

    ooooo so jealous! I can't wait til I have a normal size kitchen so I can stock up on all sorts of goodies like this!!

  5. kitchendoor said on November 19, 2009

    Mmm, love those photos. Now I want to cook.

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