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I need to buy a good amount of new and replacement spices.  Is there any online stores that you all would recommend?  Or if you are in the Seattle area any stores that you like?  Thanks for all the help.

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http://www.penzeys.com would be a nice place to start.

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funny, i was at Penzeys today.. great store!

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I've been ordering from The Spice House for a few months. Well packed when received and fresh. I usually shop tomato powder and Thai red curry powder.

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World spice merchants in seattle is worth a visit!
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In Seattle, Big John's PFI (Pacific Food Importers) has large selection of spices in bulk, plus beans, grains, etc. Also great prices on gallons of vinegars. Lots of caterers shop here. Big cheese selection, Italian imports. It's on the edge of the ID, between Pioneer Square and Sodo. 

 

http://www.bigjohnspfi.com/

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World spice merchants in seattle is worth a visit!


It's worth a visit and a stay . . . at least temporarily.  

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I need to buy a good amount of new and replacement spices.  Is there any online stores that you all would recommend?  Or if you are in the Seattle area any stores that you like?  Thanks for all the help.


It the seattle area in the Alderwood Mall:

Savory Spice Shop

3000 184th St. SW, #992
Lynnwood, Washington 98037

P: (425) 673-2188
E: alderwood@savoryspiceshop.com

Hours

Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm

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If you're near a big city (ie: Seattle) where there are large and varied immigrant populations, I would suggest visiting the ethnic markets and buying from those merchants, locally. You will be supporting a local business, turn over is usually very brisk, and the prices are usually much, much better than buying from a spice seller. One trip to an Indian market can take you far--for less than you would expect. Plus, ethnic markets are just plain fascinating--and I've never been treated with anything but sheer graciousness when shopping in one. 

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If you're near a big city (ie: Seattle) where there are large and varied immigrant populations, I would suggest visiting the ethnic markets and buying from those merchants, locally. You will be supporting a local business, turn over is usually very brisk, and the prices are usually much, much better than buying from a spice seller. One trip to an Indian market can take you far--for less than you would expect. Plus, ethnic markets are just plain fascinating--and I've never been treated with anything but sheer graciousness when shopping in one. 

 

I always appreciate your solid well thought out advice advocating local businesses, Terry.

 

In Houston there is a Mexican market on Airline.

Not just fresh (and some hard to find) bulk spices but good quality (ripe but can sit for a day or two with no problems) seasonal fruit as well.

Seasonal is relative when talking about south Texas and Mexico so if you get a hankering for a sweet, juicy melon in the middle of winter this market is the place for you!

 

mimi

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Thank you Mimi!

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@flipflopgirl holy smokes thanks for the reminder of the market on Airline! I need to get myself over there, just keep getting intimidated on if/how much Spanish I need to know to get the better deals there.

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@flipflopgirl holy smokes thanks for the reminder of the market on Airline! I need to get myself over there, just keep getting intimidated on if/how much Spanish I need to know to get the better deals there.

 

I just use my best busboy Spanglish to get by (why was I too stubborn to learn more growing up?) and the stalls pretty much all have the same products at the same prices so I usually don't bother.

There was an Abuela place way in the back where it is dark and dusty..... bestest "remedies" I ever brought home.

Guess her kids didn't bother to continue her trade as the place is shuttered up now.

Sad.

 

mimi

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I need to buy a good amount of new and replacement spices.  Is there any online stores that you all would recommend?  Or if you are in the Seattle area any stores that you like?  Thanks for all the help.

I try to use fresh, when I can. For the bare essentials, the local market is a good source, and even a 99 cent store. I used to have a spice rack, but ditched it. Only buy the basics in a pinch.

Would rather invest in and experiment w fleur de sel, Himalayan salt etc.

For me, stocking/storing a bunch of spices I rarely used was a waste of money. Just sayin'. Designer high-priced store brands never impressed me.
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World spice merchants in seattle is worth a visit!

Yeah. What I like about World Spice Merhants is they sell fresh spice mixtures that you grind up at home. Lots of spice markets sell already ground up powders. Smashing them at home releases all the aromatics. Already ground cumin, coriander, ancho cili or other spices just don't last. imho. 

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I like Spice Barn for on line shopping. I got a bag of steak spice mix and poured it into the old bottle and forgot, when I went to use it found the paper seal was missing and wrote them. They called the house to check if I had the right spice since the other I ordered was in a bottle while the steak was in a bag. Told him it was my fault forgot I ordered the bag and he said no problem it happens. They were going to replace the spice just wanted to make sure I was talking about the right one. I been buying from they for years

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