Help - What is the mystery spice at Gaby's?
Good Morning Hounds,
I really enjoy eating at Gaby's (Venice @ Motor). The Mediterranean inspired food is nearly all fantastic.
As you sit down, the staff always brings over some warm pita bread and some spice flavored olive oil. I usually eat the whole thing within a few minutes (to the embarrassment of my wife) and ask for seconds.
The mystery (for me anyway): what are the flavors added to the olive oil? Specifically, if I were to go my local Persian market, what would I buy to make it at home?
What kind of food do they serve at Gaby's? I have never been there. Re. Persian food, here are some common spices used in our food: sumac (dark burgundy spice, used on kabobs), dried mint (used in yogurt), fresh or dried dill weed (used in certain rice and stew dishes). There are so many spices though. I am trying to think of what could be in this olive oil. If I saw it and tasted it, I could probably tell you. I wish I could help more. :)
The green one with ground sesame seeds is made with thyme too. What is really pretty is when they swirl it on the plate and it looks like a palm tree. You can purchase it premade in middle eastern stores or armenian