looking for zaatar?
just moved to sf recently. i'm looking for a place where i can buy bulk spices especially zaatar (i know they sell zaatar at boulette's larder but it's way overpriced). thanks!
You might check with the halal stores around San Pablo and University in Berkeley.
I once tried a number of places for ras al hanout. I was told by one of the shop keepers
that it would be hard to find since each family had its own recipe So if all else fails:
* 1/4 cup sumac
* 2 tablespoons thyme
* 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
* 2 tablespoons marjoram
* 2 tablespoons oregano
* 1 teaspoon coarse salt
Grind the sesame seeds in food processor or with mortar and pestle. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Store in a cool, dark place in a plastic zip bag or in an airtight container. When stored properly, the spice mixture can be used from 3-6 months.
There is an excellent spice company in Petaluma called WholeSpice that sells a number of Middle Eastern spice mixes, including zaatar (they spell it zahtar.) Here's a link:
You can order online and pick the spices up at the store in Petaluma or have them shipped for a fee. You can also call in an order -- the spices are ground to order:
Here's the address:
1364 North McDowell Blvd. Suite 20
Petaluma CA 94954
Best prices on spices is probably at Rainbow Grocery. Turnover's high so they're probably fresher than most places.
There is a vendor at the San Rafael FM that blends and packages her own spices. Kind of pricey, I think I paid $5 for a small pouch of zaatar but it is very fresh and tasty. Small is ok, I don't go through it that quickly ~