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Where do you buy your spices in Miami?

karmalaw Jan 15, 2008 09:16 PM

I tend to want to recreate exotic foods or foods that require spices not easily found... like now, I am on a "make your own chai tea from scratch kick".. so I end up digging around for spices.. so far, I shop at:

1) The middle-eastern market on Coral Way and 17th Ave has things like whole green cardamom and 7-spice mix.

2) Wild Oats for some herbs/spices in bulk

3) the Indian/Bangladesh Markets (1 near the vietnamese market on 163rd street)

4) the vietnamese market at 163rd and.. I think.. NE 4th Avenue.

5) Price Choice Supermarket and El Presidente Suerpmarket for large containers of things like cloves, allspice, cinnamon.

Where else has interesting spices (without being exorbitantly priced)?

  1. cdesoto Jan 26, 2008 10:33 AM

    For anything Asian, there is a small grocery store that sells only asian products. The asian market right off of US 1 at SW 160th Street (colonial drive). There is a small strip mall there, on right hand side (across from Publix) and it is called the Asian Market. Everything you can never find anywhere else along with several fresh products as well. Very inexpensive.

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    1. re: cdesoto
      karmalaw Jan 26, 2008 12:47 PM

      I've been to that market a few times -- it's great. The owners are really nice and will help you out in selecting the proper ingredients for what you'd like to make.

      1. re: karmalaw
        Blind Mind Jan 26, 2008 01:07 PM

        There is also Lucky's on Bird Road. But, funny you should post this... I went to the Coral Gables Farmer's Market today and there was a booth with a wide array of teas and spices. Had I planned on seeing this booth, Id have bought a bunch but I didnt know what I needed at the time. They also had very affordable veggies there and I got a pound of stone crabs for $10 that turned out to be great with a beer in the afternoon. Its every Saturday from 8am - 1pm I believe, so check it out.

        1. re: Blind Mind
          karmalaw Jan 26, 2008 01:35 PM

          I just ordered some whole green cardamom and whole nutmeg in bulk from amazon.com.... to use in making chai ( make a gallon of my own chai mixture each week to mix with milk)... I'll check out the market to see what they have soon.

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