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Apr 1, 2008 02:35 PM

Good source for cinnamon in SEA?

Besides the spice shops in the Market, any ideas for a good source for halfway fresh cinnamon?

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  1. I know you said "besides the spice shops in the Market" but I go to world spice. They regularly stock four kinds of cassia, plus true cinnamon. It has been good every time I've gotten it.

    1. What's wrong with world spice? It's not exactly in the market, but it's right next door. If you really don't want to travel far, they do ship.

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      1. re: vanillagorilla

        There's nothing wrong with it except I don't work downtown and it's a major PITA to park down there. I was just hoping that one of our many ethnic grocery options might be a good source with better parking. For example, I am in the International District at least once a week.....

        1. re: allisonw

          I never have trouble parking at world spice. But if you really have trouble, why not just have them mail it to you?

      2. I have no idea if PFI cinnamon is fresh, but it is surely a bargain.

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        1. re: mrnelso

          I second PFI. Also, FWIW if I'm not too worried about how fresh it is, great prices on whole cinnamon sticks at Cost Plus World Market.

          1. re: nseattlefoodie

            Golly, if the PFi spice is fresh, I'd go for that any day of the week over World Spice. The folks at PFI are always so helpful, friendly and kind. The few times I've been to the Markey spice shop, they've acted as if I was something stuck to their shoes. Sorry, but I like to buy my spices in small quantities!! Perhaps it's silly of me to be affected by how the folks in the shop treat me, but I am, so there you go. Oh, and by the way, I buy my spices in bulk at the PCC in West Seattle and the spices (and teas) are always fresh and wonderful. I highly recommend them.

            1. re: missliss

              You've really been treated badly at world spice on western? I've had not so good experiences at Market Spice in the market, but that was more due to the crowds of people there than the help. World Spice has been nothing but great.

              I find their system outstanding. I already have my list pre-written. If I want a small amount of something, I just write down the "minimum". On most things I rarely by more than the minimum amount. I don't really have a problem with the requiring that you buy 1oz on most things, it's not like it's that expensive.

              The only bad time I've ever had at world spice was when I went on a Saturday following a Good Eats broadcast that featured grains of paradise. There must have been 10 people in there, who'd never been to the store trying to buy just that one spice. That was kind of pandemonium, but I can't blame the store for it.

              1. re: vanillagorilla

                Oooo! Bad Chowhounder! I'm so sorry to the people at Market Spice of whom I have no knowledge!! It was World Spice that was so unpleasant. And it was quiet once again. Sorry for spouting off prematurely. That being said, I do find our local PCC a great source for fresh spices. I've bought Grains of Paradise, though, along with epazote and other more esoteric herbs and spices from Penzey's.

                Thanks for double-checking, Vanillagorilla!

        2. there are also bulk spices at Whole Foods and at Madison Market .. I'll confess those big bins of spices at PFI scare me ...still think World Spice is the best. I once owned a restaurant and we bought everything from them ..drove down there once a week .. in the AM I would park right in front ... but there is the parking below and just walk up the hill.. if you go at lunch you can eat at El Puerco!