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Buying spices in the Triangle area

MBC997 Apr 1, 2008 03:00 PM

Where are your favorite places to buy quality spices in the Triangle? Does anyone grind on premises? Thanks!

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    brokegradstudent Apr 2, 2008 07:40 PM

    I usually buy bulk at Weaver Street but for obscure/special I go to Southern Season. Their salt selection is so vast as to be comical.

    They also have many, many spices whole I only see ground elsewhere

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    1. re: brokegradstudent
      Rory Apr 2, 2008 10:13 PM

      Weaver St. always surprises me with how fresh their spices are. Even their dried bay leaves have a scent. I get all my spices for European cooking from them...

    2. Tehama Apr 2, 2008 03:57 PM

      I was quite surprised to find a decent selection of fresh herbs at Pueblo Supermarket last week for super-cheap (for example, thyme was $1.29 for a huge stash).

      They also had tons of dried spices, too.

      (Pueblo is in between the Kanki/ Red Lobster and the WalMart off of Falls of Neuse. It is a WAY interesting little market. Once there were live crabs in the middle of the aisle in a box.)

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        bbqme Apr 2, 2008 09:13 AM

        Don't forget, Weaver Street Market has bulk spices as well. Support the little guy stores/co-ops.

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          TSQ75 Apr 2, 2008 11:26 AM

          can you really sit there and still consider Weaver Street "The Little Guy" anymore? lol

        2. TSQ75 Apr 1, 2008 08:08 PM

          Whole food bulk spices are a good buy
          Hispanic brand spices are always a good deal, though sometimes not of top quality.
          surprisingly, World market has a good selection of inexpensive a-typical spices

          and finally, the Indian market by Target, Spice Bazzaar, excellent quality cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, coriander and more..

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          1. re: TSQ75
            blewgo Apr 2, 2008 05:03 AM

            I've had great luck with mail order. This place has always had very fresh product.


            1. re: TSQ75
              jmkizer Apr 2, 2008 05:44 AM

              I buy most of my spices for Penzey's (online) and I fill in with bulk spices at Whole Foods. Once or twice I've used The Spice House (online) as well.


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                MBC997 Apr 2, 2008 06:24 AM

                Thanks for the suggestions. I bought everything at The Spice House when I lived in Chicago... I miss that place!

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              cackalackie Apr 1, 2008 04:43 PM

              I usually get them at Whole Foods. As they sell them in bulk, it's so much cheaper. There are the different ethnic shops as well....in Cary...

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