OK a little off topic, but I'm desperate.
Can anyone recommend a place in the valley where I can buy spices in bulk. By that I mean just what I need, not a pound at a time. I moved to L.A. a little over a year ago, and I used to go to Whole Foods to buy my spices in bulk, but they don't sell bulk here.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.
When you say bulk and not a pound at a time, how much are you talking about and what kind of spices? I don't ever remember seeing spices sold the way you're talking about-normally they're sold in bottles or packages.
When I hear bulk I was thinking maybe you want restaurant size?
You need a business license but Restaurant Depot http://www.restaurantdepot.com/Misc/storedtl.asp?KEY=156&OFFSET=65
Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply Co
6178 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91411
I don't mean large quantities. Often I try a new recipe and it calls for a tablespoon or so of marjoram or some other spice and I hate to buy a $6 jar that is going to sit in my pantry for 3 years until I throw it out. Also, I've found that buying pepper corns is hugely economical by the pound vs in a jar. When I lived in Seattle there were many excellent grocery stores that sold spices by the pound. They were very fresh too.
Since we're on the topic of places that AREN'T near you, I can think of two places: the Bulk Bin at Nature Mart on Hillhurst, in Los Feliz; and Erewhon on Beverly, between Fairfax and La Brea, next to the Grove. Nature Mart sells in bulk, down to a little tiny sauce container size, while Erewhon sells spices in tiny bags (the brand is Spicely) about half the size of a regular McCormick jar.