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I need Arabic spices in Orange County...help!

OCElizabeth Mar 22, 2009 01:41 PM

I know where the asian and mexican markets are, but I need ras al hanout STAT so I need an arabic market somewhere in the OC, preferably somewhat near Costa Mesa :-) Can you help me find a good place for Arabic spices and other goodies? Thank you so much!

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  1. umami RE: OCElizabeth Mar 22, 2009 03:06 PM

    You might try Wholesome Choice in Irvine at the corner of Culver and Michelson, right off the 405.

    1. Joe Blowe RE: OCElizabeth Mar 22, 2009 05:01 PM

      Where you need to be is Anaheim:


      Easiest place to start off is the (Zankou) strip mall on Ball between Brookhurst and Magnolia. From there you can expand your search, and I'm sure some other recs will be forthcoming...

      1. Das Ubergeek RE: OCElizabeth Mar 22, 2009 06:52 PM

        Start at Brookhurst and Ball; pick any market. Wholesome Choice is another excellent suggestion.

        1. Azizeh RE: OCElizabeth Mar 22, 2009 09:34 PM

          There's a Persian market near the Persian restaurant Orchid on Bristol. I don't know the cross street, but it's in the same shopping center as Orchid and some Japanese video stores. Orchid is at 3033 Bristol. I can't recall the name of the Persian market, it's been a while since I went there, but they'll likely have your spice.

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            OCElizabeth RE: OCElizabeth Mar 22, 2009 10:27 PM

            Excellent! Thank you!! Well, I hit up Super Irvine and Wholesome Choice....oh heaven! I spent $200 but still no ras al hanout. Luckily I found so many other amazing things it didn't even matter. I am now totally jonesing to go check out Anaheim and their arabic markets!

            1. Phurstluv RE: OCElizabeth Mar 23, 2009 10:28 AM

              You can always try Penzey's online. Don't know if they've opened a shop in the OC.

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                mikester RE: Phurstluv Mar 23, 2009 11:32 AM

                No, the nearest Penzeys from OC is still in Torrance.

                BTW, for everyone's general edification, here is a link to Wikipedia on what ras el hanout is (interesting):


                1. re: mikester
                  justagthing RE: mikester Mar 23, 2009 05:58 PM

                  Cool info, maybe the OP can make their own since it doesn't seem to have a definite recipe.

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