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Apr 20, 2009 04:56 PM

Any Spice shops in OC?

I would love to have a place to get fresh whole spices, does anybody know of a place in Orange County?

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  1. I don't know of one in OC, but Penzey's Spices in Torrance is at least in South L.A...may be an option if others cannot provide closer shops.

    1. Henry's markets have bulk spice departments.

      Indian markets, of which there are many in OC, are good places for whole spices too, at good prices.

      And Latin or Mexican markets usually have extensive whole spice selections.

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      1. re: Allmodcons

        Thats true, I have gotten alot of my spices at henry's, but the selection is limited. now and Indian market would be a good idea, know of any good ones in OC?

        I will have to go to this "Penzey's Spices" I've heard so much about.

        1. re: FoodiePastor

          I usually order my spices from le sancutaire. They are located in San fran and with there cheapest shipping I recieve them next day.

          1. re: FoodiePastor

            You should go to Penzeys (no apostrophe, like Ralphs). In the meantime, there's an Indian market next to Haveli Indian Restaurant in Tustin, and also an India Sweets and Spices in Tustin as well.

        2. Some info on OC Indian markets here:

          Wholesome Choice market in Irvine (and also now in Anaheim Hills) has a wide range of whole packaged spices as well.

          I've always done Penzeys by mail for certain things -- Tellicherry peppercorns, for example. I imagine the store would be worth a visit, now that there is one within striking distance.

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          1. re: Allmodcons

            Thanks so much for all the info! I really like this site(1st post on the chow).

            Is Tustin like the Indian district? Tustin is not all that close to me here in nothern OC, Oh well, I'm sure a liitle research will reveal one a little closer.

            Now what about a good cheese shop, in OC. That would be great, Im Thinking about picking up some good cheese on the way home from work. At this point my local ralphs is where i go for cheese (maybe ill go to whole foods but its not very close) I'm even considering going to costco after work, they usually have a pretty good sharp cheddar.

            1. re: FoodiePastor

              Frog's Breath, half a block north of the Orange Circle.

              And Tustin is the little suburb with the big chow credentials -- truly where you should live if you're a foodie in north OC. :)

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                I go to the Venissimo in Del Mar for cheese and I love it. They have one in Long Beach

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  been to frogs breath, not too bad, but the selection was smaller than expected.

                  Tustin.... I dont think I have ever been to a restaurant there!

                  Venissimo looks great! went to the website, they had a lot of cool cheese, then i saw the cheese of the month club, seemed really cool except the price come out to $45/per pound, that is some pricey cheese! I thought $30/lbs was a lot