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Help, need Zaatar spice for Easter

lindaana Apr 2, 2010 03:01 PM

I live in San Pedro and am looking for direction to a middle eastern store that might carry the spice blend Zaatar. Thanks!

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    roz RE: lindaana Apr 2, 2010 03:47 PM

    This may not be your most cost-effective source, but you may want to check out Penzey's Spices in Torrance to see if they carry it.

    21301 Hawthorne Blvd
    Torrance, CA
    (310) 406-3877

    Also, if you do find a middle eastern store that doesn't actually have the mix, find out if they at least have sumac. That way you can mix your own by adding thyme, sesame seeds and salt. I'm not sure of the proportions, I just play around with it until it looks and tastes good to me.


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      bulavinaka RE: lindaana Apr 2, 2010 04:04 PM

      Did you try Shayan Supermarket and Hawthorne Market in Torrance? I believe both are Halal and carry products from the MIddle East. Both are close to each other on PCH and Hawthorne, respectively.

      1. Mr Taster RE: lindaana Apr 2, 2010 04:26 PM

        I bought some za'atar from Super King Market. It was on the wall of spices facing the produce area. But we warned.... it was stale and bland.

        Instead I went to Penzey's in Santa Monica (they sell sumac too) and WOW. A punch in the tastebuds. Far superior to the stale supermarket stuff... the Torrance branch would be much closer. Also, Penzey's sells sumac as well, if you want to make your own as roz suggested.

        Mr Taster

        Super King Market
        2716 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

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          ladammann RE: lindaana Apr 2, 2010 05:06 PM

          Call SURFAS in Culver City....they have a geat variety of spices.... or
          BAY CITIES in Sta Monica

          1. westsidegal RE: lindaana Apr 2, 2010 05:14 PM

            there is a middle eastern market (dunno the name) on artesia next door to the salvation army thrift store (south side of the street, west of hawthorne east of aviation)
            normally i make my pilgrimage there to buy bread, but they offer a pretty good array of all sorts of other middle eastern food.

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              LisaN RE: lindaana Apr 2, 2010 05:46 PM

              Is there a Cost Plus/World Market near you?

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                lindaana RE: LisaN Apr 2, 2010 07:08 PM

                Yes, there is a Cost Plus....would they have it?
                Thanks for all the suggestions..I'll be heading out tomorrow to try and find it

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                  LisaN RE: lindaana Apr 3, 2010 10:47 AM

                  That's where I got mine

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