My wife and I were heartbroken when we finally used the last of the Vietnamese cinnamon that we purchased from Kalustyan's when last in NYC. We were going to order from their online store but the shipping was outrageous for a couple oz of spice. Does anyone know where you can get good quality spices, preferably in bulk?
Kalustyan's is honestly one of the only things i REALLY miss about New York :)
a couple of places you might want to try:
- India Sweets & Spices in Clairemont
- OB People's Co-op
Henry's also carries bulk spices, though i guess the freshness will depend somewhat on the turnover at each location. and the La Jolla Whole Foods has a limited selection of bulk spices at the end of the bulk aisle back toward the seafood counter.
you can also order online from Penzeys...
I'll second goodhealthgourmet's recommendations. My wife picks up all her Indian spices in bulk at India Sweets & Spices in Clairemont, and I just picked up some wild juniper berries from the bulk spices at OB People's Co-op.
The only time I'll go mail order is for paprika, and a friend just brought me back some nice stuff from Morocco, so I can put that off for a little while.
Bombay Bazaar on Black Mountain has good quality spices available in bulk - mostly Indian, or else those used in Indian cooking (like Spanish saffron)
re: Captain Jack
The other great thing about Penzeys is that you can buy small quantities so you don't have a big ol' jar of something sitting around. I can't tell you how many times I've read a recipe and thought, "aha! I have that!" and then gone to the spice drawer to see that it was "best before Oct 2007" or some such date.