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Good spice dealer in SD?

JJS360 May 12, 2010 03:54 PM

Since moving to SD, I have NOT been able to find a good spice place. I'm not talking bottles of McCormick's powdery cumin at Vons (*shudder*). I mean whole green cardamon pods in bulk next to fenugreek seeds beside the grains of paradise. I have been able to pick and choose some in various ethnic grocers, but not any sort one-stop shop, which are great for discovering new flavors. Any advice?

  1. deckape May 12, 2010 11:27 PM

    Mail order - Penzeys...some things are worth planning for.

    1. DiningDiva May 13, 2010 08:18 AM

      Where are you located and where have you already looked

      Windmill Farms in Del Cerro has a fairly decent selection of bulk spices (many whole). Their turnover is moderate, I've never gotten spices there that were past their prime.

      You also might try the Indian markets up on Black Mountain Rd. in the Miramar area.

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      1. re: DiningDiva
        palmtree38 May 18, 2010 12:17 PM

        Seems many of the good rubs and such are order on line such as Gilroys Garlic Dude dust and Mansmith rubs. They will deliver to your hotel or residence.

        1. re: palmtree38
          colt 45 May 18, 2010 01:10 PM

          San Diego Tea and spice are my favorite sources for top notch spices..

      2. SDGourmand May 18, 2010 03:04 PM

        I order all my spices from Le Sanctuaire. Great prices and arrive in about 2 days.

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          palmtree38 May 19, 2010 12:15 PM

          is this place sell good rubs and such as well????

          here is a link http://www.mansmith.com/products/

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            beth1 May 26, 2010 02:23 PM

            Have you tried North Park Produce? I just got home from the one in Poway. The shop's really crowded, but the selection is worth it. Their herb and spice selection is incredible. They even had frankincense (who knew?) The spices seem fresh and are very reasonably priced.

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