Herbs and spices in Dublin?
I just moved to Dublin and wanted to know if people had suggestions for good places to shop for herbs and spices. Interestingly, I'm not having trouble finding Asian/Middle Eastern spices, but good quality thyme, oregano, and other "Western" spices seem to be harder. The grocery store near me just has overpriced bottles of stale herbs, typical of supermarkets. And my bag of "sweet basil" from an Asian shop is full of twigs and has no aroma. Help!
Ahh yes Tesco stalks the land here also. Supermarkets are getting better all the time I find and Superquinn and Marks and Spencer are good here.
For small independents try Fallon&Byrne, Evergreen and Listons in the city. Get Fresh in Rathfarnham has every ingredient under the sun, Cavistons, Mortons, Donnybrook Fair, are good too plus the farmers markets at the weekend.
I think there are Tesco supermarkets in Dublin, but I may be wrong. Surely they sell fresh herbs the same way all supermarkets in England seem to. Here in England, all the chains have sections with fresh herbs, plus the bottled varieties so it's not typical at all not to find them.
Good luck - try the largest and most expensive supermarkets!