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Nov 7, 2011 04:37 PM

Where to get Spices and Seasonings in the East Bay??

Hey Chow Family,

am wondering where can i get/find fresh spices in the east bay, that run the gamut? from the many different paprikas, to curry, to vanilla - u know what i mean?


~ angela

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  1. Milan has the largest selection of Indian spices.

    Lhasa Karnak has the largest selection otherwise.

    Spanish Table for pimentón.

    Berkeley Bowl has a great bulk spice section.

    Spanish Table
    1814 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

    Lhasa Karnak Herb Company
    1938 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

    Lhasa Karnak Herb Company
    2482 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

    Milan International
    990 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

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      1. re: chefj

        Interesting, I didn't realize Milan had a wholesale operation or a second store.

        Santos Spice
        1188 Montague St, San Leandro, CA 94577

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I really meant that post as a addendum to my post later in this thread but glad you found it interesting.
          I think that they are not only wholesalers but importers at least that is the impression I got from the owner.
          The San Leandro location also does retail and carries a full line of dry goods, some prepared food(sweets and snacks), limited produce, Cookware, tiifins and Pūjā items.

    1. Food Mill

      Food Mill
      3033 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

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      1. re: wolfe

        Second the Food Mill

        Food Mill
        3033 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

        1. re: Rapini

          Third the Food Mill!

          Food Mill
          3033 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

      2. Ratto's grocery has a decent selection of spices, a number of them reasonably priced by weight from bulk containers. ["old oakland"] unless things have changed there -- haven't been there for a while.

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        1. re: moto

          Things have changed radically at Ratto's. It's about a third of its old size and mostly a sandwich shop.

        2. you guys are great! thanks. i forget about the good 'ole food mill! i used to pass them everyday going to school!

          i will check out every one of these places over the next week or so, and see what they have to offer, then i'll report back. thanks again!

          ~ angela