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margaretx Apr 3, 2012 09:06 AM

Looking for the name of a store (in the Hawthorne district? near a TJ's?) where they stock a wide variety of spices. Specifically I'm looking for Aleppo pepper, if you happen to know whether they have it.

Thanks in advance.

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    abrice7 Jun 1, 2012 11:38 AM

    A little late, but the former manager of Limbo opened his own spice/tea/assorted kitchenware shop called Stone Cottage, at SE 39th & Gladstone. They have EVERYTHING you could imagine. Most of their spices are sourced from Mountain Rose Herbs in Eugene (awesome prices on mail-order herbs/spices).

    1. JillO Apr 3, 2012 09:24 AM

      I think that Limbo (the store next to the SE Holgate TJ's) closed.

      I know that Penzey's carries Aleppo Pepper, though, and I love their stuff. There is a Penzey's in the Pearl at 120 NW 10th Ave. and there's one in SE on 82nd in the Winco shopping center at 11322 Southeast 82nd Avenue. I think there is also one now out in Beaverton, too, in the Beaverton Town Square.

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      1. re: JillO
        boyzoma Apr 3, 2012 03:07 PM

        There is definitely a Penzey's in Beaverton now, and you are correct. Beaverton Town Square near Trader Joes. Love that place. Quality of the spices is so much better and they are extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

        1. re: boyzoma
          JillO Apr 3, 2012 03:38 PM

          I agree, their stuff is fresh and you can buy it in small amounts or in larger bags...so it stays fresh. I used to do mail order from them and then online ordering. So nice to have actual stores now.

          If you've never gone to a Penzey's you should - every spice they sell has a canister in front of the display that you can open and sniff to get a better sense of what you are buying. So much fun to go through the racks and find out what the heck fenugreek is like etc.

          Sign up for the catalog too, because they often have coupons for freebies you can take into the store...and often some good recipes.

          1. re: JillO
            boyzoma Apr 3, 2012 06:16 PM

            Depending on the spice (and how often I use it) I now buy a lot of replacement spices in bags such as pepper corns, bay leaf's, sesame seeds, etc. Then store in a container in the pantry. So worth it and I have done price comparisons between Penzeys and my local grocery. Hands down, Penzey's wins.

            1. re: boyzoma
              JillO Apr 4, 2012 09:38 AM

              Yes, I do that for some whole spices that store well too, like peppercorns, etc.

              And almost every time, what you get from Penzey's is fresher than what you can get at the grocery store.

              I am a big fan too! ;o)

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