Where to find the best spices?
I am looking for a good spice store during our next trip. While we were in Paris we did a "Paris By Mouth" tour that led us to Goumanyat & Son Royaume shop, which sold Thiercelin spices. We brought back a pepper mix which was outstanding. It's a mixtures of peppers including:
"Poivre noir Sarawak, poivre blanc Sarawak, Poivre Sechuan, poivre des Maines, poivre selim, souchel, fèves Tonka".
They don't seem to sell it online, and it's nearly $50 shipping.
Are there any stores in Manhattan I might be able to find something similar? We will be spending most of our time Midtown, Soho and West Village.
We plan on visiting "The Meadow" for some salt. http://www.atthemeadow.com/shop/
Lior Lev Sercarz's La Boite à Epices sounds like a place you would enjoy visiting.
Personally I buy most of my spices from Penzey's, Middle Eastern or Indo-Pak stores.The quality of Kalustyan's spices do not always justify the premium price they charge. I turn to them mainly in situations where I need a hard-to-find ingredient like transglutaminase, caustic lye or tapioca maltodextrin.