On the recommendation of a friend, and armed with Stephen's relatively new interest in eating Paleo combined with his old interest in cooking, we headed out to Penzeys Spices on Saturday. What is Penzeys Spices? Near us, it's an entire store devoted to spices! You're actually encouraged to go and sniff the spices.
|Our haul from Saturday.|
My momentary stupidity aside, I loved that little spice store. In addition to almost all herbs and spices you can think of, there were excellent combinations of spices, fabulous gift sets for people who love to cook, bake, or need basic spice shelf stock. What excited me most was that it had food-grade lavender which I had previously been unable to find in any specialty stores I shop.
An interesting little tidbit: I could not find the lavender out on the shelves, so I asked the very courteous and bright-eyed cashier about it. He told me that indeed, they had it, but it was in the back room. When I asked why, he said that it was food-grade and people were using it for decorations.
I was curious as to why they cared how it was being used so long as it was being paid for, and when he asked me -- friendly comment, not grilling -- what I was using it for, I wish I had thought to say decorations. Would he not have sold it to me?
My answer, however, was honest, and surprisingly seemed to satisfy the spice snob - cocktails! I am going to make my own lavender bitters so I can concoct my favorite lavender martini--enjoyed on two different occasions at the Liberty Hotel--at home!
|My favorite take at the spice store: Cocktail spices. High fat|
cocoa to rim the chocolate martini glass, lavender for bitters, or tea.
There's nothing can stop me now.