Savory Spice Shop

I tend not to recommend restaurants or shops on Cafe Barber, but I absolutely HAVE to give a rave review for the Savory Spice Shop in the Whole Foods shopping center in Sonoma (there’s one in Santa Rosa, too)!  I’m embarrassed to admit that I think I was there at least 5 times in the last 8 days and spent my inheritance there.  Goodbye Penzeys . . . we are officially divorced.  I left my heart in Sonoma in this awesomely cool little shop.  It’s charming, and unusual, and you may not know it, but you need EVERYTHING in here AND YOU NEED THEIR WEBSITE that has a zillion recipes for everything in the shop!!


Where to start?  The salespeople are awesome — friendly, welcoming, super helpful and really knowledgeable about the spices they carry.  Jen, my new guru, is fabulous — I mention something I want to make, and she knows exactly the spice I need to take it to the next level.  I walked in for the first time looking for some chipotle powder for some grilled potatoes, and I walked about with $50 or so in spices.  I didn’t need no stinkin’ chipotle — I needed El Diente Peak Southwest seasoning.  I parboiled red potatoes, cut each into 3 thick slices, tossed them in a little olive oil and doused them in this spice blend.  How do I know it was good?  Because Hector and Julio, killer cooks LOVED THEM!

I wanted something a little spicy for some roasted pepitas and peanuts I was making — Jen handed me a bottle of Peruvian Chile Lime Seasoning — it was AWESOME — I’ve since bought 5 bottles!  I used the same spice for some mango popsicles I made — GET OUTTA’ TOWN — they were unbelievably delicious.

Today I made my last shopping trip there, and I asked Jen for a spice for a Moroccan chicken dish I’m making tomorrow.  Yup — she knew what I needed, and I walked out with Tan-Tan Moroccan Seasoning (and about 5 new ones) and two beautiful jars of preserved lemons.

So — new recipes are going to feature these awesome spices.   You can buy the spices in bottles or little bags, and they ship at a super reasonable price.  I am so serious here . . . you HAVE to try some of these!!!


My current faves:

Peruvian Chile Lime Seasoning (used it on roasted nuts, popsicles and shrimp I grilled for tacos)

El Diente Peak Southwest Seasoning (so good on grilled potatoes and steak)

Tan Tan Moroccan Seasoning (Making this for Mark, Tony, my mom and Alber and Dean tomorrow:

Makrut Lime Sea Salt (so amazing on the rim of a margarita!)

Bajan Seasoning (as a marinade:

Mt. Elbert All Purpose Seasoning (trying it on popcorn tonight)

Shichime Togarashi (Kung Pao Chicken!

and I bought more.


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