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Old 08-13-2012, 01:11 PM   #31
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MIT and Harvard draw hosts of foreign students each year. As a result, Cambridge is loaded with a large offering of ethnic stores, restaurants and other places "just like home." They have a couple of spice stores where you buy from large bins or individual packets. Then the next town over in Arlington, they have Penzy's. We are well taken care of in the Boston area for our choice of spices.

Then in Porter Square, Cambridge (where Porter House steaks originated) they have an Indian restaurant called "Elephant's Walk". The most divine aromas escape when a patron opens the door.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:38 PM   #32
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MIT and Harvard draw hosts of foreign students each year. As a result, Cambridge is loaded with a large offering of ethnic stores, restaurants and other places "just like home." They have a couple of spice stores where you buy from large bins or individual packets. Then the next town over in Arlington, they have Penzy's. We are well taken care of in the Boston area for our choice of spices.

Then in Porter Square, Cambridge (where Porter House steaks originated) they have an Indian restaurant called "Elephant's Walk". The most divine aromas escape when a patron opens the door.
Addie, the Elephant Walk restaurant is Cambodian.
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:08 PM   #33
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Thanks Andy. I always thought it was Indian. I will have to let Son #2 know. He is the adventurous one in the family for foreign foods. He is a cab dirver in Woburn and often recommends that restaurant to some of the fares he picks up at the airport. Say the word 'curry' to him and he melts. His father used to make curry chicken and the two boys loved it. Boston might be known for the seafood, but Cambridge holds the Oscar for ethnic foreign foods and restaurants.

Son #1 wants to try and duplicate the dish his father made. I am going to get him the cookbook by the woman (whose name escapes me at the moment) who has written several Indonesian cookbooks. I will recognize it as soon as I see it.

Just wandering the streets of Cambridge is an adventure in life of foreign lands and countries.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:55 AM   #34
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I too have bought products from penzys spices. Its pretty good. They have good reputation . But recently i switched to horton spice Mills in Markham. I do this mainly because its easy to buy items in bulk from there. Their quality is also pretty awesome.
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I too have bought products from penzys spices. Its pretty good. They have good reputation . But recently i switched to horton spice Mills in Markham. I do this mainly because its easy to buy items in bulk from there. Their quality is also pretty awesome.
Welcome to DC David.

I suspect shipping is easier and cheaper from Markham.
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Hi David,
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I too have bought products from penzys spices. Its pretty good. They have good reputation . But recently i switched to horton spice Mills in Markham. I do this mainly because its easy to buy items in bulk from there. Their quality is also pretty awesome.
Do you order them online or do you pick them up at the store? I found their website and didn't see any way to order online. It would be handy to have a Canadian online spice store, instead of dealing with customs brokers.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:37 PM   #38
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I'm excited. I been looking for a few things in stores but they seem to be hard to find. I found what I wanted at olivenation.

1. Grains of Paradise
2. Juniper Berries
3. Za'atar (or something like that)

It will be fun trying something new!
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Just ran across this thread. So many spice choices! I have an abundance of Penzeys stuff in my spice cupboard...and pantry...and bulk bags in the basement. That doesn't mean I don't stray from time to time. Last time in FL we ran across a chain store "Spice Merchants" that offered single herb/spice or blended mixes. We loveLoveLOVE their Thai Coconut blend on grilling shrimp. The black truffle salt adds a nice touch to smashed potatoes. Or chicken. Or lots of stuff.
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:25 AM   #40
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I'm rapidly approaching the time for another run to their local store. I often tie it in with a run to the Armenian markets in Watertown. One loop and I've covered all the bases.
The Pirate and I always head for Cambridge for the ethnic stores. I let him lead me as when he lived in Somerville, he used to cook for a dry/halfway house there on weekends and did the food ordering and buying for them. So he knows all the really cheap and good places. Because of Harvard, MIT and other schools of higher learning, there isn't an ethnic group that is not represented in Cambridge. In restaurants and stores.
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