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Old 05-26-2005, 10:02 PM   #11
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Also get my spices from penzy's. My vanilla from Mexico. I haunt any friends that are taking a cruise that goes to Mexico. Last time they brought me back a quart of it and it's almost gone. Ahem, anyone here going to Mexico???
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Old 05-27-2005, 10:46 AM   #12
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another things to note is that Penzey's always includes a 1.5 ounce bottle of something free with every order (all of mine at least). Its always like Christmas to see what they threw in for me to try.

Also, their catalog is very informative. I like reading the detailed information on pepper production and saffron. Both very informative.
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:29 AM   #13
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Also get my spices from penzy's. My vanilla from Mexico. I haunt any friends that are taking a cruise that goes to Mexico. Last time they brought me back a quart of it and it's almost gone. Ahem, anyone here going to Mexico???

Be careful. A lot of Mexican vanilla is bogus and poisonous. Especially if it's low priced.

http://www.vanilla.com/html/facts-mexican.html

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/011207.html


PENZEY's ROCKS. Their store up here opens soon! I'll meet GB there!
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:31 AM   #14
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I can't wait Jenny!!!
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...PENZEY's ROCKS. Their store up here opens soon! I'll meet GB there!
Jen:

I'm looking forward to the store's opening as well. Do you know where its located?
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:49 AM   #16
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1293 Massachusetts Ave in Arlington. (781) 646-7707

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We could have a mini DC meeting there
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I use Tradewinds spices, which I buy from a restaurant supply store.
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I'm looking forward to the store's opening as well. Do you know where its located?
Sorry buddy! We'll ALL meet there!!
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1293 Massachusetts Ave in Arlington. (781) 646-7707

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We could have a mini DC meeting there

I think I'll do a drive-by and check it out.
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Old 05-27-2005, 03:40 PM   #20
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Well I took a short ride to check out the new Penzey's store. It's in Arlington, MA, just west of Boston. For locals, it's on Mass Ave. in Arlington Heights just East of the Lexington line.

It's a reasonably good sized store. I think it used to be a Chinese restaurant. It's set up in a rustic style with lots of wood crates stacked for shelving. The lone attendant was pleasant and helpful.

The price of gas was worth the savings in shipping costs and the immediate gratification of being able to carry my spices home with me.

I bought some smoked paprika, ground chipotle (a definite smoked flavor theme here) along with cayenne and French thyme. The prices appear to be the same as the catalog.
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