Travel is the spice of life, and World Spice Merchants in Seattle offer first-class spices.
What Traveler doesn’t love spices? Spices have historically been the greatest travel souvenir. The spice trade transformed Europe, and the world. Its difficult, sometimes impossible to get the right spice ingredients for cooking international curries, sauces, and recipes! For good or bad, we don’t have easy access to a world of spice. For that reason, if you’re in Seattle, a visit to World Spice Merchants is like a journey around the world. They are just on the back street from Pike Place Market.The aromatic effect of spices invoke the memory of every amazing dish cooked up in every kitchens I’ve had the pleasure to be invited into around the world. The wafting smells of garlic, kencur, langkuas, and kemiri on a damp morning in Java, as Ibu Hariyono is frying up some nasi goreng for breakfast. So many times since, I wished I could make this and other dishes, just to bring back the memories, the delicious cooking smells that were so divine and unique to a place. After savouring the Trio of Potatoes, and dipping the wedges in Art Restaruant & Lounge’s own made Hickory Smoked Salt – I had to pick up some smoked salt to take home. I’ve tossed this Alderwood Smoked Salt on grilled salmon, and on a fresh avocado and arugula salad. So good.
“What we know is that smell is the oldest sense, having its origins in the rudimentary senses for chemicals in air and water – senses that even bacteria have. Before sight or hearing, before even touch, creatures evolved to respond to chemicals around them.”
BBC Future : Why can smells unlock forgotten memories?
If only you could smell these spices over the internet, heaven.
Some of my favourite spice blends from World Spice Merchants Seattle:
Harissa : Contains cumin, coriander, caraway, guajillo chiles, smoked paprika and garlic.
Ras el Hanout : Contains Ajwain, Grains of Paradise, Long Peppers and Nigella.
Chinese Five Spice : Contains Star Anise, Szechuan Peppercorns, Fennel, Clove, and Cassia.
Le Quebecois Steak Spice : A rough and chunky mix of Tellicherry Black Pepper, Garlic, Onion, Bell Pepper, Thyme, Caraway, Coriander and Kosher salt.
There are also some fabulous recipes and a great blog on the World Spice Merchants website.
World Spice Merchants
1509 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm