John’s best man, RJ, gave us a Penzey’s Spices giftcard as part of our wedding gift. I have been dying to use it. I discovered Penzey’s when I moved to Somerville two years ago. It’s located in the same neighborhood as our favorite Trader Joe’s and butcher.
Penzey’s is an amazing spice shop that is located in the next town over, Arlington. However Penzey’s is nationally renowned and runs a very successful online catalog too. The quality of the spices are the best I’ve ever had. Also, the store is quaint, you can see and smell every spice they offer, and the selection is enormous.
(Crappy interior cell phone pictures)
I left with a huge haul and grin on my face. Another thing I love about Penzey’s? Their hand printed bags.
I got Italian dressing base (just add oil and vinegar), Chinese 5 spice, Madagascar vanilla beans, powdered ginger, California seasoned pepper (seasoned with red and green bell peppers), medium hot crushed red pepper, and aleppo pepper.
So good! Expect a ton of recipes coming up featuring these new spices!