Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The Spice Trader
There's nothing like a glorious, sunny day to take a stroll along Queen Street West in Toronto. It's a street "in transition" - meaning there's everything from used furniture and appliance stores and tons of dollar stores on one end of the spectrum to cool art galleries, trendy local designer fashion shops and hip pint-sized restaurants, to say nothing about the people watching opportunities.
One of my favorite shops is The Spice Trader. As the name implies they have spices from around the world and I love shopping there. For one thing, it's so zen and peaceful, with stunning presentations, as you can see.
Another reason to go there is the variety and quality of their products. Today I bought some Ceylon Cinnamon, last time was lavender and vanilla beans. What can I say besides spectacular. In fact, don't tell anyone, but sometimes I just open the tin to take a sniff. It transports me to a wonderful exotic place - bye bye stress!
Lastly, the owners Allison Johnston and Neil Bougourd are so passionate about their business that it's truly contagious. Stay tuned for a chat with them in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, what wonderful dish will I use my latest purchase for?
Related links: Food and Drink spices