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Evanston, IL: The Spice House and Olive Mountain Restaurant

March 7, 2007

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  1. March 7, 2007 5:07 pm

    That sounds like a great day out! I love the photo of your goodies. I love the colour of whatever they are sitting on (is it your kitchen counter?). Have you any plans for what you are going to use the pomegranate molasses for? I made BBQ Pomegranate Tofu from VWaV and now I am not sure what to do with the rest…if you have ideas I’d love to know!

  2. March 7, 2007 5:52 pm

    Oh my gosh- I’m jealous! You got such good spices- and the little bottles are darling! For someone who’s… shall we say, obsessive about storage, those bottles are like nirvana. =)
    Amchoor is an Indian spice I haven’t used yet- also asafoetida. I’ll be really interested in seeing how you use it!

    And that restaurant sounds fab. Sigh. I wish I could visit Evanston.

    Oh… my birthday is 3/27. I’m supposedly an aries, but I so don’t feel like one!

  3. March 7, 2007 9:34 pm

    I know you had a blast in the spice store. I often fantasize about opening my own spice shop and baking little goodies to leave out. I can’t wait to see what you concoct with your purchases! Your falafel lunch sounds great – such great food at a great price.

  4. March 8, 2007 8:42 am

    Scottishvegan, yep, that’s our kitchen counter in the condo we’re renting. I’ve got a few recipes I’m going to try with pomegranate molasses so stay tuned 🙂 I’ve got one recipe already on my menu plan for next week.

    Bazu, I fell in love with all those little bottles too…they had so many neat spices and exrtacts…I wish I could have bought them all. LOL Too bad you’re not close to Chicago. I’d be up for Olive Mountain food anytime and I can’t resist that lunch special they have. My dad is an aries too, his birthday is 3/29. I’m a scorpio and they’re supposedly extremely stubborn…I don’t think I am but I’m sure there are people who beg to differ! LOL

    Diann, the spice store was so much fun. Rob enjoyed it too, namely trying out the taster bottles. LOL If you had a spice store, there would be lines out the door of people trying to get your baked good samples 😀 I can’t wait to get starting cooking and baking up a storm this weekend with my new extracts and spices.

  5. March 8, 2007 9:56 am

    oh that all sounds so lovely! i love fava beans. and i’ve never tried pomegranate molasses, but it sounds divine.

  6. March 8, 2007 2:49 pm

    Ooh the Spice House sounds like a fun place! I wish I had uniform bottles for all my spices…my cupboard is literally overflowing and dying to be organized. I think I actually saw pomegranate molasses at Whole Foods recently. Do you use it like regular molasses?

    Evanston is a neat town. You should check out Blind Faith Cafe next time you’re there – it’s pretty tasty.

  7. March 9, 2007 2:10 pm

    Pinknest, oh good, another fava bean fan 🙂 I’m really anxious to try out the Spice House pom. molasses. It smells so good.

    Kati, yep, you can use it like regular molasses, although it seems to be used predominately in cooking, not so much in baking. I’ve heard of the Blind Faith Cafe before. Thanks for letting me know it’s tasty. 🙂

    I know we’ll be going back to Evanston again…The Spice House was awesome. They have one in Chicago too…their web site says it’s in Old Town.

  8. March 10, 2007 7:42 pm

    I like the spice house a lot better than penzeys. I’ve only done a mail order from the spice house though. The ppl who own both companies are related somehow. I like the packaging better from the spice house.

  9. damewigginsoflee permalink
    March 19, 2007 1:31 pm

    This is good to know. We were thinking of checking this place out next weekend. Thanks for the recommendations.

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