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Spice Bazaar

Posted by CDB 19 Sep 2013 No Comments

I used to live much closer to this gem, so it has been a while since I perused its aisles packed with well-priced South Asian and Middle Eastern goodies.  Spice Bazaar is tucked away on that odd little street in front of Super Target, near Li Ming.

I went back last week and was happy to see that after 5 years or so, the place is going strong.  I picked up some mustard seeds, cardamom, coconut milk (on sale!), and chutneys.  As I was checking out, I noticed a box of puffy, golden pastries.

That’s right folks, instead of gum, candy bars, and magazines, near the cashier of this grocery store you will find homemade samosas.

They smelled delicious, and the young cashier noticed me eyeing them.  After being informed that they were only a buck, I gave in.   I took the little brown bag of delight with me to the car.  My plan was to drive home, not look the samosa directly in the eye–you know, show some discipline.  However, it called to me.

So, I devoured it right then and there.  It was fantastic in the way that home cooking is fantastic.  Not fancy, not perfect.  Just tasty and good.  It didn’t burst open with hot steam, but it wasn’t cold either.  It was warm to the touch.  It contained rice and potatoes and spices.  The texture was soft yet substantive.  It had a nice level of spice to it too–not overwhelming, just enough to create a bit of a tingle and make you want more. Next time I am in, I won’t try to resist.  It’s futile anyway.

I really like places like this in Durham.  They exist not just to provide the grocery needs for the larger community, but they become part of the community.  They become involved in local events, fundraisers, and outreach.  This place is worth supporting.

Check out the Spice Bazaar blog to see more pictures of their place, recipes, and a list of items for sale.


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