Seduced by Spice

| December 2, 2006 | 1 Comment

I’ve read all about Penzeys at my fellow bloggers’ sites. And everyone RAVES about them for their great spices and whatnot. I checked them out online and was impressed with the prices so I intended on ordering, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet.

You can imagine my pleasure and surprise recently when I was driving in Norwalk, Conn., on my way to the bank and I saw – in the brick and mortar – a Penzeys staring me down. It was before they were open so I couldn’t stop right then, but I made a mental note to drop in on my way home that night just to check it out.

Did I go back? You bet your sweet kettle I did!

I didn’t plan on buying much. Really. But there I was, surrounded by seasonings and spices that met my every need. I couldn’t resist the temptation and began filling my basket with little jars. Yes, I was seduced by the spices . . .

One of the best things about the store though was the staff, who were so friendly and helpful. Having worked in the retail industry for more years than I care to remember, I really appreciate a store associate who takes the time to ask NICELY if you need her and one who smiles. A smile goes a very long way.

In any case, here’s the swag:

So far, we’ve used the mulling spices in hot cider (mmmmmm!), the crystallized ginger in cranberry chutney (mmmmmmm!) and the Chicago Steak Seasoning on steak (triple mmmmmm!). I can definitely see what all the fuss is about.

The moral of the story? Penzeys has storefronts! And if there isn’t one in your area, you can still order online.

Category: spices/herbs

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Kalyn says:

    Penzeys is 100% awesome. And even if you have to order online, the shipping is quite reasonable.

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