Thursday, October 22, 2009

Anatomy of a Grocery Trip: Limbo

I'm still coming down from the high of being in the front row for Alicia Silverstone's talk about her book, The Kind Diet, last night at Powell's. So, if I start chanting about the beauty of kale in this post, you know why.

A trip for spices & tea.

This past weekend, I hit up Limbo for bulk spices, tea and a couple other goodies. It had been far too long. They usually have crazy deals on $1 produce bags ready for smoothies and juicing, and random vegetables, like 2 bell peppers for a $1, and of course, local and organic produce, but I was all set at home so I stuck to bulk shopping. I tend to go there more regularly come late fall and winter in Portland - tea weather!

Their selection of bulk herbs and tea is massive. If you're in Portland and and appreciate buying in bulk, and having a huge variety of chili powders to choose from, you must go.

My teas included herbal chai, blackberry black and a citrus based dental health herbal tea.
I am constantly drinking tea at work in my Bodum teapot, there's a pot of the blackberry by my side as I type this.

Garlic is $3.49/lb at Limbo, so I grab many. The tiny lemons were 10 cents a piece, and being out of organic lemon juice at home, I went for five.

Spices: The return of smoked paprika into my life. If you read What the hell does a vegan eat anyway? you know it rules. I was on a huge roasted potatoes with smoked paprika kick a few years ago, myself, I couldn't make them enough! Cumin - it took me a few years to realize this, but I dig it. Coriander - I plan on baking falafel soon. Paprika & Ginger - of course. I like to keep fresh ginger at home, but powdered comes in handy. And last, but not least - Ancho Chili powder. It's superb and used in a few of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's recipes. I've already used it in a cheezy sauce this week and I want to bake kale chips dusted with it!

14 comments:

Saphi said...

Hi! Love your blog by the way. When you make your baked falafel, would you mind posting how you do it, please? Thanks so much!

sgcorrie said...

When you say garlic is $3.49, you mean a pound, right? :-)

The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

i'm stocking up on garlic myself. the farmer's market here sells them 4 bulbs for $1. I have like 20 bulbs right now haha!

herbstsonne said...

MMM I love blackberry black tea! Always makes me feel cozy.

Mary said...

I've been stocking up on tea as well. I love this chilly weather!

The Voracious Vegan said...

What a fun place to shop, everything looks delicious and like so much fun to cook with.

Debra said...

All of you Oregonians are making me miss my home! We lived in Portland for 1 year but then moved to Astoria were we lived for 10 years. THe kids and I miss it but hubby says "no way!" So we stay in the mountains of California an hour from Lake Tahoe- at least in the winter it reminds us of home..
Debra @ Vegan Family Style
ps don't forget the giveaway on my blog

tofu said...

smoked paprika, does in fact, rule. ;)

Tracy Warner said...

bulk spices make me smile

Whitney @ Lettuce Love said...

I swoon for garlic.

Erica said...

i have the same teapot! but mine has a black lid i/o silver.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

I love posts like this because it is so interesting to see what people stock in their pantries and kitchens.

I need to find a store with a good selection of bulk spices. I haven't found one yet over here.

bed and breakfast said...

OMG. I love the way you blog about this. Would you mind if I repost this?

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