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Affordable Gourmet Store in Baltimore

bmorecupcake | Feb 12, 200803:50 AM

I'm looking for an affordable place to buy specialty items that cost an arm and a leg from "regular" stores. Specifically, vanilla beans and fleur de sel.

Somewhat related, but maybe not warranting a second post, I am having a hard time locating vanilla paste and Aleppo pepper. I could not find vanilla paste at Trader Joe's in Towson. I heard on Food Network that the paste does not contain alcohol (dietary restriction) like vanilla extract does, which is why I am interested. I have also heard of Vanilla Powders that do not contain alcohol, but looking online the ingredients in those has funny sounding chemicals. Even the TJ Vanilla Paste ingredients have "vanilla extract" listed, which contains alcohol, so the TJ brand might not work out for me. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.

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