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Portland Spice Market

Dan S | Feb 22, 2005 10:30 AM

This place, in the Portland Public Market, is fantastic - and easy to overlook, or perhaps confuse with the many overpriced, lackluster stalls in the same space. They carry a wide range of products, from spices (duh), to tea, to a surprisingly good selection of ethnic specialties (tamale shells, spring roll wrappers, multiple varieties of thai fish sauce, noodles, chili sauces, fancy french mustard, olive oil and vinegar, truffles and truffle oil, the list goes on and on). What's more, the owner (I think his name is Mike, but I might be remembering wrong), as well as the other staff, are extremely knowledgable about the products they sell (I asked for advice on preparing spring rolls, after I was moved to try making them when I saw the appropriate wrappers and noodles, and I got some very sound advice). Best of all, the prices are entirely reasonable. There are many, many very inexpensive products, and even the luxury items (like truffle oil) are less expensive here than in other local places (e.g. Brown's Trading or LeRoux Kitchen shop on Commercial Street). This place is really a treasure.

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