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"Lettuce, like conversation, requires a good deal
of oil, to avoid friction, and keep the company
smooth....You can put anything, and the more
things the better, into salad, as into a conver-
sation, but everything depends upon the skill of

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(All photographs, unless otherwise cited, copyright
Kristin Halgedahl Photography 2016)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Savory Spice Shop Spells SEASONAL SENSATION!

Penzey Spices, warhorse of the mainstream retail spice industry, promising to come to Santa Rosa, CA soon, and has not, finds itself overshadowed by the little spice shop franchise that could, and has -- Savory Spice Shop, downtown at 317 D Street. Quite simply, they've got everything you want and need stocked on shelves in the most stunning interior renovation I've seen in many years. (I lived downtown for eight years -- I know)  They have 400 spices, 140 blends, 15 salts and peppercorns and assorted spice accessories. Co-owners Pat Benfer and Cheryl Ytreeide are friendly, knowledgeable and deadly serious about their products. It's really a pleasure to spend time in this store. I'll let my pictures do the talking.

"Hazelnuts and camomile, mignonettes and laurel, honeycombs and cinnamon, thyme, mint and garlic. This is all we shepherds can offer you."

-from Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors


"The herbs and spices are the windows;
they let in the sunshine."  - Paul Prudhomme

"Sugar and spice and everything nice."

Everything is freshly ground on premises, of course, so the smell in the store is
heavenly and lingers all the way home. Do yourself a favor and shop here. It's absolutely fantastic --  a new small business to be thankful for. Long may it thrive!

Savory Spice Shop
317 D Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 284-1310