Bazaar Spices | Stop and Smell Me (Issue 4)


Spring is officially here and we have some great news to share. We're official! Thanks to you, our customers, and your support Bazaar Spices has officially joined the Union Market merchant community and over the next few weeks we will be moving into our permanent location within the market, across from Cordial Wine. These first few months have been great. Meeting many new people and  learning from our customers about the many different types and uses of spices and herbs has been the most enjoyable part (long hours eh..not so much!).  As a result of listening to you our product offerings have expanded to one of the widest range of unique spices, herbs, rice, flour, beans and lentils in the District.  A big "thank you" again!  Take a read through the rest of our newsletter to see what's new and fresh in the world of Bazaar Spices.

Upcoming Event: Sri Lankan Home Cooking

On Thursday, April 11th at 6:30pm at Bazaar Spices in Union Market, we welcome author and gastronaut Skiz Fernando as he discusses the practical and health benefits of using spices in your cooking as well as demystifying some of these “exotic” ingredients often found in Sri Lankan cuisine.  For your sampling pleasure, he will also offer a demonstration and tasting of his famous chicken curry from his recent cookbook, Rice & Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking (Hippocrene Books, 2011),  a New York Times notable cookbook, which put Sri Lankan food on the map. Skiz also creates his Original Sri Lankan Roasted Curry powder, a unique blend of 13 different ingredients, which forms the basis of most Sri Lankan curries. He also produces a cooking show on YouTube called “Pan Asian,” which features simple, healthy, and delicious dishes from all over Asia. Hope you will join us for this exciting and delicious event! Sign up today!

Upcoming Event: Cooking with Edible Flowers

On Thursday, April 25th at 6pm at Bazaar Spices in Union Market will host its first ever "Cooking with Edible Flowers" discussion and demonstration. Have you ever used Calendula flowers in your salads? Lavender in your ice cream? Rose petals on your desserts? During this event, we will describe what edible flowers are and their health benefits. We will cover how you can use edible flowers in your home cooking. Hope you will join us for this exciting event! Click here to register.

In the Capital: Union Market's Bazaar Spices Brings Much Needed Flavor to D.C.'s Food Scene

We wanted to share with you this fun and entertaining article by Carl Pierre of In the Capital about our shop, Bazaar Spices.

"Speaking as somebody who rarely shops for food ingredients that are out of the ordinary, I've always lived under the assumption that finding exotic spices for complex dishes was too lofty of a goal for a simple D.C. guy like myself. Outside of a dash of paprika (or cumin if I'm feeling really crazy), I rarely stray outside of the typical bachelor fare of salt, pepper, and garlic. Thankfully for my pallad, I recently  had a bit of an inner 'food awakening' when I visited Union Market's most recent injection of flavor to its already burgeoning open food market, Bazaar Spices." Click here to read more.

Blog Post and Recipe: Lavender Roasted Chicken

Loving this delicious blog post and recipe by Miss Vic's Kitchen using some of our culinary grade lavender! Lavender Roasted Chicken, Saffron, Zucchini and Herb Couscous and Honey-Glazed Carrots.

1 whole chicken,
2 tbsp thyme, minced
2 tbsp rosemary, minced
2 tbsp sage, minced
2 tsp lavender, minced
½ of a lemon, juice
¼ cup honey
2 tbsp EVOO (Click here for more)


Vote on the Best Spice Cabinet in Washington, DC!

Let the voting begin! Thanks to everyone who entered our "Show Us Your Spice Cabinet Contest." We received a number of unique entries! The spice cabinet/drawer/rack with the most number of votes by April 8th will win a $25 gift certificate to Bazaar Spices, a special gift, and bragging rights to having the best spice rack in DC! Click here to vote for your favorite spice cabinet in Washington, DC!

Love Spices, Herbs, and All Things Natural?

Love Spices, Herbs, and All Things Natural? Love to cook and share your knowledge of how spices and herbs blend together? Got good listening skills? YOU are the type of person we are looking for to help us part-time at our shop in Union Market DC. Previous retail experience is helpful. Friendliness and reliability are a necessity! If you or anyone you know may be interested, please feel free to email us at today!

Blog Post: Spices and Health, A Lifelong Waltz

Thanks to everyone who came out to Bazaar Spices on March 20th to hear Deepa Patke of Aromatic Spice Blends speak about current scientific research on the effects of spices on our immune system. Deepa touched upon environmental stress factors that lead to internal conditions such as oxidation and inflammation and other conditions; its causes..both, internal and external; the effects on our immune system; how spices have been used in Ayurveda to combat these conditions and diseases; different spices and their specific roles; references of current research articles; and how to incorporate spices into our daily lives to support a healthy immune system. Check out our latest blog post recapping the evening.

Bazaar Spices Proudly Supports Miriam's Kitchen

Bazaar Spices proudly supports Miriam's Kitchen's 100 Bowls of Compassion Event on May 2, 2013, 6pm to 9:30pm. 100 Bowls of Compassion, brings together more than 700 of Miriam’s Kitchen supporters at The National Building Museum. If food is your passion and you would like to help end chronic homelessness in DC, this event is for you. Click here for more information.

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