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Spice, Tea, and… Romance??

Pooja and Sanjay

The spice shop is a special place for many of us, staff and customers alike. For two decades we’ve swapped stories of favorite recipes and moments shared, but recently we heard a story that touched us like no other.

Meet Pooja, and her groom-to-be, Sanjay. They first found each other on an online dating site, but when discussing a place to meet in person, Sanjay suggested World Spice. On the 15th of January, 2012 the couple met for the first time right here in our shop, and spent the afternoon sharing  stories about spices and favored dishes. For the couples’ second date, Pooja prepared a pumpkin coconut curry and Harissa shrimp, and they realized a mutual love of ethnic foods, and big flavors. “We feel lucky to have found each other,” Pooja told us. Fast forward to February of 2013, and the happy couple is preparing to marry, still eating together, and when their busy schedules allow, they’re cooking meals like grilled Tandoori chicken with roasted onions and peppers, and spicy burgers with sweet potato fries.

Sanjay and Pooja's Adorable Wedding Favor!

Herbs and spices are deeply rooted in romantic tradition. Giving gifts of spices for weddings is still very much alive. In modern times, spices can symbolize a fresh start. Pooja and Sanjay are giving away small tins of Indian Garam Masala to the friends and family who are sharing their special day. Congratulations, Pooja and Sanjay, we wish you a long and happy life together, full of love, spice, passion, and good food!

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Roasted Quail Feast for Valentines Day

Exotic. Aromatic. Romantic. We prepared this intimate feast with a table for two in mind. Using Ras El Hanout, which contains a hint of Moroccan rose petals, succulent quail are pefectly roasted and finished with a finger licking honey glaze.  Our Wild Rice Pilaf accompaniment features the bold flavor of cassia cinnamon while Paradise Pistachio Relish combines grains of paradise and Aleppo pepper to bring everything together for a memorable Valentine’s Day Feast, we’ll leave the desert up to you.

Honey Roasted Quail


Honey Glazed Roasted Quail

Honey Glazed Roasted Quail



    For the Brine
  1. Bring water to a boil in a large stock pot. Once boiled, remove from heat and add sugar and salt. Stir until sugar and salt have dissolved. and add enough ice to bring water volume to 1 gallon
  2. Once the brine has cooled, add quail and spices and refrigerate for 2 1/2 hours.
  3. For the Quail
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Remove quail from brine and pat dry with paper towels Set aside to bring to room temperature, about 30-40 minutes.
  6. While quail are setting, melt butter in a small skillet, add Ras el Hanout, whisk and remove from heat. Apply butter mixture liberally to quail.
  7. Roast quail, preferably on a grill rack, for 12-17 minutes
  8. For the Glaze
  9. In a small saucepan, heat honey and coriander over medium heat, stirring often, until honey is reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Discard coriander seeds.
  10. With a pastry brush, glaze the roasted quail with honey and finish with Sel de Mer.
  11. Serve with rice pilaf and pistachio relish (recipes below)

Wild Rice Pilaf


  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 3-3 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 4 tablespoons dates, chopped
  • 1 3" cassia cinnamon
  • 2 Turkish bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a small saucepan, brink stock to boil. Add rice, cinnamon stick and bay leaf, reduce heat and simmer until rice kernels open, about 45-50 minutes.
  2. While rice cooks, saute onion on medium heat until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add garlic to onions and continue sauteing until garlic is lightly browned.
  3. When rice is nearly cooked, add onion/garlic mixture, and dates. Cover until the dates have dehydrated, about 10 minutes.
  4. Season with salt to taste

Paradise Pistachio Relish


  • 1 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Aleppo pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground grains of paradise
  • Salt to taste


  1. Use the bottom of a bowl to roughly crush pistachios.
  2. Combine pistachios, parsley, mint, garlic and lemon in a mixing bowl. Slowly add olive oil, mixing as you go, then add Aleppo pepper, grains of paradise and salt.
  3. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

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