Friday, October 12, 2007

One Shop Two Shops Red Salt Blue Salt

After a pleasant lunch at the AllStar Sandwich Bar located in Inman Square, we passed by a small shop right next to one of my favorite ice cream stops, Christina's. In fact, the second shop was ALSO called Christina's only instead of ice cream, it specialized in SPICE. And not just any spice. Walk into the pumpkin-hued small, well-packed shop and you will see a large wooden table in the center of the room. Filling the table compartments is any number of exotic spices and seasonings. From bee pollen and mace to smoked paprika and zaatar, the choices seem endless. Along the walls are stacked over a dozen types of salt (lavender salt, red salt, black salt, grey salt, blue salt...), jars of preserved food stuffs and packets of rice (red rice, green rice, black rice...)

The owner of Christina's Spices and Christina's Ice Cream next door is one Raymond Ford, a gentleman who studied in Cambridge, England and then came to Boston to teach social theory. He eventually gave up on academia and moved onto business, taking over Christina's Ice Cream and later opening Christina's spice. Most of his clients are local restaurants so turnover is rapid and the spices are fresh.

Of course, this fabulous spice spot is no new discovery of mine. The Phantom Gourmet wrote a blurb about the place as well. Take their word for it (or mine), Christina's is absolutely worth a visit.
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Christina's Spice and Specialty Foods
1261 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 492-7021

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