If you live in Calgary, or are visiting Calgary you should definitely stop by Silk Road Spice Merchants. Kelci and Colin, owners, fashionistas, and the loveliest faces I see at the Farmer’s Market each week have just branched out from their market store, to a store in trendy Ramsay 2010 11st SE. They specialize in spices from all over the world. I’ve honestly never been in such a one-stop shop like this one. Every Friday at the Market, I leave Picky Princess jumping in the bouncy castle with Sexy Husband close by and sneak over to their kiosk. This is where my spending money goes. Each week Kelci is on hand with exciting news of the latest mix for me to try, or Colin is happy to explain to me which region I should get the cinnamon from. I love them and secretly consider them my friends(I guess it’s not a secret anymore!)
The new store just opened up last week so Picky Princess and I ventured down there today to check it out. She LOVED the vintage wooden kitchen set and went right to work making soup while I perused. It is gorgeous: exposed brick, hard wood floor, perfect warm light. The exotic looking furniture is reason enough to check it out; made me dream of shopping in markets in Asia, and purchasing vintage treasures from the Middle East.
My personal collection of their spices includes: green thai curry, tandoori masala, fleur de sel, saigon cinnamon, lavender, marrakesh salmon rub, saltwater chili lime seasoning, aleppo chiles and greek seasoning. And because I want YOU to see just what I’m talking about, I’ve got a fig & fennel first ever GIVEAWAY!!!! Here’s how you do it. Go to their website http://silkroadspices.ca and click on browse our spices. Then leave me a comment with which spice you would love to try. I will enter all the names into a hat and draw later this week. I will mail the winner 2 fabulous spice bottles: Silk Road All Purpose Blend and (my favorite) Saigon Cinnamon.
You can also follow their blog at http://silkroadspices.wordpress.com and make sure to check out this great article on them from Calgary Avenue Magazine: http://www.avenuecalgary.com/articles/page/item/style-q-%2526amp%3B-a%3A-kelci-hind%2C-colin-leach