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LAist Goes Shopping: The Spice Station

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A branch-shaded brick alleyway slopes downward, as the midday sun illuminates the large blackboard bearing the names of spices familiar and unusual. Follow the cheery yellow and orange placards with the arrows down to a calming courtyard with a fountain, then take a deep breath and prepare to enter a world of flavor and aroma.

Silver Lake's The Spice Station is the place to go if you love to cook, or are open to taking the food you make at home to a whole new level. Tall, round jars line the back wall, while the rest of the open space has sections of small spice jars with screw-tops you can open and boldly take a whiff. "These are not the spice you'll find in your grocery store," explained an employee. These are fresh spices, sold by the ounce and bagged or tinned on site for you. They'll last about a year, but should ideally be used within 6 months to capture their peak flavors and potency. At the Spice Station you'll find "over 200 spices and salts from all over the world, right from the source."