Mortar And Pestle
The mortar and pestle are back, and they are the best way to get the most from your spices.
The Daily Grind
<< Carrara marble mortar with beechwood pestle.
Using a mortar and pestle to grind your spices, herbs, and nuts is the best way to release their oils, and, when done carefully, it produces a finer and more flavorful result than using a food processor.
Hand carved, granite mortar and pestle. $24.95 at Crate & Barrel. 3104 Knox St. 214-634-2277. >>
$80 at Williams-Sonoma. 51 Highland Park Village. 214-219-1753.
Lava rock mortar and pestle. $12.50 at Oil & Vinegar. Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. 972-788-2722. >>
<< Beechwood mortar and stainless steel pestle
by designer Pil Bredahl. $145 at http://momastore.org
Ready to Rub?
Here are the best places to shop for whole spices and herbs.
The city’s most extensive collection of Middle Eastern spices can be found here. 1907 Greenville Ave. 214-824-8860.
Discover hard-to-find Asian herbs in the heart of the Oak Lawn area. 4305 Maple Ave. 214-443-9670.
Albaraka Halal Meat
Mad for masala? This Richardson shop’s Indian spices will open your eyes (and sinuses). 200 W. Polk St., Richardson. 972-680-1016.
Carnival Food Store
This Latin American market boasts bulk spices at cheap prices. 1800 N. Henderson Ave. 214-826-8470.
Now this is one-stop shopping: more than 250 spices, seasonings, and herbs. If you need it, Penzeys has it. 12835 Preston Rd. 972-392-7777.