Penzey’s Spices – West Hartford, CT

Penzeys West Hartford CenterA couple of years ago for Christmas, our friends Tom and Heather gave me what I think is just the most awesome gift ever – a gift box from Penzey’s Spices.  I know, it probably doesn’t sound that exciting to most people, but the spices were really great – they were of an excellent quality and even the packaging made me really happy – it came with Bay Leaves!  Tom and Heather got me the 8 piece “Some Like It Hot” set (naturally) that includes their Spicy 4/S Special Seasoned Sea Salt, Chili Powder, Curry Powder, Northwoods Fire Seasoning, Vindaloo Seasoning, Ground Chipotle Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, and the Galena Street Rib Rub.  And they were all incredible!

8 Jar Some Like It Hot

Since it has been a couple of years since receiving the set, I’m out of most of them – and almost out of the few I have left.  I’ve been meaning for a while to go to the store to replenish  my supply.  And then came Mother’s Day…  As always,  I had no idea what to get for a few of the moms on my list and then it hit me – a gift box from Penzey’s!  The perfect gift for the mom who loves to cook!  No, not my mom (mom’s more of a baker than a cook – I ended up getting her some jewelery and a CD that she wanted).  This would be a great gift for my Aunt Karen, who is quite the cook.

So last Saturday morning, I called up my mom to see if she wanted to join me on my adventure in West Hartford Center, where the nearest Penzey’s is located.  Of course she did, because who wouldn’t want to spend their free time on a Saturday looking at various spices with me?  She had to spend her morning logged on to work, but she was finally able to join me around 2PM and when we finally got there, the place was hopping!  Who knew?  But I could see why it’s so popular – we probably could have spent an hour or more in there!  There was so much to look at and to choose from!  I also didn’t realize that they had so many different gift sets.  It was really quite difficult to pick out the right one.


In the end I chose the 4 jar Grill and Broil set for my Aunt Karen and mom ended up getting the same set for my father for their anniversary.

grill and broil set

I didn’t  end up grabbing anything for myself  this time as we just didn’t have that sort of time on our hands.  I honestly  think I would need at least a solid hour to poke around and figure out exactly what I wanted, but I definitely plan to make a trip back there very soon!

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