|All photos by Nicole Danna|
|Spice Galore owners Aimee Ortega and Vitoria Nodarse.|
It's another quiet afternoon at Spice Galore -- until a new customer bursts through the back door nearly sprinting to a row of glass jars containing various spice blends. Her first words as she hurries across the small space: "I'm SO excited! I've been feeling like a crack head ever since I ran out."
A self-described addict, the fix she's craving isn't something you snort or smoke. The mystery substance this zealous customer is looking for isn't any sort of illegal drug -- but it can be hard to find if you don't know where to look.
It's a rare blend of Middle Eastern herbs known as za'atar, a combination of dried sumac, sesame and thyme. The woman said her friend first discovered it at a specialty spice shop in Montreal, Quebec. When he brought some back and began cooking with it, she was instantly hooked. Naturally, both were delighted when they found a simliar shop in Miami that carried, among other things, za'atar.More »
Now they can't get enough of it, and the only place guaranteed to have it fresh is Spice Galore, Miami's first eco-friendly, semi-organic local purveyor of high-end salts, spices, sugars, loose leaf teas and various other rare or hard-to-find ingredients.