i was lucky enough this holiday to go on a looong vacation to spend some much needed time with family and friends. after the holidays in chicago, i visited one of my best friends, miss jhongz, who lives in ann arbor michigan. i used to visit ann arbor at least once a year when i was an undergrad. always a good time! this was my first time visiting since senior year and i was introduced to a whole new kind of ann arbor. i fell completely in love all over again with ann arbor and i wanted to share a few favorite spots in case you ever find yourself in the neighborhood.
spice merchants. the smell alone can make you dizzy with joy. the rich, spicy, herby, smell of spice merchants hits you before even stepping through the doors. the space is so beautiful. wall after wall filled with jars of various spices. everything is neatly organized and labeled. good thing too because you could easily lose your head with excitement. you can get the standard cinnamon, oregano, and peppercorn but they also offer hand blended spice mixes. you can get fish rubs, popcorn seasonings, chili seasonings, curries, soup blends, black truffle sea salt, and the list goes on and on. i was having trouble deciding so the sales lady told me to feel free to open the jars and take a sniff. that actually made things even more difficult because they all smelled SO GOOD. don't live close by? no worries! you can order everything from their website http://spicemerchants.biz.
recipes from their website, all of which were created by their staff!
the next time i head out to ann arbor, i'll have to add another place to this list of favorites... lab! lab is a coffee+tea+yogurt cafe that will be opened any day now by none other than miss jhongz and mr twac. i've seen the space and even though it wasn't finished yet, it's already beautiful. i can't wait to see you and lab again!
image from lab