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Old March 20th, 2003, 01:55 PM
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On a western cruise where is the best place to get spices?

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Old March 20th, 2003, 02:22 PM
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Hi, Mary Margaret ...

Grocery stores.

What sort of spices, in particular, are you interested in?

The best value in Mexico is REAL vanilla.

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Old March 20th, 2003, 04:36 PM
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Got some wonderful vanilla right at the port in Cozumel.
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Old March 20th, 2003, 07:32 PM
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Ah so vanila is the thing to buy, how much does it cost there and what makes it so different from what we get her.
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Mexican vanilla has a different flavor than the typical vanilla extract you would buy in the U.S. It is actually very inexpensive. You can get a huge bottle for just a few dollars. Be careful that the vanilla you buy is labelled "coumarin-free" as some Mexican vanilla contains coumarin, a potentially toxic substance. Some shops sell an imitation Mexican vanilla which tastes pretty much the same as the real thing and is coumarin-free. I bought mine from the shop right on Carnival's pier and didn't realize until I got home that it was imitation; but it tastes the same.

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if your ships stops in Grenada that is known as the "Spice Island"- that's the place to buy - whole spices --- if not then i agree with the others about buying vanilla in Mexico
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Mary Margaret,,,,,,,you can also get kahlua at a good price.<bg>

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Thank you all very much for the information...Kahlua sounds good too!

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Are you going to Jamaica? Get some of the spices to make "jerk" pork and chicken....should be able to buy the spices bottled.

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We buy hot sauce wherever we go. My recent fave. from Belize, is "Wimps Not Need Apply". We also got a grapefruit pulp habanero. WOW!
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Pamda beat me to the punch....there are a lot of local hot sauces and barbeque sauces out there......have had some pretty good results with some of them (some burn my tastebuds so badly that it is relegated to the stock that goes to my brother!)

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Anyone who made it though habenaro sauce is brave. Those are some of the hottest peppers on earth. They make regular jalapenos look like candy.

All the vanilla they sell right at the pier in Mexico is labeled as courmine free right on the bottle and that is the first thing the salespeople tell you if you linger around the vanillla for anytime.

They have some really good khalua filled chocolates. Very tasty but you can get a buzz from eating to many as it is real liqour inside. Much better then the tequila filled chocolates. Those definately had some liqour in them.
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Oh, I'm brave when it comes to hot, Michelle !!!

As to Grenada, if you take the trip to the top of the volcano, the prices there for spices are less than those portside.

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as far as the vanilla goes..what do they charge for it?

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I bought an 4 ounce bottle of pure courmaine free vanilla in Cozumel for about $3.99 two years ago.

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