Spice and Tea Exchange in Boca Raton Offers Everything From Coconut Salt to Beer Powder

Paulette and Gordon Callendar want to spice up your life. And they're not kidding. To prove it, they've just opened Spice and Tea Exchange in Boca Raton's oh-so-tony Mizner Park.  

One of a dozen of the upscale boutiques in the country, the Boca Exchange features whole and ground spices, herbs and chilies, plus sugars and salts and teas. Also offered: more than 170 spices, 20 kinds of salt, 30 varieties of tea,

sugars flavored with everything from coconut to espresso, and rices

ranging from Chinese "forbidden" to lemon-orzo. Most come in one- or

four-ounce bags with prices starting under $5. 

Among some of

the really cool stuff: beer powder, dehydrated, nonalcoholic brewski

for when snorting Bud from the can is just too much trouble; blue

cheese powder, which should be pretty tasty sprinkled on popcorn or

potato chips; ground habanero chilies, in case nitroglycerin just isn't

hot enough for you; applewood-smoked sea salt, which gives foods that

barbecue touch even if you're not barbecuing; and pale green bamboo

rice, a short-grain rice infused with bamboo juice. 

Spice, after all, is the variety of life.

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