During the Age of Discovery, explorers would sail the untamed oceans in search of spices, even though their dinner was usually cold by the time they got back. Today's Groupon delivers a taste of new worlds in a fraction of the time. For $10, you get $20 worth of spices, hot sauces, condiments, and more at Adriana's Caravan.
Like an online Arabian bazaar, Adriana's Caravan stocks its cyber-stall with an encyclopedic array of spices, chilies, hot sauces, oils, and other ingredients, all broken down into easy-to-search categories. The bold flavor of pomegranate molasses ($5.95/14 oz.) adds an exotic sweetness to a standard-issue Thanksgiving turducken, while a dollop of chilie-spicy Indonesian Conimex Sambal Oelek ($8.50/13 oz.) will distract your taste buds from the fact that most of the things you feed them are made of wax. Owner Rochelle Zabarkes' cookbook, Adriana's Spice Caravan ($14.95), helps newbies navigate through the site's piquant plethora and demonstrates how to zazz up tomorrow's leftovers with such esoteric herbs and spices as sweet Moroccan dukkah ($11.95/5 oz.) and the Franco-flavored herbes de Provence ($14.95/5.3 oz.). Otherwise, test your tongue's ability to re-enter earth's atmosphere with hot sauces like Dave's Insanity ($7.95/5 oz.) or Toad Sweat Chocolate Orange Dessert Hot Sauce ($5.95), which add a spicy-sweet twist to classic desserts like ice cream tacos and Skittle-encrusted ham. The spice shop's customer service team is just a phone call away at all times, and will happily answer any spice questions that don't involve sandworms.
- All that said, my primary interest in the store has always been its imported items. These include hand painted dishes, baskets, funky refrigerator magnets, ornaments, tiles, stools, candles. . . Well, the list goes on and on! – Karen Little, Littleviews
- Aleppo pepper is sold in most good spice shops, like Adriana's Caravan – Amanda Hesser, New York Times