Ancient Egyptians often threw salt up to the heavens to bring rain, which is why modern humans throw pepper at vending machines to summon Diet Coke. Enjoy a showering of seasonings with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fine spices and kitchen products from Pendery's World of Chiles & Spices.
Founded as a spice trader that made deliveries via horse-drawn stagecoach in 1870, Pendery's World of Chiles & Spices continues to stock customers with fine, fresh spices and original seasoning blends. Airtight parcels preserve blends and rubs that enhance a variety of dishes, ranging from an oven-smoked barbecue rub for juicy ribs and brisket ($5.30/8 oz.) to an apple-pie spice for blinding gingerbread ninjas ($7.14/8 oz.). The store’s collection of chilies includes appearances by smoke-dried golden jalapeños ($16.20/8 oz.), ground chilies arranged alphabetically, and whole or diced pods to get taste buds pounding. Cast magic peppercorn dust on grilled steaks to give them an extra-zesty aroma ($7.46/8 oz.). Mash feelings of inferiority and ungrounded herbs with a large black-marble mortar-and-pestle bowl ($17.99) and line shelves with spice containers to store the ashes of old love letters.