I love food and the bonds that have been created over the years because of it. Food contributes to our lives and relationships in so many ways. Most everyone celebrates or commemorates occasions with some aspect of nourishment and food serves as a major component of the connections we make with people, places and experiences. When I find a new flavor or food that excites me, I want to share that experience. Perhaps in the course of your time shopping at Willy Street Co-op, you have come across some great products that convey your values, symbolize a bond, or illustrate your love of food. What better way to show someone you care than to nourish their mind and body with decadent chocolates, artisan cheese or extra virgin olive oil? If you seek to quench a thirst, perhaps a fine bottle of wine, locally crafted micro brew or hydrating coconut water would do the trick, or maybe there’s a hot sauce or mustard connoisseur on your list. Whatever the occasion, food is essential to life and is an excellent way to make a regular day special.

Spice It Up
As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life,” and that’s exactly what you’ll find next time you’re in the bulk aisle at Willy West—variety and spice for your life. A major component to cooking from scratch is spice. Spices are vital to cooking dishes to your custom preference for flavor. A simple pinch of spice and a dash of an herb can make your meal more delicious. Over the last year, we received a lot of requests for various spices, salts, herbs and seasoning blends. In response to the Owner feedback we refreshed the bulk aisle by expanding the spice and herb selection.

We added an additional four-foot section of shelving that contains over 50 new packaged spices and 18 bulk items. The packaged items allow Willy West to offer our biggest and most diverse selection of spices and spice blends ever. Amongst the packaged spices, you’ll find blends like Berbere seasoning (staple in Ethiopian cuisine) and Harissa (a component of Tunisian cuisine) seasonings. Also, now available are gourmet salts and peppercorns of the world which come with a refillable grinder. Additionally, a number of kitchen staples like oregano and cinnamon are also now offered in packaged containers, and the beauty is that you can refill these nicely labeled containers from the bulk spices.

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