The Spice & Tea Exchange, St. Armands Circle

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Spice & Tea Exchange St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, Florida bulk teas, spices, rubs, gifts and more.

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I like to think of myself as an amateur chef of sorts, emphasis clearly on amateur since I have neither a degree in culinary arts nor have I ever worked at a restaurant. Nonetheless, the preparation of food has always been an enjoyable part of my day; even as a teen the only chore I did not mind doing was menu planning and cooking dinner. Naturally, then I was interested to check out The Spice & Tea Exchange on St. Armand’s Circle to see what new flavors I could discover. The store not only smells good but it is also visually pleasing with hardwood floors and bulk spices stored in glass jars on wooden shelves lining the walls. Spices can be bought alone or in special blends made by the store. Some of my favorites were the premixed spices for grilling, each with a different flavor palate in mind and an endless array of choices. The Spice & Tea Exchange also has a large selection of salts such as Black Lava Salt, Jalapeno Salt, and the currently popular Pink Himalayan Salt. The most exciting section for me, as an avid tea drinker, was the section of the store containing bulk tea.  The combinations are beautiful and smell divine. I chose to purchase a loose-leaf Darjeeling tea and a Coconut Oolong tea (the latter of which I am currently drinking). Whether looking for a unique gift for someone back home or seeking out a new ingredient for your spice cabinet, The Spice & Tea Exchange on St. Armand’s Circle is a worthwhile stop for both visitors and locals alike.

The Spice & Tea Exchange is located at 345 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, Florida

Call (941) 388-1411 or visit their website

Lauren Ettinger, Associate Editor Must Do Visitor Guides &

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Written by: Laurén Ettinger

Laurén Ettinger currently serves as a Program Officer at World Learning on the U.S. Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (TIES) grant, a program of the U.S. Department of State.She has previously supported short-term exchanges including the Legislative Fellows Program for Pakistan and the US Speaker Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program. She is the Assistant Editor at Siesta Publications for Must Do Visitor Guides and assists in editing three Southwest Florida visitor guides, both in print and online. She additionally assists the Editor in managing social media and creating original content. Laurén Ettinger holds a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Her master's thesis is titled "One Man, One Gun, No More: Exploring Successes for Women in Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration". She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Global Studies concentrating in Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights with a minor in the German language.

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