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Post by Nadis on Wed May 07, 2014 10:13 am

My wife and I will be driving to Lakeside in June.  Does anyone know if we will have any problems bringing in cooking spices?  It would cost a lot to replace them and not sure if all are available in Mexico, but we do not need any problems at the border.

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Post by viajero on Wed May 07, 2014 11:32 am

I don't think it will be a problem,especially if they're labled,you might not want to bring any poppy seeds however,I think they're restricted.

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Post by Gamina on Wed May 07, 2014 11:40 am

If you have a manaje de casa, call them condiments and you will be fiine.
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Post by Hibiscus on Wed May 07, 2014 6:07 pm

I have found that I can get most spices here in Mexico.

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Post by Pedro on Wed May 07, 2014 6:47 pm

Hibiscus wrote:I have found that I can get most spices here in Mexico.
not really
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Post by bimini6 on Wed May 07, 2014 9:14 pm

Brought all my spices across, no manaje de casa and never a question or problem. I bring more every time I go back and forth.

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Post by Nadis on Wed May 07, 2014 11:08 pm

Thank-you all. We will spice up Lakeside this summer!

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Post by Hensley on Thu May 08, 2014 6:57 am

Hibiscus wrote:I have found that I can get most spices here in Mexico.

Then tell me where you can get celery salt?
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Post by bimini6 on Thu May 08, 2014 8:11 am

You can get celery seed on the carretera not far off of Colon is a spice shop, I do not recall the name,, but if you are walking along there it is on the lakeside of the road, they have everything your heart could desire.

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Post by brigitte on Thu May 08, 2014 8:16 am

There are very few things you cannot find here mostly things like barberry or sumac and mixtures premade in other countries like masale or celery salt or beau monde but these can be made as the base spices are here.
You could put a list our and people here can tell you if you can find them or not.
We took our spices under kitchen items but now that we live here we find just about everything and the things we cannot find we order via internet or get when we go out of the country which is rarely.

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Post by CanuckBob on Thu May 08, 2014 8:22 am

The only spice I can't find here is "NOB style" chili powder. I have Chili Coban Molido but it is not quite the same.
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Post by CheenaGringo on Thu May 08, 2014 8:36 am

Two recommendations:
1) Goiti on Ave. Mexico in Guadalajara: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Goiti/@20.679843,-103.388681,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8428ae6eb2e5a707:0x31089448ca23f4af?hl=en
2) A bit further west on Ave Mexico and on the opposite side of the street, there is a newer import shop that I don't remember the name of. I remember they had a good selection of imported spices. We are big on Jane's Crazy Salt & Crazy Pepper but saw numerous other varieties of Jane's we had never seen in the US.

If you want to make it a true international shopping excursion, to the east of Goiti on the same side of Ave. Mexico, there is a good sized Asian Market.

If you go after 1pm, you can round out the trip with a stop at La Tequila (about one short block east of Goiti) for comida.

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Post by Rosa Venus on Thu May 08, 2014 9:35 am

Bob, Pancho at Superlake carries NOB brand chili powder but I don't buy it since it costs so much. Sometimes El Torito and even Walmart have it also. Sometimes. As in occasionally. Pretty sure I've seen "Lawry's" and whatever the one is that comes in the the little brown paper sack.

Adriana, who runs the spice store El Granero in Ajijic on the carretera across from the blue clinic really is a godsend. I *think* she even has a jar of something labeled Chili Powder, but I haven't tried it. I just make my own from the basic ingredients. It's easy. Sr. Google offers many recipes. I actually like the kind I make better, because out of desperation once I made it with ground Chipotle powder. It takes it to a different place, but I really like it.

Adriana goes to the Abastos every Friday. If you don't see something you want in her store, she's happy to fill orders. Just ask. She is GREAT.
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Post by CanuckBob on Thu May 08, 2014 11:19 am

Muchas gracias Rosa!!!
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