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Silk Route to ”The Spice Blend”

Posted on by Ethne
Silk Route to ''The Spice Blend'' - Blog | Spice Trekkers

Our trip to Kashgar in Northwestern China, near the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, was the first that was deliberately ”not spice specific.” Our daughter Marika was living in The People’s Republic and, after completing a particularly arduous season in Montreal, we decided that rest, recreation —no spice hunting— and a strong dose of our […]


Muntok pepper

Posted on by Ethne
Issan

  We knew we had to go to Bangka ourselves. We knew as soon as our friend and apprentice spice hunter, Ihsan, told us how difficult it was becoming to get good white pepper in his hometown, Padang, in West Sumatra. Ihsan had gone to Bangka island on his own last year but was confronted […]


Visiting Chios: Challenge accepted

Posted on by Steve
Chios-Village-Alley-1

The small, liver-shaped island of Chios presents a unique challenge to travellers. Punctured by jagged, impossible mountains and dotted with an endless variety of villages, Chios can be circumnavigated in a day but only understood in a lifetime. Each descent into a new valley reveals another undiscovered world, and every meal presents an unexpected delight. […]


Postcard – Nuodeng Salt

Nuodeng Village Salt - Epices de cru

Nuodeng, Yunnan, China, 2010 The village of Nuodeng has long been famous for its salt production and aged hams, which are dried in the fresh mountain air. It was in 2010, while visiting our daughter Marika in China, when we were drawn by the timeless allure of this tiny Bai minority village from another age. […]


Travel Essentials: India

Travel in India - Epices de cru

Our annual trip to India is upon us and despite our many years spice hunting all over the world, returning to Kerala in the southwestern part of the country still really excites us. The people, the food, the spices, the incredibly melodious Malayam language and, of course, the many friends we have in the region, […]


The People’s Tea: A top pick for the Golden Monkey and more

Posted on by Steve
Snub-Nosed-Golden-Monkey

Paydirt. Now I can happily say that I’ve purchased our first batch of The People’s Tea. After extensive discussion with cultivars, tea shop owners, and friends, I selected a supplier that I think best represents what this tea has to offer. My tea hunt required a few trips up the mountain, negotiating muddy, half-finished roads […]


A Tea and Spice Hunt

Posted on by Steve
Guizhou

Since hunting for tea and spices is a big part of what we do at Spice Trekkers, I thought I’d invite you to join me on our current hunt. I’m in China’s Guizhou province, one of the most remote and undeveloped parts of the Southwest. While not well-known outside of China, Guizhou is home to […]


Journey to Tie Guanyin

Posted on by Steve
Anxi-tie-guanyin

There’s a lot of talk at Thės de Cru about what makes a tea the best. Here, we prefer to think less of what the best tea is and more of what our favorite tea is, as outlined by our fearless leader here . But what makes a tea our favorite? We may never know […]


The Taste of London, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and Moro

DeVienne family in London

Regent’s Park was overflowing with foodies who gamely paid ₤28 ($45.00 CAD) to enter London’s annual food-fest, The Taste of London, which was celebrating its 10th anniversary. They shelled out cash and Crowns – the official currency of the festival – for tapas-sized food plates and drinks provided by over 200 artisans, 40 restaurants, as […]


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