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This post was originally published on March 18, 2015 and updated on October 1, 2019.
The table in the middle has bulk bins of candied ginger and pineapple slices, ground Thai chilis, whole pistachios, barbecue rub, Jamaican jerk spice blend, pecans and the like. The bins along the back wall have things such as Chinese five-spice powder and something called “Sex Spice Blend” and “Erotic Spices”. The “alleyway” on the right is actually tromp l’oeil painting, not an alley at all. There are more bins along the wall on the other side of the “alley”.
Yes, that’s a real gong. The first time I visited, a man was standing there waiting on his wife to finish shopping. He casually reached out and knocked on the gong; a very loud sound reverberated through the building! He was a little embarrassed, but I tried it, too, and discovered how easy it was to sound the thing. It sounds much heavier than it is and takes very little to ring it.
You can pick up free recipe cards and sheets in the spice shop as well. I will definitely try the recipe you see on the top card below for Christmas chocolate mousse. It has Lebkuchen spices in it. I don’t think I’ll wait til Christmas, either.
The shop is named after Alfons Schuhbeck, a very famous Bavarian celebrity chef. He has his own TV show. There aren’t so many celebrity chefs here as in the States, so this is saying something.
As you might surmise, his passion is spices. He’s made his spice cookbooks and products the basis of his very large empire. I counted about 12 cookbooks by him in the spice shop. In fact, they have been translated into other languages. I received one of his cookbooks in English for my birthday in 2013 and used it for some of the research for my own book.
Interestingly, the English translations for the recipes in the book throw me, because I know the food by the German name. Sometimes the English names mean nothing to me.
Outside on the plaza, you can see part of Schuhbeck’s huge enterprise. There is a tea shop next to the spice shop. It has the added benefit of a chocolate shop on the second level.
And his famous Orlando cafe around the corner in the same building.
Across from the tea shop is his famous Sudtiroler restaurant.
Also, while we were having our Starbucks on the far side of the plaza, I noticed a sign next to the passageway pointing to Schuhbeck’s cooking school.
It’s very difficult not to buy baskets and baskets of spices when you visit the spice shop. I managed to come home with only a few because, if I bought everything I wanted, I couldn’t possibly use all of them. But I DO want one of the aprons and now know where to go for gifts for certain cook-friends of mine (you know who you are!).
I hope you enjoyed the virtual trip to the pseudo-Marrakesh spice bazaar. I know I will be going back often; it’s in the same neighborhood as Marienplatz, and its famous Glockenspiel, and Dallmayr, the famous gourmet supermarket. Plus these are all on the same subway line as my apartment. Wow!
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