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Welcome to Highland Park Love That Spice

The Grand Opening for our 1st retail store was held on October 14, 2013. The people of Highland Park showed up in nice numbers sampling spices and in general just having a great time. We gave out lots of free spices and spice blends and talked about the many health benefits of spices. At the end of a very long day I went home with a feeling of gratitude that the people of Highland Park had greeted us with open arms. And so I must say, opening our 1st retail spice store in Highland was the best gift I could have given to myself.  #spices #spiceblends #spicestore Now until November 14th all spices are 15% off. Use discount code "grand Opening,"...

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About the Founder - Love That Spice

Hello my name is Marlena J. I am a native Chicagoan that chose to turn my experience into yours. My husband and in-laws are natives of Sri Lanka and although my husband has lived here in the United States for 20 years, our "family of buyers" lives in the immediate areas where an abundance of our spices are harvested. We are a family business, committed to hand selecting premium quality spices, herbs and Ceylon teas from our family to yours.

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Father's Day, a Special Day for Dad

As Father's Day approaches, I sit back and think of the memories that I have with my Dad and the memories that I still have the opportunity to create. Looking back as a child my mind floods with memories of my Mom. I asked myself why....it was because my Dad being the man he is, worked 2 jobs to support my Mom and 4 kids. That's what he did because that's what Dads do. They are the providers and the protectors and the rock that keeps us anchored. So here's to the hard working, God fearing men that we call DAD.  Show your love on Father's Day and beyond and give the gift of hand blended, bold and delicious barbecue...

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Father's Day, Celebrate Dear Dad

As a kid growing up, its hard to understand and appreciate the sacrifices that your parents, specifically my Dad made. My Dad always had more than 1 job to support the family and that meant that he wasn't as readily available as my Mother was. That was not a problem for me as I was proud of the way my Dad took care of his family. Being a good Father means that you have to sacrifice your time and energy for taking care of the family. But when he did slow down, I can remember fun family barbecues,  play fights and wrestling.....yes wrestling with my Dad! I recall taking family vacations every year as if we were the Huxtables and...

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Family, Friends, and Food Equal Geat Memories

Since Thursday, I have had the pleasure of hosting my Husband's family (my in-laws) from Canada. We cooked, we laughed, cooked some more and laughed some more. Last night we had an impromptu barbecue (unplanned things are the best). My husband thought it would be great to give me 20 minutes to make 10 dishes, even better he invited 7 more friends! Having fresh spice blends on hand proved to be extremely helpful, seriously! We feasted on Sushi, black bean grilled shrimp, Korean noodles, Cajun spicechicken skewers, pork curry, chicken curry, sweet and spicy Thai spice chicken, fried curry rice, lentils, grilled burgers and grilled dogs for the kids. After dinner we all gathered in the living room to sing and dance. Out came the guitar and...

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