My friend Linda was visiting this week. We ventured to the west side of New York, Hell’s Kitchen area, to investigate La Boîte á Epice. La Boîte is the masterpiece of Chef Lior Lev Sercasz, a master spice blender, amongst other things. Linda shared an article with me that was recently published in the NYTimes about La Boîte and Lev. We were intrigued!
From the moment they buzzed us inside, the symphony of aromas engulfed us! Once I began sniffing the forty-two plus different blend combinations, many appealing to my senses, I had to get serious. I began eliminating the ones I didn’t think I’d use … no easy task since I hadn’t gone in with something specific in mind! If I wanted a spice blend for a Moroccan Lamb (#23 Tangier), or Indonesian Fish (#31 Penang), or grilling a Steak (#8 Smoked Salt and #7 Pierre Poivre), I could have honed right in and found what I wanted, but I was interested in what was offered … in the very general sense of the term!
An hour and a half later we had made our selections, also purchasing Lior’s book, The Art of Blending, which offers recipes and gives insightful information on each individual blend along with his motivation behind the creation.