have always loved to cook (and eat). As a child I found it unfair that
my mother was allowed to play with the stove and I was not. In
response to my frustration, my father built me a special step-stool so I
could reach the stove-- I was off and cooking!
love of food and the folklore surrounding food led me to found Portland
Spice Co. a popular spice and international grocery store at the former
Portland Public Market in Portland Maine.
started Portland Spice when I was young. After being in business for
several years, when the Portland Public Market closed, I decided to
leave what had become Portland Spice & Trading Co, to explore new
avenues of interest--Including; getting married;
receiving a Masters in Religious Studies & World Religions; working
as a deckhand on the ferry; volunteering for a non-profit; and adopting a
comic yellow lab!
What have all these experiences has taught me?
I missed the tactile and total sensory experience of grinding,
blending, and designing spice blends. I also missed hearing and
learning about the cooking histories of people who also love to cook and
hope you enjoy these blends, and if you want to share a bit of your
food history please feel free to post on ReginaSpices blog, Facebook, or