Our New Website Is Online & Ready For Your Next Order!

It’s been a slightly hectic week here at The Silk Road as we all worked feverishly to get our brand-new website launched. Anyone who has tried to access our website in the last week will have noticed that it was not working properly and was not accepting orders. Well, we’re thrilled to announce that the new site is now online and the orders are already starting to pour in!

We knew it was time for a major overhaul even before our old website drew its last shuddering breaths last week. The new site has an entirely new look, and we hope you will love it as much as we do. It’s easier to use, and will work much better on mobile devices than it did before. We’ve also added the ability to pay with PayPal.

As with anything new, there will be a few wrinkles to smooth out in the beginning, and we will continue to make some minor changes until everything is just the way we want it. In the meantime, we invite you to head on over to silkroadspices.ca and check it out!

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Technical Issues – March 21

Hi everyone. Unfortunately, our website has been experiencing some technical problems for the past 24 hours that stem from updates to our server. For now, the website is not processing orders or payments, so if you’ve made any attempts to submit an order in the last bit, they have not gone through.

We have a team working on the problem and we hope to have it fixed shortly, but in the meantime, please be patient with us.

We want to emphasize that none of your personal data is at risk if you have tried to place an order. The website is simply not accepting or processing those orders.

Thanks for your understanding and sorry for the inconvenience.

The Silk Road

Stampeding with The Silk Road

Posted by Claire

Howdy, folks.

For our non-Calgarian readers, today is the first day of the 2015 Calgary Stampede, which is a 10-day celebration of everything Western. If the hot weather didn’t already have us dreaming about backyard barbeques and summer drinks, this definitely moved those things to the top of our priority list. In honour of that, we’ve released two videos showcasing easy ways to incorporate spices and bitters into your summer entertaining.

 

The first video addresses a common question we get at the Calgary shop — namely, how to use our steak spices (or any dry rub) to season a steak.

 

The second demonstrates a Silk Road twist on the classic Caesar, Calgary’s most iconic cocktail. It’s called the “Hell and High Water” as a nod to the 2013 floods that inundated both the Stampede grounds and our neighbourhood, and we’ve played on the name by enhancing the seafood elements of the drink.

 

If you’d like to read up on the spices we use in the videos, here are the links to their descriptions on our website:

Have a safe Stampede, everyone. Yeehaw!

 

Silk Road Edmonton is open!

Those with good memories will know that way back in February, we announced that we would be opening a shop in Edmonton. We made the announcement because we had signed a lease and word was getting out whether we wanted it to or not. But we knew that we wouldn’t be ready to open until late summer at the earliest, and since February, the team has been fielding near-daily inquiries from impatient spice lovers in beautiful Edmonton.

Well, it’s been a long summer and we’re a few weeks behind schedule, but the wait is finally over! Silk Road Edmonton officially opens tomorrow, October 9.

We couldn’t be more excited for this. We have a great new team here in Edmonton. They’ve been on the job for about a week, setting up, stocking the shelves, getting to know the spices, getting to know the business and the way we operate, and getting to know how to push each other’s buttons. It’s really an amazing group and they are going to be very psyched to start talking to customers tomorrow.

Of course, store openings always come with a few hiccups. For the first week or two, there may be some holes on the shelves while we work on getting everything stocked up. In particular, we will have no botanical roots and herbs and only a very rudimentary selection of bitters. These things will arrive once we have the basics sorted out.

There will also be ongoing efforts at furnishing and decorating the shop. Store-front signage, a cabinet worthy of our bitters and cocktail supplies, a larger selection of books: all these things will be coming. But for now, the space looks totally amazing and we can’t believe what a transformation is it from how it looked when we took possession. Hopefully you agree.

We’re really, really excited to be opening, so make sure you come in to check it out and say hi. We have every reason to believe that Edmonton is going to be a great fit with The Silk Road and we can’t wait to get to know the food community here.

We’re located at 10818 82nd Ave. NW (Whyte Ave near the corner of 109th St.).

The exact hours will be a little up in the air until after Thanksgiving, but for now are Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Holiday Hours – Inglewood Store & Farmers’ Market Location

The holidays at Silk Road keep everyone on their toes and nose to nose.

The holidays at Silk Road keep everyone on their toes and nose to nose.

Christmas is fast-approaching, and our shop is bustling with activity. We’re working extra hard to keep the shelves stocked up, and most of us have put together hundreds of gifts sets. It’s a lot of fun, but sometimes we do get overwhelmed, especially on the weekends. So if you are stopping by when it’s especially busy, please be patient if we have line ups or if you need to wait a few minutes to get our attention. We’ll often have mulled apple cider (made with our own mulling spices) available on the weekends in our Inglewood shop, so make sure you grab a cup to drink while you’re browsing.

The holiday hours for our Inglewood Store are:

Saturday December 21st – 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday December 22nd – 12 pm to 5 pm
Monday December 23rd – 10 noon to 5 pm
Tuesday December 24th – 10 am to 1 pm

The hours for our Calgary Farmers’ Market stall are as usual until December 22nd, and then:

Open Monday December 23rd 9 am – 5 pm
Closed December 24th
Re-opening January 9, 2014

The main shop will be closed from 1 pm on Tuesday, December 24th through Wednesday January 1st to give our employees a well-deserved break. If you place an online order during this time it won’t be filled until we get back. We’ll be open for business as usual in on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014. However, the Calgary Farmers’ Market does not reopen until January 9th.

Thank you to all our friends, our families, and of course our customers. It’s been an amazing year, and we are overwhelmed by the support and kind words we’ve received from all of you about our spices and how they are making your cooking more exciting and more delicious. We wish you all the best over the holidays, and are excited for all that will come in 2014.

Happy Holidays!

Kelci, Colin & all The Silk Road Staff

Book Giveaway

PepperWe are excited to host a contest to win Marjorie Shaffer’s Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice. Today, pepper is a spice common to most kitchens and widely used as a ‘must’ seasoning along with its salty counterpart for almost every dish, but this spicy dried berry has not always been so easy to come by.

Pepper illuminates the rich history of pepper for a popular audience. Vivid and entertaining, it describes the part pepper played in bringing the Europeans, and later the Americans, to Asia and details the fascinating encounters they had there.”

“From the abundance of wildlife on the islands of the Indian Ocean, which the Europeans used as stepping stones to India and the East Indies, to colorful accounts of the sultan of Banda Aceh entertaining his European visitors with great banquets and elephant fights, this fascinating book reveals the often surprising story behind one of mankind’s most common spices.”

To enter our contest, all you have to do is leave us a comment on our blog below, and tell us how pepper changed your life, or at least made your food taste better. Whether it’s sitting down to your morning eggs and adding a sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper to make you smile, or a perfectly braised pink peppercorn dish that has been in your family for decades, we want you to share your food moments with us. On Friday, June 28th, we will put all the entries in a spice tin, and draw for the lucky winner! The winner will be contacted via social media and asked to provide an address for us to send the book. This draw is limited to one entry per person, so tell all your friends and family.

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As Mark Pendergrast, author of Uncommon Grounds, said, “After reading Marjorie Shaffer’s Pepper, you’ll reconsider the significance of that grinder or shaker on your dining room table. The pursuit of this wizened berry with the bite changed history in ways you’ve never dreamed, involving extraordinary voyages, international trade, exotic locales, exploitation, brutality, disease, extinctions, and rebellions, and featuring a set of remarkable characters.”

Girls Night Out in Inglewood

Submitted by Candace Bergman

Ladies, girlfriends, mothers, daughters, and besties it’s a lovely night to take a stroll up, and then down, the historical Inglewood sidewalks to check out all the fabulous and unique shops. What better night to grab all your girls than tonight when the Inglewood BRZ is hosting Girls Night in Inglewood from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. All store owners participating will be offering deals of 10% discounts, gifts with purchase or snacks and beverages.

We will be offering 10% off all of our spices and spice blends and offering fresh popped popcorn with your choice of seasoning blend.

See you tonight!

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