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Happened to notice three job openings in Wauwatosa at Penzeys Spices. Two of the three jobs interested me. The application contained several interesting questions: Have you ever been to Penzeys before? Describe your experience. What is your favorite spice or seasoning, on what do you use it? Share a story about cooking from your childhood.
If I were really interested in the jobs I'd do a little homework, at least visit the store. As luck would have it Thursday's WaukeshaNOW and Friday's Freeman contained a coupon for a free $12.00 spice gift pack with any $5.00 purchase at Penzeys.
The two Penzeys closest to Waukesha are on Bluemound in Brookfield and the newest store at 83 & 94 in Delafield. I had my first visit to Penzeys on Thursday in Delafield and was pleasantly surprised. I liked the layout, the decor and the variety, but the best features have to be the reasonable prices and the opportunity to smell all the spices. Just about every spice, powder or mixture has a large jar on the shelf to open and sniff. It's quite a lot of fun to just go around the room and inhale all these scents - my favorite being star anise, but hot chocolate mix being a close second.
I bought a jar of Old World Seasoning for $5.00 and got my gift pack of four jars; pepper, cinnamon, garlic and Mural of Flavor salt free mix. I couldn't find MSG anywhere in the store. I had several ideas for the application, and have an extra coupon if anyone wants it.
Do you have a favorite spice or childhood cooking story? Ever been to Penzeys? Do you remember when there was a Penzeys on South West Avenue in Waukesha?