To taste the world’s spiciest ice cream, you have to sign a death waiver 

Scotland seems like a surprising place to host the world’s spiciest ice cream (unlike Mexico or India, say). Nevertheless, Glasgow’s Aldwych Café has created “Respiro Del Diavolo” or Breath Of The Devil ice cream, which is reportedly 500 times as spicy as Tabasco. The brave tasters have to sign a legal waiver before…

Salt grinders are bullshit, and other lessons from growing up in the spice trade

When I was a kid, I had no trouble describing what my dad did for a living. He was a chef (and still is). Harder to explain was what my mom did; there wasn’t a word for her job. And so, with my child’s head full of fantasy and what I read in books, I insisted my mother was a spice merchant. It gave a historical heft…