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Cardamom & Cloves is the brainchild of Jodi Samis, former author of the popular Simply Fresh Ottawa food blog. Jodi has been an active and enthusiastic member of the Ottawa food scene for over a decade. A graduate of Ottawa University, she’s worked in several restaurants, done her turn as a barrista, and served as event manager and tour guide for one of Ottawa's favourite cooking schools, C’est Bon Cooking.

The path to becoming Ottawa’s spice maven has taken Jodi around the world. She’s travelled extensively, sampling foods and flavours throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Iceland and the Caribbean. These journeys have reinforced her passion for fresh, locally produced food. They also helped her realize that Ottawa’s foodies have been restrained by the sparse availability of herbs and spices blends from all over the world.

With Cardamom & Cloves, Jodi has started an online community of spice lovers and those with adventurous taste buds!