I was out buying a grading pen and photocopying my tax documents. On my way back, I passed by the herb and spice store. (You have to go out of your way for that sort of thing in St. Louis, but here in Berkeley,it’s just a few blocks away.)
Unable to resist, I went in and bought 1 gram of saffron for $8. That’s right–it sells for $3600 per pound. I’m not sure if we’ll like it, but we’ll finally be able to try it out. Maybe we’ll enjoy it in our paella. Maybe we’ll never buy it again. Still, it’ll be interesting.
In any event, saffron is an unusual thing to impulse-buy.