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be the spice of life

To be that which makes life interesting, exciting, enjoyable, or worthwhile. From the proverb "variety is the spice of life," meaning that having many different experiences is what makes life interesting. My witty friend likes to say that sarcasm is the spice of life for her. In romantic fiction, however, misunderstandings and mishaps are the spice of life!
See also: life, of, spice

spice something up

1. Lit. to make some food or drink more spicy. Judy spiced the cider up by adding cinnamon and nutmeg. she spiced up the chili too much.
2. Fig. to make something more interesting, lively, or sexy. I'm afraid that the nude scenes spiced the musical up too much. some people walked out. Judy liked to spice her lectures up by telling jokes. she spiced up each lecture with a joke. They spiced up the play too much.
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Variety is the spice of life.

Prov. Cliché You should try many different kinds of experiences, because trying different things keeps life interesting. I know we usually spend our summer vacation camping out, but I think we should try something different this year. Variety is the spice of life.
See also: life, of, spice, variety

Variety is the spice of life.

something that you say which means life is more interesting when it changes often and you have many different experiences I have to work in the heat of Sudan one week and the cold of Alaska the next, but I suppose variety is the spice of life.
See also: life, of, spice, variety

variety is the spice of life

Diversity makes life interesting, as in Jim dates a different girl every week-variety is the spice of life, he claims. This phrase comes from William Cowper's poem, "The Task" (1785): "Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor."
See also: life, of, spice, variety

spice up

1. To make something spicy or spicier: The cook spiced up the chili with some peppers. I added some pepper to the sauce in order to spice it up.
2. To make something exciting or more exciting: We spiced up the party by playing some games. That necklace really spices your outfit up.
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I just finished the first leg of my journey in Texas, where I visited over 20 barbecue joints in a week, visiting places like world renowned Franklin Barbecue in Austin to Killen's Barbeque in Houston - which was just featured on HBO's Hard Knocks," said Mike Johnston, Savory Spice Shop founder.
3 billion US dollars in 2013-14 fiscal year and adding that the board is also promoting the branding of organic spices by developing a nexus between the farmers and organic spices exporters.
Matching Kerala in the spice market in a niche segment is Uttar Pradesh, which is the largest producer of mint, a spice that accounts for as much as 25 per cent of the country's spice exports.
Gulam Hosen, 50-year-old Indian working in one of the Iranian spice shops from a very young age, said he remembers traders lining up the shores like ants, unloading their spices and other goods from Iran and India 30 years ago.
This year we had a huge increase of cardamom exports to Saudi Arabia from India," said Sureshkumar, adding that pepper, turmeric, ginger, curry powder and many other spices are exported by India.
Alan and me like to have a sing and dance in the spice room as we bring the dry ingredients like pepper and rusk up to the spice room and start mixing it all up.
We're excited to be coming to New York," said Bill Penzey, owner and president of Penzeys Spices.
Tests of possible household sources of lead identified the tainted spices.
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Other common spices used with it in curries are coriander, fenugreek, cumin and chile.
Though he cooked French cuisine at the Westin Hotel, he was steeped with the spices, cooking techniques, and flavors of Asia, ingredients, which have directed his cooking style.
Virtually all conventional spices sold in the United States are fumigated [sterilized] with hazardous chemicals that are banned in Europe," he says.
You twist as you dispense the contents, grinding the herbs and spices to release the freshest flavor.
From teas and martinis to breads and muffins, spices are everywhere this year.
Spices come from plant parts: leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, or roots.