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Oil and Vinegar

August 9, 2013 , , , , ,

The classic oil and vinegar combination, used for salad and other dishes, has taken on new epic proportions in Tucson.  Alfonso Gourmet Oil and Balsamics offers a wide variety of super high quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  I have used them for over a year and have virtually stopped buying any dressing in a bottle.  I have found additional ways to use both the oils and vinegars,seasoning roasted veggies and even love the vinegars on ice cream and in cocktails.  My list of favorites expands every time I go back to the store.

Tom Alfonso, the gracious owner, recently completed a course followed by a certification exam to become a professional olive oil taster.  He said it was intense, with three days of learning and savoring.  He just found out that he did pass the exam and is now a certified olive oil professional.  I am very pleased he and his wife decided to carry these extraordinary products right next to my bank drive through window, very near my home. It is a fun extravagance that improves our meals every day.  The bottles last for a very long time since  a very small amount produces big flavor results.

The recycle punch card bonus system reminds you to bring the bottle back..then you try a few new items, check out the sales, leaving with a whole new culinary profile with which to play.  Today my new item is a grassy, very green, high note olive oil from Australia.  It is both delicious and unlike any other oil I have tasted.  It is not flavored, but I have recently received a lovely gift of special Australian herbs in a combo box from a friend down under.  This will be an exciting paring with greens, tomatoes and avocado. Freshness spikes the flavor in the olive oil that reduces the need for other seasonings.  I will sauté with it as well as dressing salads.

The ginger blackberry balsamic I refilled today is an ingredient in a cocktail I love to make and drink, the Gas Streak.  The example calls for ginger rice wine vinegar, which I am sure is nice, but the blackberry adds punch and the balsamic is fabulous with the burned sugar taste.  Enjoy!

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I love balsalmic vinegar and olive oil.. good quality stuff is addictive.

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

August 10, 2013

Its amazing how different oils can take!

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London-Unattached.com

August 10, 2013

I know, this new Australian one is so grassy and high note, like bright green taste.

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mermaidcamp

August 10, 2013

woops, take = taste! I went olive oil tasting in Tuscany!

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London-Unattached.com

August 10, 2013

Lucky Euro Ducky!!!

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mermaidcamp

August 13, 2013

great demo. Thanks for sharing.

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marbaird

August 14, 2013

Thanks for stopping by. Wish I had taste-o-vision on my blog.

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mermaidcamp

August 14, 2013

I wish you did too.

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marbaird

August 14, 2013

Olive oil and balsamic…two of my favorite things! Thanks for introducing me to Alfonso’s store.

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jenwhitfield

August 26, 2013

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  1. Healing Through Hedonism | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

    […] and cuisines.  To celebrate Heidi’s birthday we visited one of my favorite stores in Tucson, Alfonso’s Olive Oil, for a tasting of their vast selection.  It was a blast for me to introduce her to this wonderland […]

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