This past Sunday was a lovely and relaxing day. Normally my weekends are so jam-packed I don’t have time to breathe – I tend to try and squeeze every last inch of life out of those precious two days. This weekend however, I purposely did not plan on doing anything on Sunday. The day was wide open for whatever my partner and I wanted to do. We decided to have lunch at a local bar and do a bit of shopping in our neighbourhood.
I had driven by a certain specialty shop a number of times and thought this would be the perfect day to see what it was all about. It was the best decision I ever made.
My life forever changed the day I walked into… THE OLIVE OIL EMPORIUM (cue the sound of angels singing).
I realize that sounds a little dramatic but seriously, I cannot say enough amazing things about this place. Lemme explain.
The shop itself is tasteful and unique and you feel welcomed as soon as you walk in. I believe this is largely because you are greeted right away by the owners, Andreas and Mary Voulgaris. They answered my many queries about this oil and that vinegar with ease and suggested a wide variety of options on how I could enjoy each products unique deliciousness. They were knowledgable, funny and very willing to accommodate my crazy requests and need to sample almost every oil and vinegar they have.
Let’s talk about that for a second. With a name like The Olive Oil Emporium, you would assume that is what they sell, which they do. But they also sell a huge variety of balsamic vinegar as well. And the flavours will blow your mind. For real. I could literally drink it right out of the glass. I’m not going to list them all cause that would take too long but we’re not talking just your average vinegar here. I’m talking about flavours like dark chocolate, espresso, cranberry pear, lavender….the list goes on and on. Believe me, they have a serious inventory of product! I honestly spend about 45 minutes enraptured with the white flavoured balsamic vinegar alone!
And if we want to get healthy for a moment here, let’s just talk about the benefits. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated which can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. That’s not too shabby.
And their flavoured balsamic vinegar are all flavoured with real fruit and herbs. No added sugar or guar gum which means no crap for you! You really need to taste them for yourself to see what I’m talking about. You won’t regret it!
We purchased a whole bunch for ourselves (like, 6. I’m not even kidding) and bought two gifts while we were there. I feel like it is going to be a problem that I live so close to the store because this may be my new addiction.
You however; you lucky readers you, don’t have to live close because you can purchase all of their amazing products online! Although, if you’re in the area I highly recommend going into the store to taste them yourself. Words can only tell you so much, you have to taste these beauties to believe it!
As far as cooking goes, the sky is the limit. You are only held back by your imagination! You could drizzle an organic garlic oil on mashed potatoes, espresso balsamic on ice cream or add golden pineapple vinegar to a martini. Get creative!
I’m including some pictures of the meals I cooked last night while experimenting with all of my new treats! They were unbelievable. And I’m not just saying the that because I cooked them, they really were.
If you didn’t get it already, I strongly urge you to check this place out. It is independently owned as well so why not support a local business?
And, I just want to mention the fact that I was in no way asked to write this blog. They didn’t pay me in many monies or get me drunk on vinegar although, that doesn’t sound so bad… I wrote it simply because I really loved these products. And I’m positive you will too.
As always, high-five like you mean it!