Friday, September 18, 2009

Diary of an Accidental Foodie

Oil and vinegar are pantry staples...but if you are a "foodie", you probably seek out unique flavors in oil and vinegar the way some people savor particular varieties of fine wine. This past week I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Traverse City, MI. Downtown, I stumbled across a tasting bar called Fustini's. The store was flanked by gorgeous stainless steel canisters that housed 21 different types of olive oils and 14 varieties of balsamic vinegars. Strolling along the bar, I sampled delectable infusions of everything from meyer lemon to porcini mushroom. The wonderful balsamics were all from Modena, Italy and barrel aged at least 12 years. They ranged from white balsamic to pomegranate and of course there was the traditional 18 year balsamic. The flavor combinations seemed endless. I opted for the tunisian harissa olive oil and the cherry balsamic. As soon as I got home, I couldn't wait to get another taste of that flavorful heat of the harissa so I quickly sliced a baguette and dipped the crusty bread right into a deep pool of oil. Delicious.

I must admit, three years ago I never even thought about flavored oils and vinegars. Thanks to my friends at Sur La Table, who generously gave me my first good bottle of aged balsamic vinegar, I have been officially converted. Yet another milestone in my adventure as an accidental foodie.


  1. Very cool blog. Welcome to the Foodie Blog Roll. I'm also trying to take up photography so that I can take nice pics of all the great food I eat around Seattle. Feel free to stop by and follow my Om Nom Nom Nom blog at Keep up the good work!

  2. I love flavored vinegars and oils. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to enjoy an olive oil store in Napa-It has never been the same for me again. I came home with a 1/2 dozen bottles of the most delicious oils and vinegars.

    Nice blog post!

  3. "Accidental Foodie" - Love it! That Oil & Vinegar bar sounds very cool. With those two ingredients alone, the options are endless! Wish we had one of those here in Fort Collins...hmmm??

    Keep up the good work Emily...and give that rotten husband of yours a punch in the arm from me. - S. Stott

  4. Nice blog Emily. It has a great style to it that is so invinting. Glad to hear that gift changed your life and we already miss working with you.