First, an impromptu stop for balsamic and oil tasting with friends at Benessere. I think my life was changed by a taste of their tart and captivating Sicilian Lemon Balsamic. The store is mere blocks from my office, you can sample whatever you like, it’s poured into bottles just for you, and quite reasonably priced for such a selection.
Not looking to go too overboard having just eaten lunch, I stuck to fruity vinegars and the rich avocado oil, and look forward to going on an olive oil tour soon (and purchasing once I’m paid!) As for the tastings, it’s all done in miniature sipping cups, so pick your favorites and have the baguette sliced and waiting at home.
Just one row of olive oils…
Specialty oils & vinegars…
One row of vinegar…
Also great: If you’re in the Portland area, you can bring back your used bottle for $1 off your next purchase.
Later on in my enriching day, I stopped by Sara Spencer’s Mercy for Animals Art Show at Akemi Salon.
Her art is on display at Akemi, an entirely vegan hair salon, until December 30th.
A $10 donation comes with a bonus copy of Sara’s vegan recipe zine, ‘Junk Food Junkie’.
P.S. I did the round up on the MoFo blog today: The Crazy Awesome!