Late spring I took a trip up the coast to New Bern with my mom. We visited Tryon Palace, checked out the firefighter museum and ate some amazing seafood (shout out to MJ’s and their crabby fries). It goes with out saying that we did a little (okay a lot) of shopping. There were little art galleries tucked into buildings, backed with charming court yards, specialty shops for furry friends and a gourmet shop called Midtown Olive Oil. Let’s just say I fell in love with so many tasty things, here are a few that stood out and how they’ve been utilized in my kitchen arsenal.
Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic – This mess is like a secret weapon of mass flavor proportions, total ker-pow . White vinegar is always a favorite for me because its usually subtly sweet and fruity, making it easy to think – hey I’m going to add some of this *splash splash*. Mostly I use it in marinades for grilled chicken and shrimp, but splashed on a green salad makes me just as happy. Not crazy about lemon, their cranberry pear is fantastic too.
Basil Olive Oil – So if the lemon balsamic is the ker-pow weapon, this is the low rumble aftershock. Peppery basil, fruity olives done – finished. Again works well in a marinade or splashed on a salad. We also love it to dip a hunk of soft bread in.
Salt Sisters, Mediterranean Blend – I’ve run out of arsenal analogies but this stuff is da’bomb (oh wait no I didn’t hehe). At the risk of making it sound over simplified; salt, basic dried herbs and then dehydrated vinegar to give it this zip. Rub it on stuff, sprinkle it on stuff, mix it in stuff; Chicken, summer veggies, grilled fish, garlic bread, creamy pasta…. whatever can’t go wrong.
So the only complaint is the Midtown Olive web site, although very through with their own selection didn’t carry the same Salt Sister products I saw when I visited the store. What is a girl to do – oh yea head over to the Salt Sister site and check out what else they have. BBQ rub, Tuscan Farm house salt, hickory smoked salt….. I would say bring it but I already had it broughten.
In closing, visit New Bern its pretty quaint and hospitable. Stop by Midtown Olive to sample what they have in house and hopefully you can come away with a new favorite for your kitchen. Oh and check out a few pics I snapped.