Chelsea Madren aka OC Food Diva: Johnsonville's The Sausage Dome Champion, World Food Championships E.A.T. Certified Food Judge, KCBS Certified BBQ Judge, Brand Ambassador, Culinary Researcher, Food & Travel Critic, Food Competitor, and Recipe Developer
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Multi-sensory experience at Taste It! in Fullerton, CA
Tim Heide spent many years in Europe and enjoyed the tasting rooms of not only wineries, but traditional, multi-generational family makers of premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars. He found the perfect place in Fullerton to show the OC this multi-sensory experience called Taste It! Just like wine, olive oils and balsamic vinegars have beautiful tasting notes. When infused with spices, fruits and herbs, they take on a life of their own. The store interior makes you feel like you are in Italy, maybe a Tuscan villa. The scent of fruits, herbs, and spices greets you at the door and beckons you to come inside. Large silver decanters shine brightly inviting you to try. Yes, you can try them all. As you taste, your mind will fill with wonderful combinations like sautéed vegetables, grilled meats, poultry, and seafood, or special vinaigrette. The possibilities are almost endless. They even provide recipes to try.
Let’s take a look at recipes that I tried at home using their olives oils and balsamic vinegars:
Chili Lime Shrimp (http://www.tasteit.co/Recipes.html) is Tiger Prawns, Taste It! Lime Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), Taste It! 25-star dark balsamic vinegar, Taste It! Roasted Chili Olive Oil, shoyu (soy sauce), and cracked black pepper. This recipe is so easy and quick. Mix the ingredients together, marinate the shrimp for at least 30 minutes or longer, and either sauté or grill them up. I was surprised how quickly the shrimp absorbed all of the flavors. As the shrimp cooked, you can experience an aromatic bouquet – from the lime, chili pepper, and sweet balsamic. In about 4 minutes, it’s done to perfection. The flavors are infused and enhance the sweetness of the shrimp. This recipe is a keeper!