Oil and Vinegar is a wonderful little shop located downtown Spokane in the Riverfront Park Mall. They have been open about a year. There are a total of 72 stores worldwide, but only 9 in the United States. We are fortunate to have one that opened up in our area.
Some of the olive oils that are offered in this unique shop are from Spain, Portugal, South Africa, and France. According to Nicole, the store manager, olive oil actually draws its flavor from the region in which the olives are grown. Since it is difficult to know what the different flavors are, it is helpful to go into the store where a trained sales person will guide you through tasting the different flavors of olive oil. That way you can decide which flavor you prefer.
You can purchase olive oil bottles at the shop priced from $3.95 to $4.95 and fill them from the oil taps. When the olive oil has been used you simply bring your bottle back for a refill. If your bottle is too small and you are in need of a larger amount of olive oil the store will upgrade your bottle for free. They also offer free containers such as the oil barrel and free liter bottles.
Extra virgin olive oil has many healthy benefits:
- High in Omega 3 fats
- No saturated or trans fats
- Heart health benefits
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
- May help to lower blood pressure
- Lowers the incidence of gallstones
- High in polyphenols, an antioxidant which is thought to help lower cholesterol
Olive Oil and Vinegar also offers a Grapeseed Oil line. This oil is made from recycled wine grapes. After the grapes have been used to make wine, instead of throwing out the grapes, the oil makers use the seeds to make grapeseed oil. It is full of anti-oxidants and health benefits and tastes pretty amazing as well.
While you are visiting the shop, be sure to check out their variety of balsamic vinegar. There are such flavors as strawberry, white truffle, and cassis orange to name a few. Check out their entire line at www.spokane.oilandvinegarusa.com.
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