I don’t have a bucket list. Probably because I am not particularly fond of the word “bucket.”*
But if I did have a bucket list, do you know what would be on there, most likely higher up than it should be?
Attending an olive oil tasting.
Yes, such a thing exists, and conveniently it seems to often occur near vineyards, where you can engage in other sorts of tastings.
Ideally, I will do this somewhere in California, because going to California in general is also on my life to-do list (I hear they have some decent zoos and aquariums there…).
But for now, I have a smaller goal – to find a good, reasonably priced olive oil. Not for cooking, but to be used as more of a finishing oil. You know, salad dressings, for dipping bread, etc. I seem to end up with ones that are either flavorless or bitter. I’ve read that bitterness is sometimes considered a good thing with olive oil, but I’ve had ones where that was all I tasted, even when mixed with other foods.
I suppose I could do more research on my own, but I spend enough of my time doing research. So I decided to take the lazy way out and ask for recommendations from others. Please remember, I am a grad student, so while I am suspect there are some incredible olive oils out there with a price tag to match, for now I’m looking for a good value.
Suggestions? If I try one you suggest and like it, I might just give you some recognition….
*The more words I add to this list of words I don’t like, the more I wonder if I have some bizarre, lexical variation of a sensory processing disorder, where I have extreme sensitivity and aversion to certain words just based on the way they sound. Is there such a thing??