Fall 2011, Midtown Olive Oil opened in Greensboro at Friendly Center. They sell a variety of handcrafted, small batch, balsamic vinegars and olive oils from around the world. The extra virgin olive oils are crushed at precisely the right time so they won' be too bitter, nor too acidic. In the above photo, Julie is sealing bottles so the oil and vinegar will stay fresh and won't spill. If you haven't been to Midtown Olive Oil before, Julie and Kathy (not photographed) will walk you through the flavors and suggested pairings. Some oils, like the French Roasted Walnut, have quite a history. It is made from a method that is over 150 years old. The citrusy Eureka Lemon is produced by pressing whole lemons and olives together. The balsamic vinegars are equally interesting. Some contain fruits, others have combinations of savory spice flavors. These flavors that can turn a simple bag of greens into a gourmet salad.
Today, we're thankful for ABC Wednesday, because the meme inspires us to learn the A-Z details of Greensboro. While we didn't find a giant "O"for our A-Z 2016 Alphabet Series, we did find the lovely cursive one (below) at Midtown Olive Oil. We learned from our visit that a good balsamic vinegar, mixed with a splash of olive oil, is about as good as it gets for salad dressing.