If you’re looking for a new way to season your vegetables, spice up your fish, marinate your meats, or just create a great dip, then olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings might be for you.
Olive oil is a staple in most Mediterranean diets and has become popular in Western cooking in the recent decades. Many may not know this, but there are over 20 different types of olive oils, infused with various herbs and spices. When paired with infused balsamic vinegars, the flavor combination possibilities are endless.
Generally when it comes to taste testings wine might come to mind, maybe even cheese or coffee, but never oil. The best way to taste test the quality of olive oil is to place a small amount in a glass, and take a sniff. It should smell fresh. If it smells slightly musty or like cardboard the oil is not pure or has gone bad. Don’t worry if you’re a newbie to all of this, the expert doing the tasting will guide you. And if guzzling a little oil by itself sounds unappetizing, you can always pair the oil with a balsamic vinegar or dip in some bread.
Oh yes this is happening right now.
I could go into detail about this cold piece of heaven but then I’d get ice cream all over myself and my keyboard, so I’ll save myself the mess and link to the site, which I do here. TGIF!
Happy first week of summer! Boy is it a hot one. It’s time to officially break out the bathing suits and flip-flops (if you don’t already live in a tropical environment) and go sans on the rain boots. If you’re still working on getting your beach body it’s not too late. Summer is a great time to start back up on those resolutions you made back in January, remember those? Just think of the Summer Solstice as your New Year’s Resolutions 2.0.
Post detox, I’ve decided to jump start my fitness by ringing in the Summer Solstice as many in New York City’s Times Square did this past weekend by doing 108 Sun Salutations. That’s 108 push-ups, 108 namaskarams, 108 upward-facing dogs, 108 downward-facing dogs, and warrior ones in 2 hours. Before my detox thanks to my joints, I could barely get past 25. So initially, I was probably a little crazy for thinking I could do 108, but I’ve always liked a good challenge. Surprisingly I got through the first 60 without needing to take a break and in total I finished about 90 with the rest of my yogi peers. I may have been about 18 short of the 108, but it was still 65 more than I could’ve done 2 months ago.
Baby steps. That’s all it is. Whatever your goals are for this summer, for the rest of this year, for the rest of your life, know that every accomplishment starts with the decision to at least try, because as Confucius once said (Cliché quote alert): “Every journey starts with a single step.”
Good luck and Follow Your Bliss!
What are goals for this summer and what are you doing to stay motivated/what obstacles are keeping you from attaining them?
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