Friday, May 5, 2006

Sauces, Syrups, Vinegars & Oils

I'll be away for a few days and won't be posting so I thought I'd leave you with a few of my favorites sauces, syrups, vinegars and oils. I know I've written about most of them, but I haven't shown photos. Most of this stuff is readily available either on line or at a good market. I've given links and information below. Click on photos to enlarge.

Napa Valley Naturals Extra Virgin Olive Oil, available at the Arcata Coop, Arcata, CA. Bariani Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sacramento estate grown, produced & bottled

Fondo di Trebbiano Balsamic of Modena, aged 8 years then bottled. Thick and syrupy with a raspberry-like flavor, available at Tuco's Cafe and Wine Market in Davis, CA. Tony Tantillo Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, a descent, everyday balsamic, avaliable at Safeway

I always have Michael Chiarello's NapaStyle Toasted Spice Rub and Cocoa Spice Rub in my kitchen. I use them on all kinds of meats and roasted vegetables. NapaStyle makes many types of spice rubs but these are my favorites.

Cuisine Perel is located in San Rafael, CA. They make many vinegar products and a lot more. These are my favorite Cuisine Perel vinegars, Black Fig, D'Anjou Pear, and Spicy Pecan.
La Tourangelle Toasted Walnut Oil, grown and produced in Woodland, CA. I recently saw it in the gourmet section of our local safeway and at the Nugget Market in Davis.
Saloio Portuguese Olive Oil is deeply flavored and is best used as a dipping oil. Available at Tuco's Wine Market and Cafe in Davis, CA.
Kozlowski Farms of Sonoma County, Premium Burgundy Wine Vinegar is a good all-round red vinegar. Others from Koslowski that I use mostly in vinaigrettes are Black Raspberry Vinegar and Red Raspberry Vinegar. All are available at a well-stocked market.
Golden Whisk POMEGRANATES au MERLOT maybe purchased by contacting; This was updated on 8-30-06.
Tulocay's Made in Napa Valley, Baja Marinade with Chiles and Lime. This is superb with fish, chicken and pork. Available on-line and in kitchen and specialty stores.
Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar from Trader Joe's and Grapevine Trading Company. Fantastic for lighter marinades, salads, fruits. Go asian by adding garlic, ginger, cilantro, hot peppers, lime juice and soy sauce for a chicken or fish marinade that's hard to beat.

I'll be back soon with more product updates.
Last updated, August 30, 2006


  1. I would love to come and buy some of the sauces etc at the places you mention, I think I will have to make do with Taj an Asian family store in Brighton,East Sussex, England!!

  2. Hi Anne, Just to let you know, some of these items may be available by mail order. Or we could do what we did before - have an order sent to me and I'll mail it to you!


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