Last weekend my wife and I decided to take our daughter and walk around the nearby town of New Paltz. It’s a great little town that’s equal parts old hippie and young hippie college student that makes a great environment for food. It’s the first place I ever had Soppressata, where I found Northern Italian Cooking by Francesco Ghedini and the home of restaurants like The Main Course, The Taco Shack and the Japanese place I can’t quite remember the name of.
As I discovered that weekend, it’s also the home of a place called Scarborough Fare (8 North Front Street, New Paltz, NY 12561; 845-255-0061) that has specialty olive oils and vinaigrettes on tap. You can go through and taste each one and walk away with whatever size bottle you want filled with your preferred flavor. One of the women who worked there also told us that you can bring in any bottle that has how many ounces it holds on the bottle, so you could theoretically go in there with a Mason jar and walk out with it filled to the lid with Jalapeno olive oil. I went simple with a smaller bottle of kalamata olive oil imported from Greece. I’ll be honest, I don’t know if my palette is quite refined enough to taste all the differences in the flavored versions, but I liked this one and even used it to pan fry some chicken which I’ll post about next week.