Thanks to a constitutional amendment passed at the congressional caucus for condiment rights, oil and vinegar are finally free to legitimize their union and raise a family of adorable dressings and emollients. Relish the rights of relishes with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of oils, vinegars, gourmet gift items, and more at Oil & Vinegar in The Woodlands.
Originally founded in the Netherlands, Oil & Vinegar has expanded to the U.S. to deliver international flavors, gifts, and unique cookware to cultured palates. Aside from a wide selection of high-quality vinegars and oils, the store offers up a gourmet selection of sauces, dressings, dried herb mixes, pasta, cookware, and more in a cheerful setting designed to resemble a Mediterranean market place. A jar of bruschetta dried-herb mix ($11.95) combined with a drizzle of Bonsecco Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil ($9.95 per 100ml) makes a delicious spread atop a crusty loaf of bread or classic novel, and Italian squid-ink pasta ($9.95) is made from Italy's most prolific squid poets. Strawberry balsam vinegar ($7.95 per 100ml) pairs well with cold-pressed walnut oil in a colorful ceramic tapas dish ($4.95), and a stainless-steel oil can ($21.95) greases rusty bodies with a quick dose of heart-healthy omega-threes.
Located in the Woodlands Mall, Oil & Vinegar is easily spotted by a striking backlit wall of suspended glass amphoras containing more than 50 different vinegars and oils on tap. Guests are encouraged to ask the friendly and knowledgeable crew for product advice and sample tastings and may bring their empty oil and vinegar bottles back to the store for refills. Recipes are readily available for select products, and all purchases may be gift wrapped on site.
Though reviews are sparse for The Woodlands location, Oil & Vinegar was featured in Chron.com. More than 500 Facebookers are fans of the store. Yelpers give the Bellevue location an average of four stars:
- They have an outstanding selection of OIL AND VINEGAR... more than 25 varieties! The staff are helpful and friendly -- willing to answer my many questions and provide suggestions. – Jennifer L., Bellevue location
- The name says it all - this is a specialist shop selling flavoured oil and vinegars. The staff are keen to talk to you about their products and encourage tasting… – Yee Gan O., Bellevue location