Fustini’s. Yum.

Posted on June 27, 2011

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On the first day of our vacation my husband and I decided to take a day trip to Ann Arbor.  We visited several of our favorite food destinations, including Spice Merchants and Zingerman’s Deli.  As usual the flavors and selection were fantastic.  I highly recommend checking out both if you ever find yourself in the vicinity.  In fact, if you make the trip during the warmer months, you can also browse the Farmer’s Market, which is conveniently located within sneezing distance of both shops.  But this post isn’t about any of those places, it’s about someplace new: Fustini’s.

Fustini’s is a Michigan business specializing in two things, infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  They have four Michigan locations, Ann Arbor, Holland, Traverse City, and Petoskey.  (For those not in Michigan, they do mail order!)  The store itself was laid out beautifully, smooth wooden floors, long uncluttered counters, and no extra stuff to distract you from the amazing products.

Now all of this might have been enough to get me to buy a bottle of something simple, like a basil olive oil or an aged vinegar.  But Fustini’s doesn’t stop with a great layout and attractive displays.  No.  They go the extra mile.  They let you taste everything.  Each oil or vinegar is stored in a sort of metal cask with a very small and precise spigot on the bottom.  There is a stack of tiny cup next to each cask, along with instructions on how best to warm the oil with your hand before tasting it.  You can even combine things to see how multiple flavors will work together in a dish.

There are even pretty little terra cotta drip trays.  As though anyone would be foolish enough to spill a drop of these delicious liquids…  It goes without saying that I did not leave the shop empty handed.  Neither did my husband.  He chose a bottle of strawberry balsamic, and I chose a bottle of chocolate.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s recipe, featuring my delectable bottle of Fustini’s balsamic!

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