We had so much fun on our little shopping trip last weekend. Even though the day before we left home, a Penzey’s order arrived, we went to the Penzey’s store because we had never been to one in real life. All my Penzey’s shopping had been done online.
It was fun to go inside and smell all the spices but I doubt I’d go back. It’s so easy to order online and when we’re in Overland Park/Kansas City, we go so seldom that there’s just so much to do and we have to make the best use of our time. They have all the spices out in little glass jars and you can open them and smell them. Everything was about what one would expect, until we got to the Vietnamese Cinnamon! Oh, my! I have never smelled any cinnamon anything like that. I’m hooked and that will be the only cinnamon we use from now on. I couldn’t wait to get home and make cinnamon rolls. I wish you could smell them! Look at all that yummy cinnamon.
Vince could eat them straight out of the pan but I love the icing. One end of the pan gets less icing than the other so he can have his with just a little icing . . that’s how he likes them; and I can have mine with lots of icing!
The Tasteful Olive was next door to Penzeys. We’ve always been big fans of balsamic vinegar but I had never tasted balsamic vinegar like they had there.
They have little tiny cups and all of the vinegars and olive oils can be tasted. I didn’t taste many of the olive oils . . just didn’t get real fired up about drinking garlic flavored olive oil but the vinegars . . oh, my! When we first walked in and Vince explained to me that we did all the tasting, I thought . . I’m not drinking vinegar! The first one I tasted kinda took my breath but by the time we’d tasted a few of them, I was wanting a glass instead of that tiny little cup. We ended up buying a bottle of traditional balsamic, cinnamon pear balsamic and peach balsamic, along with a couple of olive oils.
For dessert this week, we’ve been having just a tad of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of one of the flavored balsamics over it. Yum!