I love holidays that involve receiving gifts. And, for me, that includes Christmas. This year, among the treats, oil and vinegar from Old Town Oil, located. . . you guessed, in Old Town (actually at 1520 North Wells Street in Chicago). I have, I think, never been there. But I have tasted their wares – and they definitely pass inspection. My partner, who provided the oil and vinegar (a balsamic with pomegranate) was amazed by the tasting possibilities. I was and am amazed at the delightful gift.
What most amazes me, I think, is the on-premises bottling. I ought say, as well, that though I am currently sitting many many miles from the bottles, which are in Chicago (and I am not), I can still taste both the oil and the vinegar. The vinegar itself is right at the cusp of tart and sweet, with a delightful juicy stickiness to it. (I did use it in a kind of compote I made with some left over prunes and other bits of fruit. I imagined it might work. It definitely did.)
BUt why Old Town. Well, if you do not know, there is a section of Chicago called "Old Town." It even has funky signage. Here is a related site. (The section on history is dandy; in part, what it does is tell you what is at a location now -- and what was there "then" -- whenever then was. In the case of Old Town Oil, here's the history. When was the last time you used the phrase "go-go club?") And, here is the relevant wikipwdia article, in which you can learn about the neighborhood and its history. Did oyu know that the first homophile organization known in the US made its home in . . . Old Town? Neither did I, though I knew it was Chicago.
So: a good place to get gifts. For me. For anyone. Old Town Oil. Old Town. Chicago