Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
fresh organic, extra virgin olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar
Santa Cruz, California
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
I had never heard of the
idea. An olive oil and Balsamic vinegar tasting room?
My youngest sister gushed
over her previous experiences with her tasting, letting us know that there was
even Balsamic vinegar that one could put over fruit or even ice cream!
The idea rattled my brain,
but I decided that we had to go!
This would be a brand new
experience for me and I was excited.
The sign at the entrance
of the Aptos store
We were prepared to "taste,
try and buy!" just as the sign advertises and we walked into the store.
knowledgeable store worker
Large jars and bottles of
all sizes lined the walls as we entered the True Olive Connection in Aptos,
Not knowing what to expect,
Angela came to our rescue and introduced us to the procedures of tasting and
showed us the display locations of their many products.
Mustards, BBQ sauces,
jams, jellies, honeys, pastas and more
To the left of the cashier counter
one will find various mustards, BBQ sauces, marinades, jams, jellies, honeys and
Here in the photo you see a
couple of rectangle boxes which display the products you can taste. If you are a
foodie, you will love this place. How many jams, jellies, honeys and BBQ sauces
can you taste without buying something?
After our various tastings,
products started to find
themselves lining up at the cash register counter.
Olive oil and Balsamic
vinegar tasting table
In the center of the store,
one will find the flavors of oil and vinegar with dipping bread that are being
offered for tasting that day.
The first dip I tried was
the Butter Olive Oil and Maple Balsamic Vinegar.
I literally stopped in my
I know it sounds
ridiculous, but the flavors just knocked my socks off. I had not expected
anything so distinctive and delicious, especially from oil and vinegar.
A little chunk of
sourdough bread dipped into one of the tasting bowls
Balsamic vinegar is a
vinegar originating from Italy and is made from a reduction of cooked white
Trebbiano grape juice. This condiment has been produced in Modena and Reggio
Emilia, Italy since the Middle Ages. A document dated 1046 mentions aceto
balsamico to prove this claim.
These bottles and tubs
of olive oil lined the walls
Here you see a variety of
"fused" and "infused" olive oils for sale, along with the origination of the
olives for producing the oil.
"Fused" olive oil (or oil
also referred to as agrumato in Italy) is made by crushing ripe olives
with whole, fresh fruits, herbs or vegetables at the time of crush.
"Infusion" is the
process of adding flavor to olive oil after it has been made.
Another wall of olive
There were just so many to
try; fused, infused and extra virgin olive oil.
Here you see the wondrous
Maple balsamic vinegar I spoke of earlier, and the Black Cherry was incredible as well.
You would pour a few drops
of the flavored vinegar into the cups placed on the side as pictured here, and
then sip the liquid.
One could always go and
clear out their palate by drinking some water from the water dispenser in the
corner, or by eating some sour dough bread.
After reducing the
Trebbiano grape juice, the resulting thick syrup is then aged for a minimum of
12 years in wooden barrels. These barrels can be of different woods such as
chestnut, cherry, oak, mulberry ash or juniper. The rich vinegar, deep brown in
color has a complex flavor coming from the cooked grape juice and the woods of
for dipping bread
The True Olive Connection
had a list of suggested oil and vinegar combinations for dipping bread. Take a
look. One could certainly plan a tasting party of one's own with these flavors!
A list of various oils
Here you see the list of
oils offered at True Olive Connection. You will see the size of bottle, region
of the olives, price and whether or not they are fused, infused or extra virgin
List of Balsamic Vinegar
Here is the same kind of
list of the Balsamic Vinegars as well. You can make tasting notes for future
reference, and know which ones you preferred or have tasted previously.
If you have never had such
variety of olive oils or balsamic vinegars to choose from, this tasting room is
Friendly, family and food
oriented, check out The True Olive Connection. 2 locations.
The True Olive
7960 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA
Hours: Monday – Saturday,
10AM – 6PM, Closed Sunday
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
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