Revisiting

Today I revisited two places that I have told you about before.  The first place I went back to was Aria Salt Therapy Center for my second session.  This time I was in a semiprivate room.  I do think that the treatments help with sinus and allergy problems.  I have not had the sneezing episodes that I previously had.  My absolute favorite part of the entire experience is the zero gravity massage chair.  It is awesome–soft music, zero gravity and dim lights.  Do I need to say more?  It is a wonderful experience.

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Then I was off to the The Virgin Olive Oiler to get a refill of Organic Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Durango Smoke Flavored Salt. I love both of these products.  You can use these products on a variety of foods.  **You can use them to make the best baked potatoes.  Nothing else but a little freshly ground pepper is needed. While there I did purchase a Rosemary Flavored Salt. to try.

The Virgin Olive Oiler

**Recipe for the best darn baked potatoes.  Use whatever type of white potatoes you prefer.  Scrub them–don’t wash, scrub them.  After scrubbing the potatoes, pierce them many, many times with a fork.  Then take the Organic Extra Virgin Butter Olive Oil and rub it all over the potato making sure you cover it well.  Sprinkle with the Durango Salt and freshly ground pepper.  Wrap in foil and bake on 375 until done.  If you want the skin crispy then uncover the potatoes for the last ten minutes or you can bake uncovered the entire time.  You can eat the entire thing.

Another way to do it without using foil.  Follow the washing instructions then slice the potatoes, but not all the way through–you want them to look like an accordian.  Drizzle with the Organic Extra Virgin Butter Olive Oil, sprinkle with the Durango Salt and freshly ground pepper then bake in a 400 degree oven until done.  So much better than french fries.

Sliced Bake potatoes

Take time to visit these two wonderful places.  You can visit them online at:  www.ariasalt.com and www. and www.thevirginoliveoiler.com.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Who Knew?

Who knew there were so many varieties of extra virgin olive oil?  I didn’t and neither did some of my best girlfriends.  We decided to learn more; so off we went to an olive oil tasting at The Virgin Olive Oiler here in Ft.Worth.

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It was an amazing, entertaining and informative event.  Just the store itself captured our curiosity.  Everywhere we turned there were shiny barrel like containers filled with many varieties of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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We were given a really interesting talk on the ins and outs of extra virgin olive oil. We asked so many questions, but Charles the owner seemed eager for even more questions. From information about the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil to the tasting of the varieties–everything was explained.

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Charles instructed us on the correct way to taste, and then we started tasting. We tasted from light to bold varieties. We mixed varieties of balsamic vinegar to varieties of extra virgin olive oil–comparing each one.  We were also served horderves with of course some type of extra virgin olive and balsamic vinegar complimenting each dish.

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Each one of us left with a purchase and vowed to be back.

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Today we had good food and wine with good friends, and we all learned something.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

You can contact The Virgin Olive Oiler at www.thevirginoliveoiler.com or follow them on facebook.

Lunch With Chef Tre Wilcox

Well Weight Watchers starts again tomorrow in full force, but I do have to say thank you to them.  If it was not for Weight Watchers, I would not have been able to enjoy my lunch with Chef Tre Wilcox.  I would have eaten it, but I would feel guilty–not this time.  Love you Weight Watchers and my trainer Marsha Taplett owner of So Fit.

Now on to the chef, I mean the food.  Hey, they were one in the same.  I had a ball with my sister Carol and a mother and daughter duo from Dallas.  I know you have all heard of Chef Tre Wilcox who participated twice on Top Chef.

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The man can cook.  We have “lunch and learn” at work.  If the lunches had Chef Tre cooking–well they would be very well attended. He prepared a 4 course lunch complete with a cocktail and/or wine.

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While he cooked, he explained the dish that he was preparing.  He told us the ins and outs of the dish, and why he chose certain varieties of oils, vinegars and other ingredients. I kept looking for the gas range–induction was his choice.

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It was time to go.  I was informed, full and happy!  Oh, I also left with a box of chocolates from Chocolate Secrets. The man gives candy too!

Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.  You may be a woman of a certain age, but reading the menu takes on a different meaning when having fun.

You can get in touch with Chef Tre at http://cheftre.eventbrite.com/ and Chocolate Secrets at www.chocolatesecrets.net.