It was a vinaigrette of change, drizzled over and forming a marinade my mind. My excitement of going to work at the Monadnock Oil and Vinegar Company was tempered by the reality that my routine house-of-cards was tossed into the air. Change is never easy, until you throw yourself into it instead of swimming against it. For the first time in over twelve months, I awoke with an eye to creating a new routine. What works best while allowing for old routines? What can I do faster or not at all? Dogs and cats scattered before my mumbling self, as I set the house in order for the day.
So much to learn. The products themselves are indulgent. Who knew there were eight different tastes to pure organic olive oil from around the world? Actually, there are many more than that, but I think starting with eight to educate my palate is plenty.
The customers are fascinating in their reactions. If they have been in before, they are ready for more adventurous tastes or refills of one’s they fell in love with. Several were buying birthday presents. One woman had trekked to the coast, like me, to buy from Laroux Kitchen. She knew exactly what she wanted; almond oil and two bottles of garlic infused olive oil.
Folks encountering the store for the first time were treated to a taste of Korey’s favorite salad dressing. Mixed to order, walnut oil with cranberry pear balsamic. One elderly woman who came in with her son and looked around in wonder at the shiny Futsis lining the counters. I gave her a taste of the dark chocolate balsamic. She left literally smacking her lips. Her son called on his way to taking her home, saying she couldn’t stop talking about the taste, and wanted to order three bottles as gifts.
If nothing else, I’m feeling great about being out in the world. I will not stop writing, but this change is very good. The yin and yang of oil and vinegar.