EVOOlution (as in Extra Virgin Olive Oil) is simply one of the coolest new stores in Edmonton. It's an olive oil and vinegar boutique and tasting bar! They offer incredibly interesting varieties of extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars, many of which have been fused or infused (they'll explain the difference) with creative flavors that compliment everything from salads, meats, desserts, and even drinks!
This place is unique and enlightening. You really don't have to be a professionally trained chef to appreciate all the oils and vinegars they have to offer. The expert staff know the ins and outs of the olive oil and vinegar production process, and they are happy to tell you all about it. The best part: you can taste all of them! You actually won't believe the flavors until you try them. The pricing is simple and surprisingly affordable: 200mL for $12, 375 mL for $18, 750mL for $29!
My palette is what I would consider less than refined, but I couldn't leave without buying 4 kinds: Arbequina (a perfect multi-use olive oil), Ripe Peach White Balsamic (that I mixed with sparkling water and drank - yes, you read that correctly, surprisingly refreshing!), Raspberry Dark Balsamic (to dip brownies in and drizzle on ice cream), and Lemongrass-Mint Balsamic (to add a bit of excitement to salad dressings). Top of my wish list: butter infused olive oil that will make movie night even more enjoyable.
Set aside time to stop by the boutique - taste all they have to offer, or show up with a meal idea in mind and they'll be able to spice it up for you. And if all of the above wasn't motivating enough for you, four words: Dark Chocolate Balsamic Condimento. Go!
Evoolution (10130 104 Street, 587.521.3445, www.evoolution.ca)