Sweet And Sour

Just when we thought we couldn't taste anything more delicious than the balsamic reductions from Vervacious, we stumble upon the blueberry balsamic vinegar from LeRoux Kitchen in Portland, Maine.

We had a little time to kill in the Old Port yesterday, and what better place to spend some time — and money — than Le Roux? When we walked by the storefront, handwritten signs announcing the vinegar's arrival piqued our interest, and when we went in for a sample, we were hooked.

How could a sweet vinegar be so complex? And how could something so obviously fruity taste so good? We truly have no idea. But what we do know is this: If you go to LeRoux, you must buy the Maine wild blueberry balsamic. And, thanks to LeRoux's brilliant olive oil and vinegar tasting bar, you can sample freely — pretend you're at a wine tasting and sniff, swish and taste. The best part is, you won't have to spit it out. Not that you'd want to.

We'd recommend drizzling this balsamic over fresh fruit with a dash of ground black pepper or whisking it into a vinaigrette. Just skip the garlic and go light on the oil. Because this vinegar truly shines on its own, it doesn't need much in the way of accompaniment.

Take it from The Maven — it's the berries.

LeRoux Kitchen is located at 161 Commercial St. in Portland. For more information, call 207.553.7665.


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