Besides Romaine and myself there were two nice young couples in our tour group,
OMG. I swear, this was a life-changing experience. I swear, if I lived in Portland I'd worship like a dog at the the shrine of these oils and vinegars - all right, perhaps I wax a weence hyperbolic, but words can scarce express the lingual sensation, the sunburst of flavor produced by a few drops of one of these these oils, these vinegars - the far-removed aristocratic relatives of the proletariat stock I've been buying my whole life from Krogers - upon the tongue.
After our initiation to the astounding world of really good oils and vinegars we were invited to wander the store and help ourselves to samples of the dozens of varieties available.
Fortunately (and probably not by accident), our next sampling was of something delicious enough to distract our hyper-stimulated taste-buds from the memory of those oils and vinegars.
I vowed that before the sun set on that day I'd return to this place for a whole sandwich and maybe a mess of the gorgeous-looking curly-fries I saw the customers carrying away.
Our next stop was at a crowded little hole-in-the-wall coffee place called Courier Coffee,
Romaine offered me a try of her wine. I tried.
"Do you like it?" she asked.
"No," I replied.
It was at that moment I realized that I'll never be an epicurean, gourmet, or culinary foodie of any stripe whatsoever. I have the palate of a 10-year-old.
Our final destination was a dessert stop at an ice cream emporium called Ruby Jewel,
Did I say over?
Ah no, there was one more stop to make.