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Coconut balsamic vinegar ココナッツバルサミコ酢
 

ダウンタウンのケリータウン地区にバルサミコ酢とオリーブオイル専門店Fustiniがあります。
主にフルーツで味付けされたバルサミコ酢、そして各種オリーブオイルがずらっと並んでいて、お店自体も広くて明るくていい雰囲気。敷居も高すぎず、味見し放題で、とっても楽しいお店です。
1本買うと4合瓶より少し小さめくらいの量でお値段も$10〜$18くらいするので1本ずつ買って試しています。前のボトルをきれいに洗ってもらっていけば少し値引きしえもらえるしね♪
記念すべき1本目はココナッツ味のバルサミコ酢でした。買ってからもう何ヶ月も立つけどまだまだおいしくいただいてます。お酢なのにココナッツのまったりとした甘みがちゃんとあってエビ、白身魚、豚肉、鶏肉、と何にかけてもアジアとイタリアのすてきなマリアージュが楽しめます♪あと、まだやってないけどカレーにも入れてみたいな〜。
そうそう、ここはギフトにも最適で、去年は日本にここのオイルとお酢を贈りました。
私の次の狙いはベリー系の甘みの強いお酢。帰国までにいくつ試せるかな〜(^^)

Fustini is a great shop in Kerrytown selling olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Balsamic vinegar infused mainly with fruit or herbs, and good quality olive oil all line up neatly on shelves along the wall as you enter, and the spacious and bright shop is welcoming.
The vinegar and oil all come in bottles only slightly smaller than a wine bottle, and the price range is high although not unaffordable ($10 - $18, I think) so it's not a place I would go for daily needs. However you do get a discount if you bring a clean bottle of the previous vinegar/oil for a refill (and you don't have to choose the same one!), so I am buying one bottle at a time and slowly go through as many flavours as I can.
The best thing about this shop is that it isn't so pretentious. The staff are helpful, and encourage to sample as many flavours as you like, which is exactly what I did before finally deciding to get the coconut balsamic vinegar.
Now this coconut balsamic vinegar is really good. It's obviously got the sourness of vinegar but it's also sweet and mellow and tropical. So far I have enjoyed it as a dressing, or flavour booster for shrimp, whitefish, pork, and chicken, and they all ended up tasting really professional: just the right balance of Italy and Asia. 
Although I haven't tried it yet I'd love to add a little of this wonderfulness in a curry. 

 pork and pepper stir fry flavoured with coconut balsamic vinegar. yum!
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