Oil and Vinegar Does Mix

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The rays of sun shine down on the ribbon cutting

Most people have heard the saying “oil and vinegar don’t mix”. Well, Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Bar will change your mind about that as they bring a new concept in eating healthy to the Shreveport-Bossier area.

In 2013, Barbie Page convinced Carline Procell, while on a girls trip in Florida, to visit a fresh olive oil tasting shop. bn11After tasting the “fresh” oil, they both knew this was something that needed to be explored further. Carline was diagnosed in 2007 with breast cancer and she understood the many health benefits of olive oil and vinegar. She explained to me that olive oil and vinegar both have a long list of health benefits, including containing cancer-fighting nutrients. Carline and Barbie began ordering oils through the mail, learning more about the benefits and flavors. Eventually they attended a conference in California where they were trained to judge and taste olive oil. These gals know their oil and vinegar and want to share their knowledge with the community. Oil and vinegar does mix!

bn02Making healthy eating choices was only part of the journey for Barbie and Carline. The flavors are as important and they want people to learn how to cook with their products.They encourage their customers to understand the tastes and benefits of using Bella Nonnas oils and vinegars. They love to pair oils and vinegars with foods and share the experience of learning, tasting and cooking. In addition to selling oil and vinegar, they offer Olive Oil 101 classes, pairings and cooking demos.

bn04Bella Nonnas says that olive oil is best when fresh and vinegar is best when aged. In fact, most olive oils that are purchased in grocery stores are already rancid and we have become accustomed to low quality. Bella Nonnas’ freshness will  surprise you. The oils they sell have been crushed within six months. Their inventory of oil and vinegar includes over 1000 pairings from all over the world, which makes it part of the fun. A few of my favorites were the Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar, Butter Infused Olive Oil, Chipotle Olive Oil, Serrano Honey Balsamic Vinegar and the 18 year aged vinegar. They offer trial sizes, small bottles, large bottles and gift packs of oils and vinegars. Bring your empty bottle back when you finish to get $2 credit toward your next purchase. In addition, they carry salts, soaps books and original pottery by Gretchen Murchison of Natchitoches  Online ordering of vinegar and oil is available. (Think holiday gifts)

Bella Nonnas is located at 1409 E. 70th Street, Suite 107-B, Shreveport, Louisiana. Bella Nonnas is a member of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. Several restaurants around the area are test serving Bella Nonna products. Ask if you go: 

  • 2Johns
  • L’Italiano
  • Roma’s

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That Just Happened!!
Robin Williams
Marketing Maven, Holiday Lanes

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Barbie Page and Carline Procell, owners of Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Bar

Barbie Page and Carline Procell, owners of Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Bar

 

Cold-pressed Juice

I have to admit that I haven’t been to work-out at my gym (Fit Nation) in a few weeks. (That means a couple of months in my life) I just returned from a trip to Mexico. While I was there I went zip-lining. It made me remember why I “should” work-out. My body is feeling the pains. So today I decided to head on in for a little interval circuit. Well Fed DoorHalf-way through my work-out, a decal on the door in the circuit room caught my eye. It was a decal that had a fun and funky wellness vibe. I couldn’t look away. It seemed as if it was saying “stop, come see me”, so I did and I found that a new juice bar had been added while I’ve been away.

Well+Fed Louisiana Cold-Pressed Juice just launched a soft opening in Fit Nation in the Heart O Bossier Shopping Center in Bossier City. I’ve considered juicing in the past, but knew that if I purchased a machine, it would end up collecting more dust than veggies. Well Fed MachineWhen I walked in I was greeted by Dany. Dany told me all about the cold-press process and also told me that they had sold out all but two jars of juice for the day. Dany introduced me to his wife, Lindsi Martin. Lindsi shares ownership of Well+Fed with Ashley Everage. Lindsi let me sample the  Carrot, Apple, Ginger Juice, which is “Roots #2” on the menu. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but I was surprised. It was a really nice combination and the flavors made my taste-buds explode. I’m not usually a fan of ginger, but I liked it . . . I really liked it.

Well Fed Menu BoardCurrently there are ten different juices on the menu. A twelve ounce juice will cost you $8. If you bring your empty jar on your next visit, you will receive $1 off the next juice. Lindsi explained to me that cold pressing retains more vitamins and good stuff than other juicing methods.

I’m bringing my $8 on my next visit and will be trying the “Fruits #1”, which is watermelon, grapefruit, mint and lime. I can’t wait! Now it’s your turn to stop by Well+Fed and tell them I sent you.

And be sure to follow them and watch for their grand opening dates:

That just happened,

Robin Williams,

Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes