We started off at the Saratoga Farmers Market where we met up with our private tour guide Joe. Our first stop was So Lively Tapenade where we we tried some delicious homemade red pepper chips.
Next, we made our way down to see Ana Mae. Her jams are made from fresh fruit grown in her own garden. I was amazed at the amount of different combinations you could choose from - from Blueberry-Melon to Strawberry-Raspberry, the combos are pretty much unlimited. Her top seller is Sour Cherry which sells for about $5.50 a jar.
We then tried some delicious chocolate peanut butter from Saratoga Peanut Butter Co. I never knew there were so many flavors!
Next, we mosied on down the road to one of Saratogas natural mineral Springs. The water tasted like a bad seltzer to be honest - but at least we can say we tried it!
Next, we headed up the hill to Olde Bryan Inn - one of my favorites. We each had our own Balsamic Beef Bruschetta that was ahhh*mazing! This dish consists of tender hand cut beef tips were combined with fire roasted red and yellow bell peppers, broiled in balsamic vinaigrette, then placed over grilled garlic toast with shredded parmesan cheese. Yum. We learned a little bit about the ghost stories of Old Bryan Inn as well.
Next, we headed over to Broadway to visit the Saratoga Olive Oil Company. What a cool store! Here we sampled a number of flavored balsamic vinegars, gourmet olive oils, sea salts and more. Jen bought the Wild Mushroom and Sage and Tuscan Herb oils.
After that, we headed over to the Saratoga Salsa and Spicy Company. They have a huge selection of all different kinds of hot sauces and homemade salsas. I typically am not a huge cranberry fan, but I tasted this cranberry salsa that was absolutely to-die-for. It was a pleasant burst of fresh, fruity and spicy flavors all in one! The owner also made us try the Scorpion hot sauce - which is made from the hottest pepper on the planet. Whew-weeeee was this hot! We almost had to call in the fire department for Jen.
Last but not least, it was desert time. Usually the tour goes to Betty's Cupcakes, but this day we went to Euginios Cafe Gelato. This place was gelato heaven! For those of you who didn't know (I didn't), gelato is an Italian-style ice cream made with all fresh natural ingredients and has less calories then regular ice cream. I opted for half Rocky Road and half Chocolate Peanut Butter. It was the perfect way to end our tour!
All in all, we had an amazing time. Our tour guide Joe was so kind and knowledgable - you could sense his passion for the amazing food and history of Saratoga. If you have a chance, we highly recommend going on the Saratoga Springs Food Tour. If you have friends coming into town or have a family members birthday coming up, this truly makes a great gift! For more information on the Saratoga Springs Food Tours, visit there website here.