Since I knew I would spend a lot of time in Josie's nursery --sitting, singing, soothing--I required a comfortable chair. The problem with nursery gliders are that most of them are dumpy and unattractive. I wanted a pretty chair that could serve as starship baby, a command center I could sit in comfortably for hours. After what seemed like an eternity shopping around, I finally found one I liked at Pink and Brown, "an organic trendy children's boutique" in Old Town Alexandria. Those are not fake quotes. As in, their words, not mine. The store is absurd. I say absurd, not because of their tagline (which is absurd), but because the store is absurdly expensive. But also, they sell absurdly cute things, like onsies so tiny a medium sized pear would complain it was too tight.
Wait, why am I talking about baby stuff again? I'm getting to the food part, soon, I swear.
While leaving Pink and Brown I noticed a place across the street called Olio. Since Olio sounded like it had something to do with food, I was curious. Inside the store I found dozens of tin buckets that dispensed samples of infused olive oil and vinegar. I tried at least seven before I started feeling like a piggy (As in one of those people who stands in front of the stalls at the farmer's market and hoards the samples from Keswick Creamery. You know who you are). I tried a few more and decided that I could not live without the spicy chipotle infused olive oil, rosemary infused olive oil, and aged balsamic vinegar. I would have bought more had I not just spent all my money in Pink and Brown.
Prior to my visit, I hadn't really explored the shops in Old Town, and I must say, even without the baby store, Olio is totally worth a visit. The store offers a bright, open space---perfect for a little cocktail party/olive oil tasting.
Okay, now back to the baby stuff. How's this for absurdly cute?