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Sunday, December 2, 2012

GARLIC SHOPPE - GILROY, CA

THE GARLIC SHOPPE
GILROY, CALIFORNIA

GARLIC SHOPPE
4350 MONTEREY HIGHWAY
GILROY, CA  95020
888-EAT-GARLIC (888-328-4275)

Traveling down the Northern California Coast and we see a sign for a Garlic Shoppe.  I just had to pop in to pick up a few items for Thanksgiving dinner.  We pulled into an empty parking lot and entered the large store that was also empty except for a single employee working behind the cash register.  It took her awhile to acknowledge us but when she did the adventure began.  I asked what was good and she brought us around to a small table and opened the lid.  Inside were samples of most everything in the shop.  She said we had to try the Pickled Garlic so we did.  Wow...not garlicky at all.  Nice garlic flavor but not overpowering.  Sold!  We moved onto several olives stuffed with garlic and hot peppers. I tried the Garlic Jalapeno and Garlic Habenero olives.  Sold!  Then came the Garlic Tortilla Chips with Garlic Psycho Hot Salsa.  Sold!.  The Garlic Pistachios were great.  Sold!  You must try the Garlic Dude Dust she said.  "It is our best seller".  Tried the dust and Sold!  The only thing I did not try is the Garlic Ice Cream.  It was just too early and I had no desire for ice cream.  Looking back now, I wish I would have tried the Garlic Ice Cream just for the heck of it.  We also bought fresh garlic and probably other things that I forgot.  We arrived at our Thanksgiving Dinner with enough garlic products for a year.   Turns out not too many people liked garlic at our family dinner.  I dug into the treats with abandon and loved it.  Everyone else went for the carrots, celery and ranch dip.

SAW THIS BUILDING OFF THE HIGHWAY AND HAD TO STOP FOR SOME GARLIC
LOOKS LIKE AN OLD RESTAURANT OR SOMETHING
GILROY IS THE GARLIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD AND HOSTS
THE ANNUAL GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL
THE GARLIC SHOPPE TASTING TABLE
LARGE STORE WITH EVERYTHING GARLIC
FRESH GILROY GARLIC
YES - GARLIC ICE CREAM IS FOR SALE 
I WENT IN FOR THE ICE CREAM BUT PULLED BACK WITH NOTHING.
DID NOT HAVE THE TASTE FOR GARLIC ICE CREAM ON THIS MORNING
CASHIER OPENED THE LID ON SOME GREAT TASTING SAMPLES.
THIS IS THE PICKLED GARLIC
LOVED THE GARLIC CHIPS
I LOVE PISTACHIOS AND THE GARLIC KICKED UP THE TASTE
PSYCHO HOT GARLIC SALSA WAS NOT TOO HOT AND GOOD
GARLIC HABANERO STUFFED OLIVES
GARLIC JALAPENO STUFFED OLIVES
SPICY PICKLED GARLIC WAS NOT TOO SPICY AND REALLY MILD
GARLIC DUDE DUST IS DELICIOUS.  I PUT IT ON TURKEY, STUFFING,
VEGETABLES AND EVERYTHING ELSE DURING THANKSGIVING

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