I was picking up some olive oil at the local supermarket, and for the first time, I saw truffle oil sitting on the top shelf. Out of curiosity, being southern and somewhat uncultured, I thought, "I've always wondered what this is all about." I love cooking, and truffles are obviously a part of Haute cuisine. You're not even going to find black truffles in the supermarkets down here, so I thought, "Artificial or not, I want an idea of what this smells and tastes like." I've never heard, on any cooking show, anyone try to describe it. Well, I'll just say it's a vegetable-sulfur-esque smell and taste. It's funky and different. Not really offensive, just different, as opposed to fish sauce. Now, what I'm I going to do with this stuff? It seams like it would work well mixed lightly with creamy pasta dishes.