Lord, that sounds divine! I love olive oil for everything from cooking to cleaning makeup off my face and moisturizing my hands and feet. Not that I'd be using anything like this on my skin. TOO YUMMY.
I promise to take everyone who ever visits us to this shop, if they want to go!
O.O Holy crap. I think I know what a small bit of my first paycheck is going to next month when I make the transition from broke student to stable-if-not-rich professional...
Mmm.... Lemongrass mint balsamic.... Cilantro onion oil...
It's totally worth rewarding yourself with them!
I had such an opposite experience growing up! I grew up cooking with olive oil. We had a small bottle of vegetable oil that was used only for baking. (My family is half-Spaniard, and the area I grew up has a large Cuban/Spanish/Italian influence.)
When olive oil became "the thing", I was baffled. It was just what we used in the house.
My MIL always remarks on my use of olive oil, saying I have such an exotic palate. Of course, I do chop up onions and garlic for cooking, rather than use garlic salt. ;)
She is otherwise lovely. It's just the cooking thing that makes me feel very Other.
It's definitely the difference between growing up in an ethnic area and growing up in an area so Northern European white that I didn't see a person of color until I was at least 8 or 9 years old!
Oh, that store sounds heavenly. I love olive oil and balsamic vinegars.
When I was growing up, my mother always had a can of bacon drippings
in the refrigerator to cook with. I know it wasn't healthy but it sure
made the food taste good. And mother lived till the age of 89, so it
couldn't have harmed her too much.
I keep some bacon drippings around for precisely this reason. It doesn't take much to add a lot of flavor!
We have a place here that sounds like an almost exact copy of your olive oil store called Stuarto's. I had a splendid time in there and came away with many bottles, at least half of which were to be gifts.
There will be some Christmas shopping there, believe me!
In my childhood, butter or Crisco oil was for baking, Bacon fat (saved in a jar)was for frying.
I'd never heard of/used olive oil, until I met my Irish/Italian husband. Since his Italian mother taught me how to cook beyond the 'meat, potato, two veg' of my background, I did slowly learn to use it.
My hubby is a GREAT cook, and he would be in heaven if a store like that were near!!
Yeah, that was my family's cooking. It's awesome to experiment!
what a lovely thing you have there!!
I'm sure I will be placing a small online order, but it won't be the same thing. A lot of the joy of such selections is in the tasting and mixing and finding 'just the right thing'. And the right thing will be different depending on your mood today
Just don't get that online
Definitely it's more of a Willie Wonka experience when you get to go there.
There's a place like that near my office.
I went once and have never gone back out of fear of bankrupting myself to fill my house with bottles upon bottles of olive oils.
Should I ever have a special recipe to make, I will probably return.
It's a pretty dangerous place, no doubt.
I have two stores like that in my area (for large values of "my area.")
They are wonderfully dangerous places.
Oh, I do love me a good olive oil tasting. Though for my palate, the differences disappear on cooking; I completely don't understand why anyone would use expensive EVOO to cook with when plain ol' olive oil will do just fine.
For dipping or making a vinaigrette, though . . . yum!
Oh, definitely the super good oils are for salads and such.
I checked out their site at lunch and, while I'm not prsonally foodie enough to appreciate this, I'm definitely buying gift certificates for my frind who are!
As an aside I was just looking at my browsing history and thought "Theo live scene .com? I don't remember going there and it definitely doesn't seem like someplace I should go at work." *facepalm*
Truly. It is worthy of the drool.
There's a place like that in Chicago's Old Town shopping district, right by a bulk spice place, I'm blanking on the names of both. LOVE going there, need to go for my new kitchen here - though it sounds like yours may have more a wider array of flavor options!
In my ideal Christmas, I would receive gift certificates from The Olive Scene, Penzey's Spices, and King Arthur Flours.
Bought a bottle of very delicious olive oil at Whole Foods and my husband didn't understand why I bought another bottle when we had some already. They had samples which of course reeled me in. They also had an awesome balsamic reduction with fig which they then cruelly informed us was sold out.
Balsamic with fig is one of the many flavors available at Olive Scene. I will be acquiring some soon.
For a year and a half I worked at one of those stores--the one called Oil & Vinegar. We got to take home samples & the leftovers of big bottles that didn't have enough to sell to customers.
If your store has them--my absolute favorites were the lemon oil olive (for sauteeing green beans), the basil & garlic olive oil (for slow roasting peppers & onions) & the fig balsamic.
They do have them. I will be returning for such goodies soon!