“I buy extra virgin olive oil by the case (much less expensive this way) and reach for it several times a day. I use it to marinate and cook my protein, saute my vegetables, and drizzle on my salads.” — Suzanne Somers
Running errands in Victoria’s core downtown,
I stopped at Olive This & More to pick up
another bottle of Tuscan herb
infused olive oil, a staple in our cupboard.
This was supposed to be a quick stop.
Not so…………I was soon side-tracked.
As I was processing the information on a label of extra virgin olive oil, a helpful staff member urged me to try a series of three different olive oils. The first one was made from the arbosana olive, a Spanish cultivar grown in Chile, and was noted as a mild flavoured olive oil.
Next was an oil of the picual olive, a Spanish cultivar grown in Australia. Immediately I could taste the difference.
Then I tried the oil from the picholine olive, a French cultivar grown in Australia, yielding a strong flavoured oil. The difference was remarkable!
Just like the the taste of wines
varies according to the grapes
(among other factors),
so it is with olive oils.
The shop offers ready-made gift baskets, or you can choose products to have a basket put together.
……………..and concentrated sauces from That Extra Touch in Qualicum Beach.
Saltwest Naturals in Sooke also offers a line of bath salts, below.
What an array of very distinct products, all made right here on Vancouver Island!
And of course, Olive This & More offers specialty oils, as well as white and dark balsamic vinegars, plus infused balsamic vinegars.
These are some of the oils and vinegars already in our cupboard.
Picking up my Tuscan herb infused olive oil, for which I originally came, I added some small gift packs which are always appreciated by the recipients.
Olive This & More
619 Broughton St, Victoria
Mon-Fri 10 – 5:30, Sat 10 – 5, Sun 12 – 4.