The Tasteful Olive

November 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

On a recent trip to Napa Valley, we were blown away by a fabulous store that featured every imaginable flavor of olive oil. The best part was that sampling was encouraged before buying. Open the spigot, let a few drops fall into a tiny, tiny cup and dip a piece of bread or your finger in the oil to taste. Ah.

It gets even better. Now you don’t have to fly to Napa to have that same sensual experience. The Tasteful Olive has come to old Overland Park, offering a plethora of olive oils as well as flavored vinegars at a fraction of the price of those California shops.

Big jugs of olive oil are yours for the tasting. Once you choose from 20 varieties, including blood orange, fig, truffle and Tuscan herb, simply tell the salesperson what size bottle you’d like to buy. Small, medium or large–200, 375 or 750 ml, the latter being the size of a typical wine bottle. The salesperson will then fill a bottle and seal it with foil, using an old-fashioned hair dryer to complete the job. The date and flavor are added to the label lest you forgot when or what you bought.

The 18 or so types of vinegar are equally stunning, from chocolate balsamic to blueberry or apple. The store also stocks dried pasta, sauces, chutney and other gourmet items.

With the holiday season upon us, this would be the perfect place to find gifts for the cooks in  your life.

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