Walking into Olive This Olive That will make you feel like you are stepping into a little shop in Tuscany. Located in the Noe Valley in the heart of San Francisco, Olive This Olive That is nestled between old Victorian homes straight from a storybook and charming one-of-a-kind shops. Set in a quiet neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this specialty store brings you together with artisans who share their passion for local food and flavors.
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If you couldn’t guess by the name, Olive This Olive That focuses on all things olive! The owners, Janell and Mary, have done a fabulous job of creating a warm and inviting place for you to find an array of fresh extra virgin olive oils from California (certified by the California Olive Oil Council), along with a few select international oils as well. Janell, an official olive oil sensory panel member of the California Olive Oil Council, is eager to teach you about all the flavor nuances of each olive oil and assist you in choosing the right flavor oil for your palate and cooking style. Olive This Olive That also has a wide selection of flavored balsamic vinegars from California made with organic fruits and herbs and a deliciously sweet traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena Italy that you must try!
The best part of Olive This Olive That is you are encouraged to explore and taste everything. Tired of your typical olive oil and vinegar salad dressing? Try blending the Basil Olive Oil with Summer Peach White Balsamic Vinegar instead! How about drizzling Lime Olive Oil blended with Coconut Balsamic Vinegar over grilled shrimp? Are you getting hungry yet?
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Once you learn the wonderful flavor characteristics of fresh extra virgin olive oil, you can have fun creating unique and delicious meals for your friends and family. If you need a little inspiration to get started, join one of Olive This Olive That’s cooking classes! You will quickly learn that olive oil can be used for more than just a vinaigrette on your salad. With all the varieties and flavors to choose from, you can’t help but take your food to the next level. Private tastings are also available if you would like to learn even more about the different olive oil varieties and their characteristics. Pairing olive oil with food to enhance the flavor is similar to a wine pairing and is a great way to find out which varieties you enjoy the most.
Olive This Olive That has olive it! Every nook and cranny is filled with unique items waiting to be discovered – pastas, seasoned sea salts, smoked brown sugar, locally made honey, olive wood bowls and cutting boards and even olive oil skin care products to name just a few. Olive This Olive That has something for everyone. You won’t leave empty handed!
Visit this foodie-find at 304 Vicksburg St. in San Francisco or at www.olivethisolivethat.com.
Photographs taken by The Grove & Co. at Olive This Olive That in Noe Valley, CA