Lifestyle & Parenting

Oil of Olé

June 2, 2011

Shamefully, we admit, we used to buy olive oil for the pretty bottle.

Now that Montreals Olive
& Olives
has set up shop along Riversides growing gourmet strip,
we care more about what’s inside. Displayed under a giant faux olive
tree, the boutiques 50 varieties of extra virgin are produced and
bottled in Spain by artisanal estates.

Our palate was piqued by the picante notes of O&Os
organic private label
(from $13.95), canned Manzanilla olives
stuffed with blue cheese ($3.25), Andalusian tapenades and oil-infused
chocolate ($3.95).

Dont know an arbequina from an arbre blanque? Tasting workshops ($35/2
hours) will have you warming, sniffing and sipping your way to oil
aficionado (and no harm in choosing one that matches the AGA).

Olive & Olives opens on June 4 in time for this weekends Riverdale
Art Walk
, 779 Queen St. E., Toronto, 416-551-8181,


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