A New Favorite Specialty Food Store: We Olive: The Olive Oil Experience

There are few things I love more than delicious specialty food stores. Yes, they're a bit more expensive than your Safeway's, Targets and the like, but we live in the Marina area - so we're not surprised when we pay a bit more for groceries than we would elsewhere. 

I wandered into We Olive today after I left the gym, and was lucky to be the only patron in the store at this particular moment to get help from the owner Ferris. 

He let me know that all of their olive oils are sourced in California as are their balsamics, except for one that's from Italy. I also got to taste a number of their olive oils in flavors like garlic, lemon, basil, and their peach white balsamic - and if you have not been to this place yet and live in the area. You MUST try it. Their products are local, Non GMO and organic, and they are proud supporters of the American Heart Association. This is special to me because my sorority, Alpha Phi personally supports AHA causes through our events and activities. 

Additionally, they host cooking classes for $60.00 a person or $110.00 a couple. They clear out their bar area (which normally features a number of impressive oils and vinegars, tasters etc.) to fit the group behind the bar, and host a cooking session for patrons to partake in. Prior to the cooking class, attendees participate in wine and olive oil pairings and tastings, then learn tips, tricks and techniques to better their skills, while learning new ways to incorporate Ferris' wide selection of oils, spreads, vinegars and salts. 

Next week, on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm PT the course will be, "How to Cook a Perfect French Omelette." I'm looking to participate (if I can get off work early enough!) Would make for a wonderful blog post. 

Anyways, after stopping in today I also grabbed a taster package of oils and vinegars, along with an arugula, pine nut pesto spread (one for myself and one for my sister for her housewarming gift, as she just moved to the city a few streets down). 

You have to get in and try this place! 

Cute packaging on my olive oil and vinegar samplers, the pesto spread and a fresh ciabatta rosemary bread I got from the Chestnut Street Bakery a few doors down. 

Cute packaging on my olive oil and vinegar samplers, the pesto spread and a fresh ciabatta rosemary bread I got from the Chestnut Street Bakery a few doors down. 

The peach white balsamic vinegar can be drizzled on top of fresh fruit, poured over yogurt, your favorite ice cream, gelato or sorbet. 

The peach white balsamic vinegar can be drizzled on top of fresh fruit, poured over yogurt, your favorite ice cream, gelato or sorbet.