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My favorite olive oil

I’ve been feverishly trying to get a few things done before I start posting photos again (a big incentive for me, considering I was significantly behind in posting, and now…. I am LIGHT YEARS behind).  The oodles of pics I have are finally organized into folders instead of one humongous mess. During my obsession to become organized, I had launched two lists: Beer Festivals and Restaurant Weeks.  I had a 3rd “list” planned (unique food events) but it would be a doozy and I’m not so sure I want to use my time compiling yet another list when I have thousands of photos waiting to take up residence on my blog. If all else fails, I’ll somehow incorporate the information I already have into the two lists.  Enough of the boring mechanics of this blog.  I know, you want to see food.  And believe me, I’m ready to begin posting the mouthwatering pics of desserts and dinners Chip and I devoured.

Lemme start with my favorite olive oil, only because some of my recipes call for olive oil, and this golden oil is what I pour onto the garbanzo beans and tahini while making Hummus (I’ll post the recipe soon, promise).  It took a slight bit of “research” on my part a few years back. ‘Twas important for me to know what to look for in choosing GOOD olive oil. (Are the ones in health food stores like Whole Foods better than grocery stores?  Do I look for oil manufactured in a particular country like Italy or perhaps Spain?  Do I choose one in glass or plastic or tin can?)  I wanted answers…and yes, I can handle the truth.  (Cue:  A Food Good Men).   I got super lucky ’cause I came across an article that pretty much answered any questions I could have.

The gist is to buy:

  • extra virgin (okay, majority of the oils state this, but the next 3 bullets is where the process of elimination really begins)
  • cold pressed
  • unfiltered – oil should be cloudy
  • dark, glass bottle – which helps protect the oil from light exposure; you’ll also want to preserve the oil’s health benefit by storing it in a dark place

The article also recommended a particular brand, so I didn’t have much research to do after that (not that I mind research, mind you…but gettin’ good info handed to you is *always* nice).

Drum roll, please…….



Bariani Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Notice both the Harvest Date & Bottling Date are listed



See how oil is unclear and cloudy?  That means it’s unfiltered, and likely not mixed with *other* oils, which most are



Chipster and I like both these 2 oils: Bariani and Central Market’s
We order Bariani online (usually Amazon, but they have a website too) and buy Central Market’s from our local grocery store



We totally use Central Market’s Olive Oil for our breakfasts
Left to right:  Pancakes & eggs (photo from this post); French toast; and fried egg sandwich



Yessssss, a showdown! Just kidding!



Notice how they look exactly the same?!
Alas, Bariani tastes more peppery, and just knowing we’re consuming good, yummy olive oils is hella awesome!

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