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Going to, and Prepping for: The FANCY FOOD SHOW

The Fancy Food Show is a critical step to take for every small gourmet food business looking to take themselves to the next level for both wholesale and retail sales. Summary: I’m asked all the time if the Fancy Food Show is an event worth attending and having a booth at, mostly because it’s so “expensive!” My answer is always, “YES!” There are many reasons why, but here are what I feel are the most important. First: Exposure, there is no other event like it in the USA that has […]

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OF4 – Olio Nuovo Tasting with Sciabica – from Modesto CA

Tasting Sciabica’s 2015 Olio Nuovo – from Modesto California In this episode of the Olive Fantastic Video Blog, I’m tasting 3 x Olio Nuovos from the Sciabica Family, located in Modesto California. Name: Manzanillo Sciabica Olio Nuovo Variety/Blend: 100% Manzanillo Date Harvested: November 2015 Bottle Size/Format: 250ML/500ML/1500ML/Clear/Cap Pour-Spout Insert Price: $26.00/500ML bottle Nose: 1 out of 3 – Soft aromas of freshly harvested olives, green grass, herbaceous Fruitiness: 2 out of 3 – Lots of green flavors like crisp pears, freshly cut grass, herbaceous vegetables and fresh olives Bitterness: 2.2 out of 3 – A good dose of bitterness, due […]

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats team prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog (I started my blog in September, so about 4 months worth of data is here).  Let me know what you think. Here’s an excerpt, check it out: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report.

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OF3 – Olio Nuovo Tasting with Calivirgin – from Lodi CA

Tasting Calivirgin’s 2015 Olio Nuovo – from Lodi California In this episode of the Olive Fantastic Video Blog, I’m tasting Olio Nuovo from the Coldani Family, located in Lodi California. Name: Calivirgin Olio Nuovo Variety/Blend: Arbequina primarily, with pollinators of Arbosana and Koroneiki Date Harvested: Late November 2015 Bottle Size/Format: 500ML/Clear/Push Pour Spout Price: $32.00/bottle Nose: 2 out of 3 – Nice aromas of freshly harvested olives, ripe apples and almonds Fruitiness: 2.5 out of 3 – Great flavors of freshly harvested olives, buttery on the front with a herbaceous finish, and ripe green […]

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OF2 – Tasting: Olio Nuovo, Nuevo, Novello – Intro – Want me to feature yours?

I’ll be doing one of my favorite things: Tasting & Featuring Olio Nuovos over the next few episodes – Here is my Intro Video In this episode of the OF video blog, I introduce the next few videos I’ll be posting – a series where I’ll be tasting and analyzing Olio Nuovos focusing on education of the oils and awareness.  Also called Olio Nuevo and Olio Novello, which all translate to “new oil.”  This oil is super special, because it’s extra virgin olive oil that has just been made, literally fresh off the […]

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Cooking with EVOO: Olive Oil Equivalents to Butter

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My family cooks everything using extra virgin olive oil. Olive Oil cooking equivalents to butter (dang, I know butter tastes pretty awesome, but it can be replaced in all cases by extra virgin olive oil!) – just try it, trust me, your body will appreciate it! 1 tsp of butter = 3/4 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1Tbsp of butter = 2 1/4 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup of butter = 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup of butter = 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 cup of […]

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Olio Nuovo – It’s “New Oil” Season in California!

This is the best time of the year to experience FRESH extra virgin olive oil! – OLIO NUOVO (October – January) This is the best time of year to purchase extra virgin olive oil in California, because we are in the middle of harvest, and the oil is FRESH and bursting with flavor!  Literally just pouring off the polishers (pictured below).  Extra Virgin Olive Oil is best in flavor, best for you, rich and thick when…. FRESH! Experience it for yourself by purchasing a fresh bottle of extra virgin olive […]

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OF1 – How to taste extra virgin olive oil – the 4 x S’s – Swirl, Sniff, Slirp, Swallow – with Dewey – Episode #1

In this video I teach you how to taste extra virgin olive oil by using the “Four S’s” process. – The Video Blog of Olive Fantastic – I would love to have everyone learn how to taste olive oil because it’s a product we consume and use in our cooking every day.  In this video I teach you a very basic process for tasting and analyzing olive oil, one that you can follow anytime.  First I want to acknowledge Nancy Ash, because it has been her work that lead to […]

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Olive Oil Attributes and Descriptors – Used When Tasting and Evaluating Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting is similar to tasting wine, you are tasting to judge if you like it or not, then use words like I have below to describe it. In general, there are three categories of extra virgin olive oil: Delicate Fruity Robust The specific attributes noted when tasting are: Fruitiness – The aroma of the oil and overall flavor of fresh, high quality, extra virgin olive oil Bitterness – An attribute good quality extra virgin olive oil has due to it’s fresh squeezed qualities, some oils are […]

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Cutting open an olive with fly damage – Olive Fruit Fly Video – Yikes!

The Olive Fruit Fly is one of the only pests an olive tree, and olive fruit has.   I wanted to show the damage Olive Fruit Fly can have on olive fruit.  If you farm olives, you understand how annoying and devastating a bad infestation can be. In this video, I cut the olive open to inspect the damage and find the larva of the fly that has advanced to the pupa stage. This whole process starts with an adult fly landing on an olive, puncturing it, and laying an egg […]

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