Being a culinary wizard is far preferable to being an actual wizard, especially now that they're all property of the British government. Make mealtime magic with this Groupon.
$10 for $20 Worth of Olive-Oil and Balsamic-Vinegar Sampler Bottles
Oh, Olive! boasts more than 60 types of extra-virgin olive oils and vinegars in 60-milliter sampler bottles ($5.95 each). Organic tuscan-herb oil mixes sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, and garlic into an ideal salad dressing, and organic basil oil adds flavor to grilled and sautéed foods. Many variants feature a citrusy tang such as the raspberry or fig balsamic vinegar and blood-orange olive oil. Additional options include roasted-walnut oil, grapefruit white balsamic vinegar, chipotle oil, and traditional 18-year balsamic vinegar aged in Modena, Italy.
Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
When faced with lemons—or many other fruits—the proprietors of Oh, Olive! don't contemplate lemonade. Instead, they envision freshly pressed batches of extra-virgin olive oil, such as their tangy Eureka-lemon variant. The family-run shops specialize in this flexible condiment and stock their shelves with estate-produced Delizia oils. Their catalog covers both plain and fused types with flavors that range from the spicy notes of chipotle peppers to the sweetness of blood oranges, a fitting complement to cuts of chicken and fish. They also vend balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. Fruits feature heavily in the imported collection, which includes pomegranate, blackberry-ginger, and cinnamon-pear vinegars in addition to a dark-chocolate infusion and the 18-year balsamic—a traditional vinegar aged in oak barrels and given a high-school diploma.
Often, the staff members don't separate the acts of purchasing and cooking with their wares. They prefer to interact with customers and host tastings, classes, and contests to encourage innovative recipes. Amid more than 60 kinds of oil and vinegar, Oh, Olive! sells meal add-ons as well. Tiesta Tea produces soothing, toasty brews, and stuffed olives contain hidden servings of jalapeños, sharp cheddar, and asparagus.