Olive oil found its culinary use only after being banned from ancient Olympic games, where oil-coated wrestlers were deemed "too delicious for competition." Give dishes a sleek appeal with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet olive oil and vinegar at Antica Olive Oil in Seal Beach.
Antica Olive Oil’s wide selection of imported olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars dress up dishes in mouth-tingling flavors. Bottles of olive oils, pressed from a single cultivar of olive and plucked from estates in Italy, Spain, and Portugal, preen on shelves, and balsamic vinegars aged for 18 years and flavored in wooden barrels impart exotic essences such as cinnamon-pear, almond, espresso, and triple cheeseburger. Attain the different varieties of olive oil and vinegar in 200-milliliter ($10.95), 375-milliliter ($14.95), and 750-milliliter ($18.95) bottles or, for true epicureans, via intravenous drip. Groupon customers will also receive an extra $1 off the refill of any olive oils or vinegars in the store.
Antica Olive Oils, Vinegars and Spices
At Antica Olive Oils and Vinegars, the namesake cooking elixirs adhere to Italian standards stricter than the mothers who created them. The shop stocks a rotating inventory of more than 50 extra-virgin olive oils, which originate in Italy, Spain, Tunisia, and other exotic locales and bear the taste of olives crushed at the peak of harvest months. Creative flavors infuse each oil, with almonds, chipotle peppers, and Tuscan herbs lending their profiles to oil meant for sprinkling on salads or drinking straight out of a champagne flute. White and dark balsamic vinegars also emanate unique flavors–aged apricot, honey ginger, and lavender among them–but their journey to bottles is much longer. They steep in seasoned wood casks in Modena, Italy for up to 18 years and bubble over an open wood fire before immigrating stateside.