Though it was primarily used in ancient Greece to slick the naked bodies of wrestlers, olive oil was also the preferred thirst-quencher for corporate-desk hoplites running their 26.2-mile commute to work. Today's Groupon lets you discover even more uses for the dynamic distillate. For $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet olive oils and vinegars from Con' Olio Oils & Vinegars. This deal is good only for in-store purchases at Con' Olio's Great Hills Shopping Center location.
Olive oils on tap at Con' Olio flow from the olive branches of the Mediterranean, Chile, and Australia. Varieties include the peppery, citrus-tinged Arbosana ($16); tropical, French-styled ultra Picholine ($18); and the buttery Australian Sweet Barnea ($16). You can also pour yourself a tall glass of wild infused oils spiced with flavors of blood orange, garlic, chipotle, or Persian lime (all $18). Con Olio's preserves the diverse, complex flavors of its oils with the specially designed stainless-steel fustis that line its art-adorned walls. Once you've tasted an oil you like, Con' Olio will pour it fresh into a 375-milliliter bottle.
In addition to olive oil, Con' Olio also sells vinegar, which when combined with vim can fill a person with robust, youthful energy. Tart, sweet, or sultry, Con' Olio's vinegars will have you running atop rolling oak barrels for another taste. A strawberry variety perfectly complements a salad of spring greens and walnuts, while the tangerine verves up even the most lifeless whitefish. The dark-chocolate brew can even be used as a topping for ice cream. All vinegars are $17, except for the 18-Year Traditional, which is $20.
Endlessly adaptable, olive oil is not only a culinary treasure that can be used to enhance the flavor of anything edible, it's widely considered the healthiest of oils—extending life and easily usurping the less-wholesome butter and margarine. Olive oil is also a potent preservative, and with enough green gold, a shark tank, some scuba gear, and today's Groupon to Con' Olio, you could live forever.
Con' Olio Oils & Vinegars
Before lining the shelves of Con' Olio Oils & Vinegars, the shop's more then 50 olive oils and vinegars undergo careful taste-testing by owners Jeff and Tabatha Conarko. The husband-and-wife team import their stock from artisans and small-batch producers from around the world, including California, Chile, Greece, and Italy. Ensuring their patrons take home the perfect olive oil or vinegar for their pasta sauces or salad dressings, the Conarkos boast a sip-then-buy policy. They allow customers to sample any of the products directly from the taps of their stainless steel Fusti containers or right from the plump, greasy udders of an olive.
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