Like Civil War reenactors, the Montagues and the Capulets, or Hulk Hogan’s muscles and Andre the Giant’s desire to be body-slammed, oil and vinegar are opposing forces that combine to form something beautiful. Make opposites attract with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet olive oil and seasonings at Florida Olive Oil in downtown Naples and on Sanibel Island.
Florida Olive Oil’s sumptuous line of oils, sauces, balsamic vinegars, and other vittle-invigorators bathe grateful mouths in immersive flavor. Winner of a gold medal at the Los Angeles County Fair, Arbequina olive oil rescues breads from the brink of blandness with a buttery nose and a mild-pepper finish ($16/375 mL). Explore exotic culinary avenues escorted by a flavor-infused olive oil, such as chipotle or blood orange ($16/375 mL each), elevating a simple piece of sautéed fish to the standards of hungry dinner guests or shipwrecked restaurant critics. Balsamic vinegar knocks the socks off sauces and marinades as well as leafy greens in more than a dozen dazzling flavors, including pomegranate and tangerine ($16/375 mL each). Spanish-rosemary sea salt turns pedestrian potatoes into super spuds in a single dash ($5/2 oz.), and zebra bow-tie pasta is trustworthy enough to chaperone red sauces into the white-carpeted living room ($14.99/8.8 oz.). Florida Olive Oil anoints not only foodstuffs but also the Olivella line of natural-skincare products made from Italian virgin olive oil. Vitamin-rich lavender bath and shower gel dissolves skin grime with aromatic gentility ($14.99), leaving hands clean and ready to absorb nourishment from virgin-olive-oil hand cream ($12/75 mL). Both the Naples and Sanibel locations pique pelts and tease tongues with free samples, but they discourage gourmands from filling wineskins with favorite oils for on-the-go drinking.
Florida Olive Oil Company
Florida Olive Oil vends gourmet olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and other culinary accessories designed to add depth and character to meals. Fruity or grassy olive oils from Greece, Italy, and Morocco sidle up to their flavored brethren, which are infused with aromas such as basil, truffles, or roasted peppers. Customers can use the oils to flavor hearty roasts and sautés or combine them with classic and flavored balsamic vinegars for a light, tangy salad dressing.
Other artisanal offerings, including spices, specialty oils, and scented sea salts, round out Florida Olive Oil's selection of edibles. In addition, serving accessories such as oil sprayers, pour spouts, and dipping saucers help customers discontinue their usual practice of serving condiments through a fire hose.