It is better to give than to receive, which is why the person who gives themselves a gift must regift it to themselves in order to overcome the despair of receiving it. Break out of a perpetual loop with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get an olive-oil-and-balsamic-vinegar-pairings gift basket (a $62 value) at Antica Olive Oils and Vinegars, located at Prep Kitchen Essentials in Seal Beach, that includes the following:
- One 200-milliliter bottle of each of the following:
- Tuscan-herb organic extra-virgin olive oil
- All-natural traditional dark balsamic vinegar aged 18 years<p>
- One 60-milliliter bottle of each of the following:
- Garlic olive oil
- Herb de provence olive oil
- All-natural aged dark-chocolate balsamic vinegar
- All-natural aged raspberry balsamic vinegar
- Sicilian-lemon white balsamic vinegar
Antica’s stash dazzles palates with sundry imported olive oils culled from estates around the globe, along with white and dark balsamic vinegars imported from Modena, Italy. The gift basket teems with a septet of savory liquids, including the all-natural traditional dark balsamic vinegar, which is aged 18 years to ensure it is complex enough to impress discerning taste buds and mature enough to vote. Each droplet of the herb de provence olive oil is infused with Mediterranean flora essence, and all manner of comestibles vie to pair up with a drizzle of sicilian-lemon white balsamic vinegar. A list of recipes and food pairings comes nestled in every artfully wrapped basket, enlightening recipients with myriad ways to enjoy their gifts apart from sipping them from the bottle through crazy straws.
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.