Oil and vinegar suffer a Romeo and Juliet-like love affair, kept apart by their conflicting densities, familial ties, and baseball-team allegiances. Bring together star-crossed condiments with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet oils, balsamic vinegars, spice blends, and more at the bleu olive in Wheaton.
With dozens of imported olive oils, Italian vinegars, and exceptional spice blends, the bleu olive helps shoppers festoon homemade salad, pasta, and meat dishes with phenomenal flavors. More than 30 flavored and single-varietal extra virgin olive oils grace the worldly shelves, fetched from foreign climes around the globe to ensure peak harvest and consummate freshness in any season.
Swathe shrimp or scallops in a tart Meyer lemon extra virgin olive oil ($16.95 for 370 mL), embolden sheepish salads with an opulent black-truffle oil ($15.50), or taunt vampire neighbors at a dinner party that features garlic extra virgin olive oil ($15.95). More than 30 balsamic vinegars imported from Modena, Italy—including an 18-year-old traditional balsamic ($17.95) and a subtle peach white balsamic ($15.95)—provide piquant cuisine primpings or complementary oil pairings.
Expert oil alchemists are on hand to help devise the ideal dressing, gourmet dip, or water-balloon filling. Upward of 40 spice concoctions suit up steaks, chicken, and more, with varieties including the traditional Tuscan blend ($6.95), the imaginative coffee barbecue ($7.95), and the exotic togarashi Japanese pepper blend ($7.95).
The dizzying array of flavor formats may intimidate hesitant cooks, but savor seekers are welcome to sample any item in the store to allow confident taste buds to make selections that ambivalent eyes cannot. Complimentary recipes are included with every purchase, and bimonthly cooking demonstrations offer helpful tips about spice usage the latest chef-hat fashions.