Resourceful Greek cooks stole fire from the gods to cook their food and stole olive oil from the gods to make salads more flammable. Sample the fruits of the gods with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of olive oil and vinegar at Viva Oliva.
Viva Oliva enlivens fare with more than 20 flavors of balsamic vinegar and 16 flavors of extra-virgin olive oil acquired both locally and directly from the Mediterranean region. Enliven meals with extra-virgin olive oils hewn from wild mushrooms and sage ($16.95 in-store) or blood oranges ($16.95 in-store), whose vibrant internal color makes them the snack of choice among child vampires. Tropically inclined taste buds can indulge in the golden pineapple balsamic ($16.95 in-store), which serenades palates with a simultaneously sweet and tart tune. The traditional 18-year-old balsamic vinegar ($16.95 in-store) encapsulates the ancient tastes and textures of Modena, Italy.
Overflowing with monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, extra-virgin olive oil can help control cholesterol levels, protect against heart disease and reduce the risk of gallstones and colon cancer. Viva Oliva also provides tasty recipes, which instruct chefs to craft olive oil and balsamic vinegar-inspired cakes, marinades, and sandcastles.
Owner Andi Newville works alongside her daughters at Viva Oliva, stocking the shelves with more than 20 flavors of gourmet olive oils from California and 20 varieties of balsamic vinegar imported from Italy, Greece, Spain, and France. Olive oils add zest to entrees, infusing them with garlic and blood orange, while balsamic vinegars flavored with blackberry and ginger provide rich flavor. Customers can sample gourmet liquids before buying full bottles and preview suggested recipes such as barbecue rib glazes with honey ginger white balsamic and toasted sesame oil. Newville also stocks bath and body products containing skin-soothing olive oil and gourmet groceries such as balsamic pesto, pinot pomegranate jelly, and black truffle sea salt fresh from Mediterranean oceans of black truffles.
651 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, California 93101