Oli + Ve, pronounced (Ollie and Vee), recently opened their third Atlanta location. Their first two are located in Buckhead and Roswell. When I went on a culinary tour in Roswell, we stopped in that store and got to try some of the EVOOs and balsamic vinegars. So, when I was invited to visit the new store and sample some of their oils and vinegars, I was pretty stoked.
One thing that I really like about Oli + Ve is that everything is out to be tasted. There are little cups for tasting any of the oils or balsamics, no worry about finding a salesperson to get a sample. I didn’t wait for them to start our tasting. I made a beeline for the balsamics and dove right in.
You may be familiar with dark balsamics, but did you know they make light balsamics too? Yup. Some of my favorite flavors were the Coconut and Sicilian Lemon. My top choices for dark balsamics are Fig and Espresso. They gave us some vanilla ice cream, for which the Espresso balsamic is the perfect match. And the Fig balsamic is the perfect salad dressing. They gave us a sample of it to take home and I drizzled on top of my arugula salad. It works great on some pizzas too!
Facts about Olive Oil:
The best way to taste the flavor of olive oil is to slurp it.
Olive Oil has a shelf life (14 months)
Olive Oil can replace butter in any baking or cooking recipe
We sampled some brownies that were made with Blood Orange Olive Oil (BOOO), the perfect ingredient for Halloween. In most cases, when you substitute olive oil for butter, the ratio is just over half the amount of butter that would have been used.
Oh and they have this cool “cheat sheet” of Olive Oil / Balsamic pairings in case you need a little help. I wouldn’t have guessed to pair the Tangerine balsamic with the Herbs de Provence oil or the Red Apple balsamic with with Roasted Walnut. I’m still kicking myself for not trying the Pineapple balsamic with Harissa Hot oil.
As I left Oli + Ve, my mind was spinning with recipe ideas. With EVOO flavors like Cilantro & Roasted Onion, Baklouti Green Chili and Mushroom & Sage, the ideas seem endless. The holidays are coming up and they have cute gift sets that make terrific presents as well.
Oli + Ve Website
4300 Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30339