Los Angeles Food Blogger Dorothy Reinhold of www.shockinglydelicious adds Calolea to her “November Favorite Things”.
5. Calolea Olive Oils and Vinegars: With best-in-show and best-in-class awards over the years for several of their California extra virgin olive oils, Calolea is a top-flight producer to follow. In fact, their Mission Blend was a 2011 Gold Medal Winner in the California Olive Oil Council competition. In addition to regular oils, they offer a crisp and lively Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, an Orange Olive Oil that is a blend of mandarin, blood and navel oranges, and a Garlic Olive Oil with a heady amount of the stinking rose. In fact, I used their garlic oil in a stir-fry of mixed veggies (asparagus, mushrooms, red onion, cabbage), and it elevated this simple dish to a higher plane. For the same dinner, I drizzled some of their Orange Olive Oil over my salad of mixed greens, tossed in a tablespoon of their 12-year-old White Balsamic Vinegar imported from Italy, and I effortlessly took my mundane lettuce to leafy green nirvana. I can’t wait to try all their amazing flavors in some of my favorite recipes. Speaking of which, I wonder how their oil would do over vanilla ice cream? (They are offering a 10% discount if you use the code MK10off on the website.)