Oil & Vinegar Mix

Whoever thought oil & vinegar couldn’t change the kitchen, they can.

For those who entertain, cook & bake, or know those who entertain, cook & bake, this is something that matters…

Meet Oliv.

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When a girlfriend, Lara, was in charge of planning a bachelorette as a matrimonially duty to a very sweet, Martha Stewart bride-to-be (seriously, she puts us all to shame), Lara called & told me that we were going to start at a location on Academy for an olive oil & balsamic vinegar tasting.

I didn’t know this was a thing. However, knowing that little party planner, I wasn’t even fazed. She knows whats up.

The night rolled around & we walked into this very clean & organized store. Lara of course had been there earlier to drop off treats & sweets to add to the night. There were beverages, cheeses, desserts, & more, all of which were complimented or transformed by the stores products. The two ladies working that evening were welcoming & as the evening progressed, their knowledge in the product they represented was apparent & interesting. I had never fully found an appreciation for expensive oils, whether for salads, pastas, marinating; or vinegars for bread dipping, pickling or drizzling over beefeater tomatoes with basil & salt.

Until now.

An example for the indulgent…

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I now have vinegars in my cabinets that I can mix with yogurt to create dips for dessert by mixing them with plain greek yogurt & oils that allow me to skip crushing garlic in pasta sauces when in a rush (or do both when I want to keep the vamps away), or sautéing a stir-fry.

Another great surprise, you use less than half of the lesser quality products that you typically would.

Imagine frying your eggs in ‘bacon’ infused, clean pressed, olive oil or slipping a touch of ‘white truffle’ into your caesar dressing….

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Below only showcases a small part of the different flavours that make up the endless choices this company offers…drizzle a little White Coconut Balsamic into your San Pellegrino for a quick carbonated fizzy pick me up without the excess sugar or fake sweetners  or toss some potatoes in the Bergamot Lemon Balsamic with a touch of thyme seasoning before roasting them.

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Or better yet, don’t take my word for it, visit Oliv at 540 Academy (next door to Mad About Style, maybe stop in there too…very sweet dresses) to taste the ones that interest you. Learn about how a good oil or vinegar actually makes a difference in the kitchen. Pick some up as amazing gifts. Truly, give them a try. I don’t know anyone who has tried these & has resisted falling in love.

To hear how Oliv explains the best tasting experiences, CBC has the info here.

In addition, they have a wonderful wall of pickled items, olives, tapenades.

One doesn’t think a bachelorette party would start with this topic – ‘what to cook with in the kitchen’ – but it was a hit….the rest  of the bachelorette party is not blog safe.

A good one never is.


Another great surprise, Oliv is a Canadian Company.



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