Shortly after I entered the Twitter atmosphere, someone new followed me called "The Enchanted Olive." I discovered that it was a store that sold over fifty types of olive oil and balsamic vinegars from select artisans around the world. The best part was that it was local...well, for me at least. A lot of incredible sounding businesses follow me on Twitter but many are located more than a hop, jump and skip away, so I'll probably never be able to try them out, in person at least.
The store is located about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. While a bit further afield, it's only five minutes from the highway. We had planned on dining at a restaurant in the area and so I thought now was as good a time as ever to finally visit The Enchanted Olive.
Being a woman of the world, I was anxious to try out the one from Tunisia entitled "Chetoui," which was described as being of robust intensity and organic. Tunisia is a country I would love to visit one day, specifically with its Roman Empire past, and as my mantra goes-food is the best way to visit a country even if you're not eating it IN the country. I really enjoyed the sample and could definitely taste what the card had noted as displaying ample bitterness and pepper.
D tried a sample from Chile called "Frantoi/Leccino." Funny, I had never considered Chile to be an olive oil country, yet as it is one of the most famous wine producers in the industry, olive oil shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
We ended up getting a bottle of both of the olive oils we had sampled. Pricing is as follows-$5 for a small bottle, $10 for a medium one, and $15 for a larger one. Select olive oils and vinegars are higher. D also got a bottle of olives that were stuffed with jalapeno peppers...all him.
Even if you don't live in the Pittsburgh area the best part about the Enchanted Olive is that they ship orders anywhere in the United States. So the next time you're in need of some olive oil, put the bottle of Bertoli back on the shelf at the supermarket, and shop local (or shop Enchanted Olive).
120 North Perry Highway
Harmony, PA. 16037