Beyond the Olive

Introduced to me by my mom, this quaint little shop exists in busy Old Town Pasadena.  What you don’t realize from the outside of the store is how delectable the fresh ingredients are on the inside.  Specializing in California extra virgin olive oil, California wine vinegars and balsamic vinegars that are primarily from Italy you can sample any bottle in the store.  Customers can walk to the back by the two rows of spouts where you can pour a taste of the featured oils and vinegars into little plastic tasting cups paired with bits of fresh bread to soak the flavors.  They ‘ll even allow you to return with your empty Beyond the Olive bottles for refills.  And as my husband will agree, you must try the Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives as they are fantastic (especially in martinis)!

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