Get your olive oils and balsamic vinegars at The Olive Crush in San Carlos

The Olive Crush – located at 653 Laurel Street in San Carlos – is a wonderland for artisanal olive oils, balsamic vinegars and gourmet foods.

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Customers are usually approached by Mike, the owner, and asked if they had been there before. If you hadn’t, Mike will give you a tour, offering tastes of several different balsamic vinegars and olive oils.

He will be happy to answer all of your questions and overall he is a delightful person to chat with. Each barrel of balsamic and olive oil is offered with a brief description along with what types of dishes it is recommended to pair with. The prices are very reasonable in comparison to other specialty olive oil stores, and if you return the empty bottles on your next visit you receive an additional dollar off on each new bottle purchased. The Olive Crush is a nice place to come for a gift as wellThey sell a number of very creative varieties of dry pasta, in different shapes and flavor blends (plus a few GF offerings). It’s fun to try out different flavors and make a simple meal. On their website, they offer some really nice-looking recipes.

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Mike has another store located in Half Moon Bay. My favorites are the Fig Balsamic, Tuscan Herb olive oil, Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, California Frantoio EVOO, Strawberry Balsamic, 18-year Traditional Balsamic.

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Please mention my name if you go to the store. Tell them your heard about them from Rona, your San Carlos real estate expert.

Rona Arjomand