Sunday, May 21, 2006


Sorry I've been so absent from this blog. I probably won't start posting regularly again until June.

On my way back from a trip to Joshua Tree National Park my family and I decided to stop by Temecula for dinner. Before we could even consider picking a place to eat, I had to go into the Temecula Olive Oil Company store.

When you first enter the store you see a gift shop for everything olives. Against the back of the shop is a bar where you can order ciabatta or baguettes to eat while you shop or take when you go.

To the left of the gift shop is the Olive Oil room. In this room you can find mustards, tapenades, olive oil, salt, salami, and more.

There is a tasting bar where you can try their seasonal olive oils. If you like butter you'll be amazed at the Misson olive oil that tastes just like butter. I prefer more of an earthy olive flavor so I was a big fan of their citrus and their Roturre di Oro oils.

While we were in the tasting room we picked up some salami sans nitrates which I devoured the following week. Usually I get heartburn from salami but this was perfect.

We also tasted their various gourmet salts and were blown away with the Salish. This fancy sea salt is smoked with alderwood which creates a campfire smell and a smoky taste. It's truly incredible and is only around 6 or 7 bucks for a jar that will last me a long time (if my husband doesn't eat it all).

So far we've used the salt on soft pretzels and asparagus and we're pretty much positive that it would be divine on salmon, chicken, steak (heck, any meat), and potatoes.

Next time you're in Temecula you must check out this store. It's gourmet heaven.

Temecula Olive Oil Company
28653 Old Town Front Street
Temecula, CA 92590


Dianka said...


Thanks for the tip, I will defintiely visit next time I'm in Temecula for wine tasting =) I've never heard of this place and I know I'd love it. Salish looks great, what a good buy!

Kirk said...

Hi Kady - Nice to have a new post! I've added this to my list of "must visit" places if we're in the area.

Rorie said...

Deinitely will have to check this place out!