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Where to buy blue-cheese stuffed olives?

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Fallis May 5, 2007 04:33 PM

I'm in the mood for a decadent martini. Does anyone know where I might find blue-cheese stuffed olives on the west side? Didn't have any luck in the regular old grocery store.

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    mc michael May 5, 2007 04:36 PM

    I'm sure I got some at Trader Joe's. Not sure I liked em that much but then I wasn't putting em in drinks.

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      Snackish May 6, 2007 06:39 PM

      The ones in the jar certainly aren't worth getting. I wasn't that big on the ones they had in the fridge case either.

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      alliebear May 5, 2007 04:39 PM

      I think I saw some when I was at Bay Cities recently. Haven't tried them before, though.

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        Jwsel May 5, 2007 04:40 PM

        I bought some gorgonzola-stuffed olives at the Gelsons in Encino (in their mix-and-match olive section). I assume that some of the other Gelsons have them also. I'm not a big fan, but my parents are.

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          mawf1977 May 5, 2007 04:52 PM

          Have you tried Whole Foods? They have a large olive bar. I'm sure they have them.

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            Faulkner99 May 5, 2007 05:03 PM

            Ditto to the Whole Foods suggestion, I've seen those particular olives at their olive bar. And if you're close enough, check out the ginormous new Whole Foods on Sepulveda and Rosecrans.

          2. CynD May 5, 2007 05:10 PM

            The olive booth at our local Long Beach (Alamitos Bay) farmer's market has them every Sunday.

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              WildSwede May 7, 2007 02:23 PM

              Is that Olive It?

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                CynD May 7, 2007 05:44 PM

                I don't remember. I'll check it out next Sunday and let you know. Whoever it is, he offers a great selection of olives and pickled goodies.

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              yogachik May 5, 2007 06:11 PM

              The best I've found are at Gelson's in the Palisades.

              1. HPLsauce May 5, 2007 07:21 PM

                I think I've seen these at both Bevmo and Surfas.

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                  sambrown3 May 5, 2007 07:29 PM

                  Trader Joes definately has them.

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                    brandygirl May 5, 2007 09:44 PM

                    I just saw some packaged in the cheese section at the Gelson's in Northridge, so I'm guessing the other Gelson's would carry them as well.

                    1. wizardx May 6, 2007 01:27 AM

                      The Bev mo in Northridge sellls them....

                      1. Tom P May 6, 2007 07:17 AM

                        My take on Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives: I love them as much as you, the rock. Yet I have never found any premade Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives that are any good, and I have tried a lot, including all the suggestions above. For some reason, when they are premade and bottled/jarred, the start to taste gross. My advice: buy a fine blue cheese at TJ's or Whole Foods, some pitted olives and roll a few yourself. It takes just a minute or two and your martini will be all the better for it.

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                          mc michael May 6, 2007 07:31 AM

                          This makes sense. If you want to be artisanal, you could get a pitter at Surfas or Williams Sonoma and DIY.

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                          glutton May 6, 2007 09:32 AM

                          Surfa's has the Divina brand. However, I agree with the poster that suggesting stuffing the olives yourself. Even a high quality stuffed olive starts tasting funky after a while in the jar.

                          1. Mr. S May 7, 2007 10:38 AM

                            I have never, ever ever tasted a good one that was pre-stuffed for packaging. I always make my own, it takes 5 minutes to stuff enough for a small party... try to find a semi-soft bleu and stuff away. You can really taste the difference, because the cheese is not soaked in the olive juice.

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                              WileysHungryAgain May 7, 2007 11:00 AM

                              A little trick I'll pass on when you're stuffing blue cheese olives. Add about 1 part softened cream cheese to 4 parts blue cheese. This helps to keep the blue cheese from making that martini cloudy.

                            2. a_and_w May 7, 2007 03:10 PM

                              You can buy them jarred at Whole Foods but this is one delicacy you're better off doing yourself. Blue cheese doesn't taste right after sitting in the olive brine...

                              PS: Keep in mind that the result will be a very cloudy martini...

                              1. mollyomormon May 7, 2007 03:14 PM

                                The ones at Trader Joe's are in the salad section and are not in brine but are just packed next to one another standing upright in one of the plasit salad carons. I haven't tasted them so I have no idea whether they're good or not, but if you're concerned about the blue cheese tasting of brine, these might be the solution to your problem.

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