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craigcep Sep 4, 2007 04:39 PM

I just returned from Greece and am now looking for fresh olives. Anyone know where they have barrels of olives (kosher). I assume barrels are fresher than cans. I've also been told that it is preferable for olives, because they are cured, have heckshers. Send me on my way, please.

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    DeisCane RE: craigcep Sep 4, 2007 05:21 PM

    Without sounding too rough on you, you're NOT looking for fresh olives. Fresh olives are some of the worst tasting non-animal foods on the planet.

    That being said, I'd guess there's a kosher market in Brooklyn or the lower east side that has olives (probably the same places that sell pickles).

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      craigcep RE: DeisCane Sep 4, 2007 06:40 PM

      Yes, I misspoke. I'm not looking for fresh, raw, inedible olives, but fresh TREATED/CURED edible olives.

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      Bzdhkap RE: craigcep Sep 4, 2007 06:17 PM

      I may be totally mistaken about this, but I have a vague memory of seeing olives recently at Gourmet on J in Brooklyn - on Ave. J, between E. 14th and 15th. Not being much into olives myself, I seem to have a fleeting memory of noticing them there.
      I don't think that they were behind the counter, but in a separate area.Can anyone confirm this?

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        Bzdhkap RE: Bzdhkap Sep 6, 2007 08:37 PM

        Just confirmed my olive sighting today. Gourmet on J has a stand in the store, with quite a few varieties of olives in brine.

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        shoelace RE: craigcep Sep 4, 2007 07:20 PM

        amalya's on main street in queens has great freshly cured olives and other freshly pickeled veggies

        1. amymsmom RE: craigcep Sep 4, 2007 07:29 PM

          Don't know if the is a shlep for you, but Tavlin in Bellmore (Long Island) sells a bunch of types of olives from the barrel. The garlic & lemon is my favorite. It's a shomer shabbas Israeli grocery store.

          1. bethanyj RE: craigcep Sep 4, 2007 07:53 PM

            Sahadi's on Atlantic Ave has some great tasting olives. Not sure if they are Kosher but you can call n find out..


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              kiddush hopper RE: craigcep Sep 4, 2007 10:59 PM

              The lower east side is the place to go. if you asked me a couple of months ago i would have told you to go to gus's pickles, which is a lower east side staple. However i went to the pickle guys on the corner of grand and essex, they were much better than gus's.
              they have olives stuffed with almost everything. pimentos, garlic cloves, hot peppers, almonds, etc.

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                Himishgal RE: craigcep Sep 6, 2007 08:53 PM

                Can't vouch for these, but they do look interesting....

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                  Kosher Critic RE: Himishgal Sep 7, 2007 08:20 AM

                  I have had these - they are sold at Fairway. I found them to be a bit hard for my tastes.

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                  hindyg RE: craigcep Sep 7, 2007 01:46 PM

                  Carmel in Kew Gardens is excellent. We also like Amalyas.

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                    ldulitz RE: craigcep Sep 8, 2007 10:06 AM

                    there is a kosher pickles and olive store ( under the Star-K) on 1st ave b/w 85th and 86th in Manhattan. Barrels with olives and pickles in this small storefront. I get my pickled tomatoes and Jalepeno stuffed olives there every week.

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