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Nov 15, 2007 06:33 PM

Olive Oil Sampling?

I'm getting annoyed wasting good money on bad olive oil that I don't get to sample from the get go. Any suggestions on stores in Seattle that have a good selection of their oils ready to sample before purchasing? My wallet and I thank you.

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  1. I did not stop, but thought I saw olive oils being sampled a little North of the Gyro stand on Pike Place the other (week? month? day?)

    1. There's a new Oil and Vinegar store at Bellevue Square mall that offers tastings. Lots of different varieties too. I would have spent more time exploring but I had the husband in tow and patience was limited.

      1. The two suggestions you got are right. The place in Bellevue square has tons of different kinds, also the store, right next to the Gyro in Pike Place market( about 3 stores down)
        if you are at the olive oil place, stop at La Bueno Tavola where they have tons of great
        stuff to try like truffle oils and they might have olive oil too. This weekend there is the
        food and wine festival so check that out too.

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        1. re: savvy savorer

          Thanks guys. I now have something to keep me occupied at Bellevue square next time we head over there during the next downpour while my son is at the gerbil wheel, I mean play area.

          1. I believe DeLaurenti in the market always has olive oils out for sample by the stairs up to the wine area.

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            1. re: seattledebs

              Doh! I was just there Wednesday but I didn't go upstairs. Good to know, thanks. I need to check out the stall by the Gyro joint, I kind of thought it was a tourist trap and never really checked it out. Bad assumption on my part I guess.

              1. re: landguy

                I've confirmed that they (DeLaurenti) still have tastings of some olive oil varieties in a small tray next to the stairs at or near the top. We went and tried about eight varieties, and I think they had a few more than that open. I didn't find one I was completely thrilled with, but they were nice.