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divya Nov 18, 2009 10:43 AM

i did my bit on researching in the archives, bu tmost recommendations are from U.S. posts

pls. help in finding an olive oil ( good value for money) that u have bought locally

1. for everyday cooking
2. for drizzling

much appreciated the brand names and the prices
( i wuld be going to jeantalon market to buy them)


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  1. kpzoo RE: divya Nov 18, 2009 10:50 AM

    Call me a heathen, but I find President's Choice cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil tastes great and is very good value for the money, and it's widely available at both Loblaws & Provigo. It's about $10 per 1 L bottle. As an everyday olive oil I'm quite pleased with it.

    1. Foie Gras Lover RE: divya Nov 18, 2009 11:12 AM

      I'm using Colavita cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. It costs approximately 25 $/ 3L at Costco. If you're planning to cook a lot, it's also a good value for everyday cooking.

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        davidpg RE: divya Nov 18, 2009 11:21 AM

        I just pick up whatever 3 litre brand Tino at Chez Vito recommends that he has in stock at the time I need it.

        Can't go wrong.

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          Campofiorin RE: divya Nov 18, 2009 12:55 PM

          For cooking, I use an italian oil found at either Milano or Capitol, San Giuliano or something like that. There's also the spanish whic the name completely escapes me right now, they have it in medio and suave type at Olive et Épices. For drizzling, I usually use oil from The Olive Press from California which I order on the web when they have their free shipping special. I also very much like local brand La Belle Excuse and the italian Planeta.

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          1. re: Campofiorin
            divya RE: Campofiorin Nov 19, 2009 12:02 PM

            ur answer interests me as i want to use different oil for cooking ans one for as is
            thai and indian cooking do not do well with `strong`oils, hence a lower priced version wuld be fine for me, but for salads etc, i wuld like a finer one.
            thanks for the names of brands

            1. re: divya
              Maximilien RE: divya Nov 19, 2009 12:12 PM

              I would not really use olive oil for thai or indian cuisine, I'd use a flavor less oil.

              Me think that most commercial (that you can buy in supermarket-ish stores) are more or less very close to quality among them.

              For higher end olive oil, I suggest going to "Olives & Épices" at Jean-Talon Market and taste a couple of different brands.

            2. re: Campofiorin
              Campofiorin RE: Campofiorin Nov 19, 2009 12:23 PM

              I'm replying to my own post, Carmen is the name I was looking for.

            3. divya RE: divya Nov 19, 2009 11:59 AM

              thanks friends
              Foie Gras Lover brings up a point that i am curious

              Is it necessary to buy olive oil in tin or opaque bottles, the absence of which represents low quality?

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              1. re: divya
                Maximilien RE: divya Nov 19, 2009 12:07 PM

                not necessary... unless you expect to keep your oil for a long time.

                you can buy a large container, transfer as much as you need/can/want to a smaller container for everyday uses, and leave the big container store cupboard.

                1. re: Maximilien
                  divya RE: Maximilien Nov 20, 2009 10:01 AM

                  maximillien :thkks

                  i wuld try using canola or perhaps an evoo (?)- better for health than canola. for thai or indian. i have tried tasting oils but what i like in `whiff`is not what i end up liking in the cooking, hence this post- with an request for brand names.

                  Olives & Épices sound like òlive &gurmando- in old montreal, where i can only peek in everyday. (15$ for a coffee, croissant) lol

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                mtlalex RE: divya Nov 20, 2009 05:40 AM

                The Lebanese brands sold at Akhavan and Adonis are less refined/processed that the mass-market Greek and Italian brands that you find most places, and have quite a bit of flavor.

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                1. re: mtlalex
                  divya RE: mtlalex Nov 20, 2009 10:03 AM

                  yes i will- mtlalex
                  care to share the brand in ur pantry
                  adonis has great prices

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                    mtlalex RE: divya Nov 20, 2009 04:11 PM

                    Afraid I'm all talk at this particular point in time. Generic cooking oil = "Sasso", quality oil = "La Boella" Arbosana, bought in a small shop in Barcelona last summer.

                    But the Lebanese oils are easy enough to spot - they're slightly cloudy and seem to be unfiltered, with labels sometimes crooked.

                2. hala RE: divya Nov 20, 2009 07:55 PM

                  oh, forgot to mention, i recently got a spanish evoo from extramadura at olives et epices (JTM) it is exactly the type of oil i love for salads. It is a bit nutty with lots of herbal flavor. I don't remember if it was 15 or 20 for a 750ml bottle, but it is worth every penny. Did i mention i love olive oils that have a slight taste of herb to them?

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                    Normandie RE: divya Nov 20, 2009 11:24 PM

                    I like tasting olive oils from different areas, but I'm particularly partial to Greek olive oils. One of my favorites for general use is Ariston.

                    There are quite a few that I like from different source countries, though. I think it's a good idea to try different brands at least once. In that way, if one happens to go on sale, and you already know that you like it, you can stock up, and that's one way to stretch your money on a good value olive oil.

                    I use EVOO for everything, cooking and finishing, for no other reason than the less stuff I have, the more organized I become. :-)

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                      Harters RE: divya Nov 21, 2009 03:15 AM

                      Zaytoun. Palestinian.

                      Wonderful stuff. A drizzler, not everyday. Can't recall price but not too expensive - but I wouldnt care if it is.

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                      1. re: Harters
                        Harters RE: Harters Nov 22, 2009 06:05 AM

                        Please ignore above recommendation. It was posted when the thread was in a topical board and was not obviously a specifically Canadian thread.

                        I think the Palestinian co-operative that produces this oil only currently exports to the UK (although if it is available wherever you are, then the recc stands). Apologies

                        1. re: Harters
                          lagatta RE: Harters Nov 22, 2009 03:15 PM

                          Harters, Zeitouna Palestinian olive oil (fair-trade and organic) is also available in many places in Québec, in natural products and "fair trade" shops and many Middle-Eastern and Maghrebi shops.

                          1. re: lagatta
                            carswell RE: lagatta Nov 22, 2009 04:51 PM

                            The Zeitouna is quite tasty, though the price on the newly arrived vintage has jumped $2 to $18.99/750 ml at ExoFruits. On the plus side, as with the Zaytoun, the profits go to a good cause.

                            Zatoun olive oil -- www.zatoun.com -- is also sold at some free-trade/organic shops like Café Rico on Rachel and Planète Monde on Fairmount.

                          2. re: Harters
                            Harters RE: Harters Nov 23, 2009 12:29 AM

                            Excellent. I'd assumed only UK exports as their .org website only refers to Britain.


                            As lagatta indicates fair-trade and organic. And tasty!

                        2. Chocolatine RE: divya Nov 21, 2009 12:25 PM

                          Having a portuguese BF, he made me discover Saloio olive oil and it became a staple for us too. It has a fruity taste and a slight green color; great for cooking, even drizzling. It's easy to find in the portuguese hood; the price varies from 7 to 10 $ for a 900 ml metal tin. We buy it at the InterMarché on Mt-Royal East corner Coloniale, at 7$ / tin.
                          Some stores also carry the 3L format.

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                          1. re: Chocolatine
                            divya RE: Chocolatine Nov 24, 2009 10:43 AM

                            purfect try out for me
                            will post the results

                          2. Richelle RE: divya Nov 21, 2009 01:44 PM

                            For everyday cooking, anything will do as long its on sale, because I go through so much of it.

                            For drizzling, my péché mignon is La Belle Excuse olive oil. It has a peppery taste I simply cannot get enough of. It is sold at IGAs and other chains. More expensive, not sure of the exact price, but worth it.

                            1. divya RE: divya Nov 24, 2009 10:56 AM


                              i have concluded to try grape seed oil for everyday use which is about $5/litre
                              or canola oil - close in mono fats to olive oil.

                              mild enough/high smoking point to brown onions for curries at high temp & simmer them for 1/2 hr. sometimes.

                              will try some of the finer brands of oils : Italian/Greek/Portuguese/Lebanese/ Spanish
                              for salads, drizzling/grilling veges.......

                              ( i have been enlightened as a newbie.) :-P

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                              1. re: divya
                                ios94 RE: divya Mar 18, 2010 10:07 AM

                                Susan Semenak of the Montreal Gazette has been running a special report this past week on Olive Oil, she places particular focus on L'Olivier de Vassily by Kalikori (visit http://www.kalikorioliveoil.com)

                                Here are a few of the articles Semenak wrote this week;




                                1. re: ios94
                                  divya RE: ios94 Mar 18, 2010 10:45 AM

                                  how kind of you
                                  this is perfect for noobie like me.

                                  1. re: divya
                                    ios94 RE: divya Mar 19, 2010 07:20 AM

                                    Glad I could help, plus I buy this Kalikori oil often so I thought it was a cool that it got exposure in The Gazette.

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                                      hungryann RE: ios94 Mar 19, 2010 12:23 PM

                                      Where do you buy it from?

                                      1. re: hungryann
                                        ios94 RE: hungryann Mar 19, 2010 01:41 PM

                                        Olives & Epices at Jean Talon Market, I've also seen it at douceurs du Marché (Atwater Mrkt).

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                                          BLM RE: hungryann Mar 19, 2010 02:35 PM

                                          Besides the places ios94 mentioned, The Gazette article also says it's available at Latina on St. Viateur street. $20 to $22 for a 500ml bottle.

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