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California Olive Oil in Los Angeles

I am looking for suggestions as to places to buy, and brands to buy.

Some in the $20 range, either in the Provence style, or the gusty southern.

Also, a good cooking oil

I figure it is time to try our own.

Thanks.

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  1. Go to any of the larger farmers' market; they all have olive oil vendors, and you can try before you buy. I personally use Petrou Foods as my go-to, unless I have a dish that needs Arbequina (which I get from Spain, sorry).

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Love me some Arbequina. I get mine at Market Gourmet in Venice (when they have it) or from The Olive Press:

      http://www.theolivepress.com/

      Like DU mentions - most local FMs that have a good number of booths will usually have California olive oil vendors. Santa Monica FM on Arizona always has a vendor, and Mar Vista has had one now for a little over a month - Joelle from NorCal. Good stuff, but I don't recall gutsy peppery stuff (don't know either way). The one I'm enjoying now is actually very buttery and rich - the name of the variety is, "Mission." Later harvest more mature olives...

      http://www.joelleoil.com/

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      Market Gourmet
      1800 Abbot Kinney Blvd, A Venice, CA

    2. I have seen California olive oil at Trader Joe's and Pavilions. Don't know which style they are.

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      1. re: susans

        Trader Joe's has a california olive oil that i have been buying for years & I love it. It has a very unique almost banana-ish flavor. I only use it for salad dressings and to dip bread--no cooking. It combines beautifully with balsamic. And it is pretty inexpensive. It is their own brand & comes in a tall skinny dark bottle.

        1. re: sparkareno

          +++ re the California Olive Oil at Trader Joe's.

      2. Well, I can't vouch for the quality, but let me put in a plug for the oil made at my alma mater, Caltech. There are a lot of old olive trees living the walkways and some students decided to make oil a few years back, and the effort blossomed. Santa Barbara Olive Company is involved in making the oil, so the production end is commercial at least. So if you want to try out a local (Pasadena) source, here is an option.

        http://olives.caltech.edu/

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        1. re: ocshooter

          We also use olive oil from Caltech.

        2. I like BR Cohn Winery's olive oil. Though I don't see them on market shelves often (Sur la Table may have them on occasion), you can get them online:
          http://www.brcohn.com/index.cfm?metho...

          You might check your favourite vineyard and see if they also make olive oils....

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          1. re: OCAnn

            I enjoy BR Cohn wines. They seem to limit their distribution, making their products a little harder to find.

          2. The Olive Press is my favorite and sells at a number of LA farmers markets- it is the best, they also have a wonderful Arbequina. (You don't need to buy Arbequina from Spain any longer). It's the real deal and the selection is great - from delicate to super robust. No matter what, stick to California Extra Virgin. Be careful not to buy cheap imports.