Olive abound in Southern California. and you’ll find olive oil at every farmer’s market. My favorite comes from Temecula Olive Oil Company. I’d been to the shops in Temecula and San Diego, but was delighted when we stumbled upon the original location, complete with olive tree grove, outside of Temecula.

It’s a great event space, too, surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Lori, Sandra, and I dabbed our tongues into rich olive oils flavored with local basil, garlic, and fruits, then paired them with balanced balsamic vinegars.