Thursday, July 8, 2010

What do you mean, you're not a virgin? You lied?

                      Paul S. BrownStill Life with Olive Oil and Onions

A scandal. It's a crying shame of a scandal.....Turns out that 3 to 4% of our commercially sold olive oil is NOT VIRGINAL!

The Government, arbiter of all true standards of purity will be sure to fix that.


  1. Perfect. Someone thinks they have a G_d-given right to charge $17 a quart because they could put "artisanal" on the label without dying on the spot of embarrassment, and they're gonna get the dead hand of .gov to make sure they can.

    Be sure not to tell 'em I pay $4 a half-liter at Aldi...that's probably worth a dynamic-entry raid from the FDA SWAT team, and I don't want my dog shot, thanks.

  2. I was just telling someone I work with, that Aldi's 4 buck bottle of extra virgin olive oil is one of the best I have ever used. It tastes better, by far than some of the more expensive extra virgin oils in the supermarkets. I noted that at the end of the article did they make it clear that it was 3 or 4 percent of the extra virgin olive oil was 'adulterated' somehow. I think, personally, that the free market has done a pretty spiffy job of providing the consumer with good quality oils. If anything, it's a success story about the market being ahead of the government.

  3. I tried the boutique olive oils when I lived out in Beserkeley and found no value-add, other than impressing the impressionable if you left the bottle out on your kitchen counter.

    Q: Do you use Italian or Spanish oil?

    A: (sorta) Years ago I switched to Goya Extra-Virgin Spanish (cheap-ass) oil and never went back to Italian. We don't get Greek oil in my backwater...

  4. Spanish, all the way for me. Goya es lo mejor, bébés, and I will get whatever is on sale, too.

  5. I have never gone wrong using anything from Goya.


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