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Olivina in Livermore

Olivina in Livermore

Olivina in Livermore, California –  An Interview with owner Charles Crohare I have known the Charles Crohare family, from Olivina in Livermore, for over 10 years.    Charles shared with me the history of the family estate.   Julius Paul Smith, an early pioneer in the California olive oil industry, carved out 2,000 acres of the beautiful […]

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Festivals, Food, and Fun:  2016 Olive Harvest Adventure

Festivals, Food, and Fun: 2016 Olive Harvest Adventure

The 2016 Olive Harvest Adventure was filled with Festivals, Food, and Fun. The seasonal products in autumn are my favorites: truffles, chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, vino novello (the new wine) and especially, olio nuovo (the new olive oil). It is also the season for wild boar, pheasant, and rabbit. In addition to harvesting olives for 1/2 day […]

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Taste and Test Olive Oil:  La Prova del Pane (The Bread Test)

Taste and Test Olive Oil: La Prova del Pane (The Bread Test)

My Olive Harvest Adventure tour features tasting Olio Nuovo (new olive oil).  One way to test and taste olive oil is with “la prova del pane” (the bread test) or the ritual of the fett’unta (oiled slice), a simple ceremony that celebrates the new olive oil harvest each year. On my Olive Harvest Adventure tours, […]

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World Pesto Championship in Genoa

World Pesto Championship in Genoa

In April, I traveled to Italy to serve as a journalist for the World Pesto Championship  in Genoa. This event is held every two years. One hundred participants, who had won local pesto contests from around the world, assembled at the grandiose Palazzo Ducale.  With secret family recipes and techniques, most contestants brought their own marble […]

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day - September 30

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day – September 30

Ways to Celebrate Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day Share EVOO Learn about EVOO Visit an olive oil specialty store Prepare a favorite recipe With the health benefits of olive oil on everyone’s lips and the movement toward more flavorful tastes, the time is right for this 8,000 year old tradition to become an irresistible, national force. […]

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Best Tips When Traveling to Florence

Best Tips When Traveling to Florence

Most of my Olive Harvest Adventure Tours begin in Florence.  Not only is Firenze (Florence) my last name, but to me the most beautiful city in Italy.  I have compiled a list of the Best Tips When Traveling to Florence, if you have just a few days in Florence.  What to see/do Places Recommendations and Tips […]

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New Year's Resolution #5: Learn more about Olive Oil!

New Year's Resolution #5: Learn more about Olive Oil!

Expand your knowledge by exploring the world of olive oil!     Here are some tips: 1.  Host your own olive oil tasting party with tips from my book, The Passionate Olive. 2. Contact The Passionate Olive for a special event or olive oil dinner at info@thepassionateolive.com. We can create an informative and fun party where guests […]

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2016 Be Italian for a Week

2016 Be Italian for a Week

Are you looking for an authentic Italian experience? Be Italian for a week! Spend a blissful time this fall in an ancient Umbrian olive grove; experience the true Italian lifestyle – the meals, the wine, the olive oil, the art, the people. For the past five years, our, Olive Harvest Adventures – Be Italian for a Week have been […]

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Olive Oil and the Olympics

Olive Oil and the Olympics

There’s something so thrilling about the Olympics that it’s hard not to be a huge fan. I’ve attended several Olympics in LA, Barcelona, and London.  While  extensive media coverage dominates the airwaves , I don’t recall any of the  reporters mentioning the importance of olive oil to the Olympics and the athletes.  Olive oil and the […]

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The World's Largest Frittata

The World's Largest Frittata

Last November, during my Olive Harvest Adventure trip in Italy, I participated in a frittata-lover’s dream come true – an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for making the world’s largest frittata. The event was held in Fabro, a small medieval hamlet in Umbria, dominated by an 11th century castle and surrounded by thick […]

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