Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Newsletter - November 2012 -
"Are you ready for our tastings?" 

Hi Everyone,

The rain is back and it's time to get your kitchen ready for cooking all those amazing recipes to share them with your friends!! That's why we'll have a bunch of tatings ready for you to give you the opportunity to try all our products and impress , here are some locations where we'll be doing our tastings during this month. We'll keep you updated with new locations through our facebook & twitter profiles.

We have 2 new locations where you can find our products in Courtenay & Whitehorse. Check out where:
We're very excited that our products have arrived to the Yukon Territories!!!!!!

Riverside Grocery located at 201 Lowe St., Y1A 1W5, Y.T. 
Riverside Grocery has been a family owned and independently operated business for over 25 years. Leona and Pat Commons have continually advanced their inventory of specialty health foods, organic produce and imported foods to serve their clientele better. They have an extensive inventory of gluten-free ready baked goods, pasta, baking mixes, doughnuts, bread and baking supplies.  Carrying everything!! They may look small but their unique shaped store is jam-packed with over 20,000 items, and Karen keep adding more everyday!  Come in and browse, you will be surprised! Now you can find our family EVOO Cazorliva, our Casanovas Barcelona Salts and ouAntonio Sotos Saffron! :)

Runge's Fine Foods & Deli Located at 347 4th St., Courtenay,  B.C.
Runges Fine Foods doesn't have web page where you can enjoy browsing around but it has great cheese and a very friendly staff. :)  If you are looking for quality food and reasonable prices, this is the place for you.
You can find our Roldan Olives and our Casanovas Barcelona salts. 

Our video recipe from Rouxbe for November is  "Morroccan Lamb Tagine  Preview"

We love Morroccan food, full of flavours and tradition. This is a great example of one of their amazing dishes that is perfect for a big dinner with friends. As you can see in the video from Rouxbe Cooking School, it taste better the next day, how awesome is that?? :) Remember that you can learn how to cook at Rouxbe.com!! Olives and Things is pleased to offer you the next 14 days for free on the Rouxbe Online Cooking School. Click on the video recipe link below to get great instructional cooking videos and video recipes.


Newsletter - October 2012 -
"Thanksgiving is here!!!" 

Hi Everyone,

I don't know about you, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner and after a great summer, we're ready to sink our teeth into the comfort food of fall. Turkey and pumpkin pie will surely satisfy numerous North American palettes in the weeks to come and that's why we've decided to share a Rouxbe Online Cooking School recipe: "Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream" . Click on the video recipe link below for your free 14 day trial of the Rouxbe Cooking School.

Click on the link below to watch a great video about our Roldan Olives with a cool recipe. 
There is one twist though... It's in Spanish, but it's enjoyable wether or not you understand what they're saying.

We have 6 new locations where you can find our products in Victoria and Courtenay. Check out where:

Fanny Bay Oysters Seafood located at Buckley Bay ferry landing where you can catch the ferry to Denman and Hornby Islands, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Fanny Bay Oysters is a Canadian company farming shellfish on the coastline of British Columbia. Their shellfish products include fresh and IQF shucked Pacific oysters, live, banquet and IQF Pacific oysters and live and IQF Manila clams. At Fanny Bay Oysters they grow, process, market and distribute their farm grown shellfish, eliminating uncertainties associated with traditional seafood supplies. Top quality shellfish is consistently delivered to their customers on time, every time. Go and check their shop where you can find their great fish along with a bid variety of local and imported products! Cook some of their fish with our Cazorliva EVOO and our Antonio Sotos Saffron! :)

Chorizo & Co., Spanish delicatessen located at 807 Fort St., Victoria, B.C.

The Chorizo & Co Spanish Delicatessen is a new store located in Victoria where you can find all the food that will take you back to Spain in seconds!!! It's too bad that we don't have it beside our place in Vancouver :/ They have a great selection of autentic sandwiches, "tortilla de patatas" and the typical "churros" with chocolate!! They use our Cazorliva EVOO in the world known "pa amb tomaquet".  Go and check them out asap and get some of the coolest products from their store! :)

The Fish Store located at 366 Campbell St., Tofino, B.C.
The Fish Store is the provider of some of the finest fresh fish and smoked local Tofino Seafood, live or cooked crab. They have an increible selection of local and exotic condiments to compliment your seafood needs. They're located in downtown Tofino beside the pharmacy.

Lifestyle Markets located at 180-2950 Douglas  St., Victoria , B.C.
Lifestyle Markets provides the highest quality vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies and nutritional supplements from quality brand names such as Natural Factors, Greens+, Sisu, Purica, Enerex and New Chapter, along with organic and natural foods. They have 3 locations where you'll find what you need ! :)

Island Meat and Seafood located at 307 Cook St. , Victoria , B.C.
Island Meat and Seafoods's aim is to bring the Cook Street Village Community and the surrounding area the freshest and best quality meat and seafood, each and everyday along We are proud to be a member of the fantastic Cook Street Village Community, and look forward to serving you real soon.

Our video recipe from Rouxbe for October is  "Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream"

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought that we would share this outstanding pumpkin pie video recipe from Rouxbe Cooking School. Learn how to cook at Rouxbe.com!! Olives and Things is pleased to offer you the next 14 days for free on the Rouxbe Online Cooking School. Click on the video recipe link below to get great instructional cooking videos and video recipes.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Newsletter - August 2012 -
"Go Canada Go @ London 2012" 

Hi Everyone,

As our Olympians are hard at work in London, we´ve been enjoying a great summer in Vancouver. Vancouver's hard to beat when the sun is shining!!!

Since the Olympics are in London, we thought that it would be nice to share a traditional English dessert recipe from Rouxbe Cooking School with you, 'Warm Apple Cobbler' topped with vanilla ice cream. Click on the video recipe link at the bottom of the newsletter for your free Rouxbe trial.

Our Roldan Olives have made their room at Whole Foods Cambie location and people are loving them!!

We have 3 new locations where you can find our products in Pitt Meadows, Langley and Victoria. Check out where:

Hopcott Premium Meats located at 18385 Dewdney trunk rd., Pitt Meadows, B.C.

Hopcott Premium Meats is a 3rd generation family owned and run business, committed is to bringing hight quality, wholesale meats & products right from the farm to your table. Their goal is to offer you superior healthy meat while at the same time, allowing you to learn where your meat is coming from. In location you can find some of our great Casanovas Barcelona's salt with mushrooms, olives or sundried tomatoes along with our family Cazorliva EVOO, to use with their great selection of meats.

Tin Rood Market and Deli located at 101-1075 Pendergast St., Victoria, B.C.

The Tin Roof sources local produce and dry products whenever Bath can offer a good price for customers. She points out that though most people would prefer to shop locally and organic, for some families it’s simply not affordable 100% of the time. The Tin Roof’s stock represents a well-balanced variety favouring local and healthful products alongside more conventional items at a cost comparable to most grocery stores. The market also sells housemade sausages and frozen entrées, rotisserie chicken from Cowichan Bay, thin crust pizza by the slice (including a gluten-free option), and custom paninis. They are licensed, offering a small selection of beer and wine for customers stopping by for a quick bite. A small self-serve cheese and olive section was created for picnickers looking to assemble a takeout lunch en route to Beacon Hill or Dallas Road beaches

Heritage Meats Gourmet located at 19689 Willowbrook dr., Langley, B.C.

Heritage Meat gourmet is proud to be the Fraser Valley's source for meat and gourmet specialty foods. All their meat and poultry is non-medicated. They specialize in naturally-raised meat and poultry, from beef and chicket to veal and geese. But they do have a lot more: Our Antonio sotos saffron with D.O.P. in glass jar- 1g, along with a big selection of aged balsamic vinegars, soup stocks, sea salts from around the world and a lot more.

Our video recipe from Rouxbe for August is  "Warm Apple Cobbler"

With the Olympics in London, we thought that it would be appropriate to share a triditional British dessert from Rouxbe Cooking School. Learn how to cook at Rouxbe.com!! Olives and Things is pleased to offer you the next 14 days for free on the Rouxbe Online Cooking School. Click on the video recipe link below to get great instructional cooking videos and video recipes.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Newsletter-JULY 2012

Happy Canada Day!!

Hi everyone,

We hope that you had a great Canada Day!! Vancouver was full of festivities, maybe you got out to enjoy the parade during the day or jumped on a boat or reserved a spot on the grass in Coal Harbour in the evening to watch the fireworks light up the sky. We watched Spain win the Euro cup in style, 4-0!!! Spain has now won the Euro cup twice and the world cup, must be something the food!!!

Our olives have become increasingly popular over the last month. Some of our existing clients, such as, Niagra GroceryNourish MarketThe Market on YatesJenny's Fine Foods, and Little Town Market have started carrying our olives along of some of the next new clients.

Salmon is in season, so it's a great time to try the delicious salmon video recipe from Rouxbe that we have included below.

We have 7 new locations where you can find our products in Delta and on Vancouver Island. Check out where:

Superior Fish Market located at Trennant Park Square 5229 Ladner Trunk Road in Delta, B.C.

Debbie and Kari are first cousins of two Ladner fisherman brothers, a five generation fishing family. Since 1981, Debbie and Kari have been selling fresh and frozen seafood at Superior Fish Market. Starting at a small store front on River Road and moving to several locations before finally settling in Ladner. Great staff with knowledge of product and helpful cooking suggestions, along with loyal customers has made the store a success. Expanding into meat and poultry such as free run unmedicated chicken, organic beef, kangaroo, ostrich, bison, venison, elk, free run unmedicated turkey and quail eggs has added a uniqueness to the store.

Cowichan Bay Seafoods located at 1751 Cowichan Bay Road in Cowichan bay, B.C.

Whether you’re looking for a fresh piece of fish or homemade bisque to take home for dinner, a plate of just-caught crab for lunch, or a source of local seafood for your grocery or restaurant, they can help. They sell fresh Dungenous crab and spot prawns from their own boats, a wide variety of fish and shellfish caught by local fishermen, and hand-made soups, bisques, and seafood pastas ready for your table. They can help source any special request – providing they are local, Oceanwise (sustainable) choices.

Feys and Hobbs Catered Arts Inc. located at 2249 Oak Bay Ave. in Victoria, B.C.

Whether it's gourmet take-out, a made-to-order cake or a catered party, Feys+Hobbs elevates your experience. Simply dream it and Feys and Hobbs can make it real, with sumptuous food, exacting attention to detail, and natural, sustainable ingredients, whenever possible.

Woodwynn Farms located at 7798 West Saanich Road in Victoria, B.C.

Woodwynn Farms is a 193 acre organic farm for a therapeutic community for the homeless, offering an opportunity to change peoples’ lives with educational and work programmes based on responsibility, dignity, independence and the principles of peer-to-peer help.

The Worldly Gourmet located at 524 1st Ave. in Ladysmith, B.C.

The Worldly Gourmet is a kitchen tool and gourmet food store located in a beautiful 1944 heritage building in Ladysmith, BC. Owner and operator Jenny Jarvis has a passion and love for food. She has worked for 9 years in the film industry as a chef, serving most major stars coming to B.C. As a certified baker, Jenny owned the Trincomali Bakery on Galiano Island for 10 years. She has traveled the world and taken cooking classes in all the countries that she’s visited.

Cowichan Meat Market located at 5191 Koksilah Road in Duncan, B.C.

The product is all really fresh, the store is very clean, and the staff are all extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The Cowichan Meat Market has a huge selection of local, sustainable and affordable top quality meats.

Stockham and Dawley General Store located at #7, 368 Main St. in Tofino, B.C.

Our video recipe from Rouxbe for July is ¨Warm Salmon Salad Nocoise¨

Since it's Salmon season, we took the liberty to bring you this delicious video recipe. Remember to use Cazorliva EVOO, our Aloreña olives with DOP and our Casanovas Barcelona fleur de sel, sea salts for great results. Learn how to cook at Rouxbe.com!! Olives and Things is pleased to offer you the next 14 days for free on the Rouxbe Online Cooking School. Click below to get great instructional cooking videos and video recipes!!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Newsletter-JUNE 2012

"BBQ Time!!"

Hi Everyone,

I don't know about you, but we have been using the BBQ regularly over the last couple of weeks. Indulging in all of our favorite recipes for the grill. It's a great time to try one of our Casanovas Barcelona flavored salts as a rub on your favorite grilling meats and don't forget to dab your meat with our family's EVOO, Cazorliva.

Over the last month, we have updated our website to include more products and product details. Please take a moment to check it out: www.olivesandthings.com

There has been great feedback with our new brand, "Roldan Olives" and we're happy to say that you can now find them in Meinhardt Fine Foods in Vancouver and Village Butcher in Oak Bay.

We have 3 new locations where you can find our products in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. Check out where:

Ulla Restaurant located at 509 Fisgard street, Victoria.

Ulla is situated in the Lupin Building at the bottom of Chinatown and brings a fresh, fun vibe to Victoria. Local ingredients, classic flavours and modern techniques sums up the food philosophy. Along with a commitment to using local organic products whenever possible they also aim to serve only ethically raised proteins. Each dish is balanced, well thought out and will leave you feeling perfectly satisfied. The menu truly offers something for everyone; from lighter seafood dishes to hearty and flavourful meats to exciting vegetarian dishes. Everything is stunningly presented and offers great value. The small wine list is carefully chosen to pair with the food and to offer excellent value. Many of the wines are available by the glass or the bottle. The concise cocktail list offers simple classics and seasonal concoctions.

SPUD Vancouver located at 1660 East Hastings in Vancouver.
In 1997, SPUD.ca was founded based on the idea that there was simply a great, really sustainable way to buy groceries.  
Not only was there an opportunity to directly connect communities with local farmers and food producers, but ordering food online and using a just-in-time home delivery method means a great product for customers. 
Organic produce and artisan groceries can be ordered and delivered in their peak freshness – providing customers with a superior tasting and highly nutrient rich product. 
Whether it’s bringing the very best in local organic produce, or organizing field trips for school children to local farms, SPUD loves connecting you with local, organic and natural foods.


Tonolli's Deli located at 6991 East Saanich Road in Victoria.

This little deli is a great place for some delicious food cooked with passion and care. The owners have taken care to select high quality local and mostly organic foods, and the coffee is fair-trade. They have great breakfasts and they cater to those who require gluten free, such as their gluten free chicken pot pie. Their pastries and cakes are delicious and they have a selection of home made frozen entrees to take home.

Our video recipe from Rouxbe for June is ¨Grilled Asparagus¨

It might sound so simple that you don't think you need the video, but there is even an art to grilling asparagus. Don't believe me, then check it out for yourself and remember to use Cazorliva EVOO and some Casanovas Barcelona salt with citrus for great results. Learn how to cook at Rouxbe.com!! Olives and Things is pleased to offer you the next 14 days for free on the Rouxbe Online Cooking School. Click below to get great instructional cooking videos and video recipes!!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Newsletter-MAY 2012

"The Olives are here!!"

Hi Everyone,

Spain's favorite olives have arrived in Vancouver!!!

Roldan Olives are a Spanish favorite, especially the Aloreña variety shown above, which is considered to be the "Pata Negra" (the best of the best) of olives because of the taste and nutritional benefits. We are very excited to be the first and only suppliers of the Aloreña olive with the denomination of origin of Malaga to Canada. This 100% natural olive is considered the best of the olives in Spain. It’s the only olive with D.O.P. from more than 260 different varieties to choose from in Spain. Its size, thick texture and ease of shedding the olive pit, allows the seasoning to penetrate, making it a unique olive that is highly appreciated by professional tasting palettes. To help offset their bitter taste, these olives are brine-cured by natural methods. The traditional and natural seasoning is composed of garlic and thyme. Free of cholesterol and trans fats. An amazing delight!!

We are also supplying another olive called Gordal shown above, which is one of the largest varieties from Spain and this is a great and fancy way to eat them, with a little pickle stuffed inside. The contrast of flavours is what makes this olive interesting. These olives are brine-cured and don’t have any extra seasoning. They’re free of cholesterol. Great for any occasion!!

We have 9 new locations where you can find our products in Vancouver, Calgary and on Vancouver Island. Check out where:

Green Soul Organics located at 150 Fourth Street in Tofino. 
Green Soul Organics is the conscious consumers choice for organic groceries and natural health related products and services.  A thriving health food store located in the heart of downtown Tofino, Green Soul Organics assists customers achieve wellness goals and enjoy vibrant health by being committed to a lifetime of sustainable and environmentally friendly practices while providing the highest quality of natural health products and organic food items.

Red Barn Market - Latoria Walk located at 611 Brookside Road in Victoria.

Red Barn Market - West Saanich located at 550 West Saanich Road in Victoria.

Red Barn Market - Matticks Farm located at 129-5325 Cordova Bay Road in Victoria.

Open year round, the Red Barn Markets have everything you need. Local producers supply them with farm fresh products every week. And every day, they're hard at work creating their own specialty line of smoked white cheddar, 13 different smoked meat products, pepperoni sticks and a wide variety sausages and deli meats. They even make Bison sticks!

Niagara Grocery located at 579 Niagara Street in Victoria.
Niagara Grocery is located in beautiful, historic James Bay. Victoria BC’s oldest grocery store; updated! The corner grocery is alive and well in Victoria. There’s still a place where you can buy local produce, daily bread, artisan cheese & sausage, and house-roasted coffees.

Cookbook Co. Cooks located at 72211 Avenue SW in Calgary.
This store is an ever-changing collection of specialty ingredients, choice kitchen wares, and of course, cookbook. They shop the world for hard-to-find ingredients and gourmet pantry items. Have you ever come across a great recipe with that one ingredient you just can't find? Well, they probably have it. Not sure how to use an ingredient? Their friendly, knowledgeable staff will be glad to help you.

Market Place IGA Bistro located at 489 Robson Street in Vancouver.

This Market Place IGA is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Close to numerous hotels and venues such as BC Place, GM Place and the Center for Performing Arts. They offer a variety of ready-to-eat meals and snacks. They also have a wide variety of imported products to tingle your taste buds. Grilled panini sandwiches, gelato, hot soup and BBQ chicken, coffee and tea beverages and a fully serviced Deli. They have an international staff from all over the world as well as locals - friendly and eager to help.

Hillary's Artisan Cheese located at 1034 Fort Street in Victoria.

Situated in the picturesque seaside village of Cowichan Bay, Hilary's Cheese & Deli offers visitors a chance to relax and savour cheeses they produce locally and those that are brought in from near and far. Check out the lunch counter which serves homemade soups daily paired with sandwiches made at the neighbouring bakery.

Eden West Fine Foods locted at 2500 Saint Johns Street in Port Moody.

Eden West Fine Foods and Gifts Ltd. is a gourmet boutique that brings a little bit of “downtown” to Port Moody. The store offers a wide variety of specialty foods, cookware, and tools. If you love to cook, you will enjoy our selection of gourmet essentials and hard to find housewares.

Our video recipe from Rouxbe for May is ¨Olivada¨

Similar to tapenade, this chunky mixture of capers, olives, red wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil pairs perfectly with grilled meats and vegetables. Make sure to use Cazorliva EVOO and Roldan Olives for great results. Learn how to cook at Rouxbe.com!! Olives and Things is pleased to offer you the next 14 days for free on the Rouxbe Online Cooking School. Click below to get great instructional cooking videos and video recipes!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Newsletter-APRIL 2012-
Easter Eggs and Olives!!!!

Hi Everyone,

Spring has sprung and things are starting to look just a little bit more colorful. I hope you get your fair share of chocolate easter eggs, but make sure you leave some room for olives!! Thats right, Roldan Olives, Spain's favorite, are coming to town!!! We'll let you know when they land.

We have 7 great new locations where you can find our products in Whistler, Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. Check out where:

The Grocery Store located at 4211 Village Square in Whistler. This great grocery store is commited to providing healthy choices for your food basket.

Village Butcher located at 2032 Oak Bay Avenue, in Oak Bay. Specializing in local, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, housemade sausages and other carnivorous delights! A great place to stock up on favorite cuts.

Jenny's Fine Foods, Gifts & Eclectica located at 3074 Kingsway Avenue, in Port Alberni. Jenny's is dedicated to supporting local and eco-friendly suppliers who care about the environment and sustainability. Each and every one of their product have been carefuly selected to meet their criteria for outstanding quality and uniqueness.

Little Town Market located at  
9752 Willow Street, in 
 . This is a great little artisan market and coffee shop.


Little Vienna Bakery located at  
6726 West Coast Road, in 
2851 Foul Bay Road
2851 Foul Bay Road
Sooke. They offer beautiful hand-formed breads, buns and baguettes, as well as lovingly prepared decadent pastries, pies and cakes.


Whole Foods Robson located at 1675 Robson Street, in Vancouver. This is a great place to find all of your natural and organic foods.


Charelli's Cheese Shop and Delicatessen located at 2851 Foul Bay Road, in Victoria. This is the biggest cheese shop in Victoria! They provide high quality products and service. The moment that you walk through the door you'll feel and smell the old European charm.

Tastings this Month!!!

Thursday April 5th (4-6 pm)
4 - 6 pm at The Grocery Store (Whistler)
4 - 6 pm at Whistler Marketplace IGA (Whistler)

Saturday April 7th
11 am - 1 pm at Windsor Meats (Edgemont Village - North Van)

Saturday April 14
11 am - 1 pm at New Apple Farm Market (Lonsdale Ave. - North Van)
3 - 5 pm at Jackson's Meat & Deli (West 4th Ave. - Kitsilano)

Saturday April 21st
10 am - 12 pm at Ugo & Joe (East Hastings Street - Vancouver)

Saturday April 28th
Time to be confirmed at Nourish Market during the healthy living expo (Lynn Valley Village - North Van)


Our Spanish dessert recipe for April is: ¨Torrijas¨
Happy Easter!!!


"Torrijas" is one of the more traditional Spanish desserts cooked during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. It dates back to as far as S.XV. We know it as "French Toast" in the western world.

The book, "honey and many eggs to make torrijas", by Juan del Encina, is from the fifteenth century and it describes the Torrijas as a suitable dish for the recovery of women after giving birth. The earliest recipes date back to the books, "Maceras Domingo Hernandez" (1607) and "Art in the kitchen, pastries, and cannery of Motiño Francisco Martinez" (1611). 

In the early twentieth century, Torrijas were very common in the taverns of Madrid and served with little wine glasses. Its association with Easter is perhaps due to the need to have bread when Catholic followers could not eat meat.

"Torrijas" are also famous in France and some regions of Argentina, Uruguay and México.

Our recipe is the "Torrija" of milk, sugar and cinnamon, which is probably the most traditional of all, but "Torrijas" can be made in many ways, with honey, wine, custard, cinnamon, etc.


(For 20 "Torrijas" for 10 people)

750 g of whole wheat Bread ( Alternative: rice bread, for those with allergies)
1 liter of cow milk (Alternative: goat, almond,...etc. for those with allergies)
100 g of Sugar
2 Cinnamon sticks
2 tsp cinnamon powder
Cazorliva EVOO 
4 Eggs

Preparation & cooking time: 30 minutes

Cut 20 slices of bread, each one, over a centimeter thick.

Heat the milk and cinnamon sticks while adding the sugar. Let the milk cool down before soaking the bread because if not it will soften the bread too much.

Once soaked in milk, place the bread slices in egg batter. Fry them in a pan with hot Cazorliva EVOO at medium to medium high heat.

Once they are golden brown, take them out of the pan and dab them with a paper towel to remove excess oil.

The final touch is to dust them with sugar and cinnamon powder.

Now, they are ready to be eaten!!

Enjoy them!!!