This weekend we ate in a very different style, by taking a trip out to the Olive Mill in Queen Creek. Let me start by saying this, I’m seriously considering staring a food section on Truly Ney. It was sooo good!

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We walked the fairly new land and crop fields. See, the Olive Mill started in 2005 when the owner realized Arizona’s land could also grow olives. He bought his first olive harvesting machine from his boss and decided to bring the olive oil business to AZ himself. It has since then grown and expanded into so much more. The place offers local raised products from jams, coffee, breads and more.

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They have a restaurant, delicious pastries (De-licious!) and house made gelato in flavors like raspberry cabernet and balsamic fig. This place is unique on it’s own, I mean even their mimosas are flavored with almonds, cranberries, or peaches of the season and you’ll have more than one. So careful if your’e driving, it’s a long drive and a hard drink to pass on. Just some advice.

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Another thing I learned was about the difference between robust, balanced, and delicate olives. Robust being the youngest olives are a bit more bitter and full olive potential. Balanced are just right olives or combination between robust and delicate olives which are great for cooking. Delicate is when the olives are close to purple and become very soft and settle. This is the best kind of oil for salads and drizzling, my perfect match! I like to only use olive oil raw so before this I had no idea which would taste best on my salads, now I know and I am tempted to through out my others away.

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And as if that isn’t something already to think about, there are tons of flavors and options for oil, balsamic vinegars & reductions, and spreads. We ended up getting the olive oil and basil which I can’t get enough of its beautiful aroma, and the white balsamic peach reduction. Being that peaches are in season right now, their flavors are at their fullest and this reduction was no exception. I had no idea how to even use it, but luckily each condiment offers free recipes you can try. Are you loving this place even more now?

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I love exploring and learning about different places, cultures, trends and even cuisine. I tend to put my picky eating requirements aside when it comes to these fascinating places. So if you’re anything like me or even just a foodie, I recommend you take a trip out there and take their 40 minute olive oil tour and tasting.

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I can’t take full credit for having the idea to visit the Olive Mill. It was all my mother’s. She’d been there before and kept insisting we go out there, knowing we’d love it as much as she did. She told us wear comfortable shoes, sunglasses or hats. I gotta tell you, sometimes mothers really are right!

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I quickly pulled out my Keds because well they are my comfort fits all shoe and knew I wanted to wear a dress or skirt since the weather is totally in favor of it. A couple of weekends ago I bought this printed skirt & boater hat for a tea party event and wore it with high heel mules but surprise surprise it works equally as well with flats and sneakers. Yes, versatility! I pulled these pieces and made it a bit more casual by adding a black body suit and denim jacket. Ok I have to admit this denim jacket was just an accessory but to defense the day turned out to be windy and after the wind spilled some cheese spread on my shirt, I was able to wear my jacket over and cove the stain. Like I always say, Overprepare then go with the flow!

 

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