So… I was sitting in my kitchen thinking about our blog. There’s so much to discuss about olive oil, I just didn’t know where to begin.

And so, as I looked at my children fighting over the last piece of warm toasted bread with olive oil and tomato, I found my starting point. Do I give my kids good olive oil becuase I love them so much and want them to be happy with what they are eating? Well yes, I do love them and want them to enjoy their breakfast, but I do it for a more selfish reason, the highest on the list being the flavor and health benefits of the olive oil I am giving them. Here’s how I make my children and myself happy every morning. Even though we are sitting in our kitchen in New Jersey, it makes me feel just like we are sitting at our favorite cafe having breakfast in Spain.

Breakfast of Champions

-French or Italian bread sliced;

-A good strong olive oil (e.g., Athenolia, Leccino, Hojiblanca);

-A juicy tomato, freshly grated (I just use a regular grater, it turns the tomato into a spoonable pulp);

-Course sea salt (Himalayan is my favorite, but any sea salt or kosher salt is just fine).

Just toast the bread, pour on a good amount of extra virgin olive oil (always poke the top of the bread with a fork so the oil penetrates the bread), spoon the grated tomato over the bread and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!

Are you on your way to get that bread yet?!

Oh, talking about bread… on weekends, our Long Branch store is now selling bread from Balthazar’s (yes, the Balthazar’s on Spring Street in Soho)! So Grab yourself a nice loaf of Ciabatta or a baguette to enjoy with your favorite extra virgin olive oil and you’re good to go.

More to come!


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