Friday, August 5, 2011

A Lovely Summer Sunday, Part III

This is the last post about a very nice day trip I took last week.  I spoke about it here and here, for those who did not see it.

We crossed the very narrow  two-lane Washington's Crossing Bridge from New Jersey into Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and after a short drive we were in the town of Newtown.  Very quaint main street with beautiful homes surrounding it.  Our destination was  The Tubby Olive.   

It is a cook's paradise for those who love really good oils and delicious vinegars.  The store offers imported flat breads, pastas, pesto sauces, conserves, jars of  olives, cookbooks, and many clever ideas for both gifts or to use when enjoying their products.

You can sample any oil or vinegar in this meticulous, beautifully appointed store.  Decorated with colors of Tuscany, I was a happy camper while looking at all the products.  And tasting the ones that appealed to me.  

We met one of the owners, Sharon and her husband, both were welcoming, knowledgeable and patient with our questions.

After much deliberation, I decided to buy an exquisite roasted almond oil, which I plan to use on grilled fruit and in salad dressings.  I chose a cinnamon pear balsamic vinegar, which is so mellow and delicious, I could pour it into a small cordial glass and drink it straight.  It will be fabulous on autumn salads, with sliced pears or apples and toasted nuts, and feta or goat cheese, I can't wait!  I also bought a set of two small bottles (they sell these for wedding favors) , one with lemon oil and the other blueberry balsamic.  

For those of you who live within driving distance, the owners have a policy where if you bring back your empty, dishwasher cleaned, air dried bottles, they will refill them and you save $1.00 per bottle.   The Tubby Olive also has an online store, and they are offering free shipping on all online orders through September 5th, 2011.

Sweet pumpkin pesto, a bottle stopper, a bittersweet chocolate bar infused with an extra light olive oil and hint of salt, and the thinnest, crispest flat bread imported from Italy completed my purchase.

A very nice summery recipe was included with the set of lemon oil and blueberry balsamic, which I made for myself today.

Blueberry, Cucumber and Feta Salad

2 cucumbers
1/2 pint blueberries
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese (I cut into cubes)
1/2 red onion thinly sliced
1 T. freshed minced dill
2 1/2 T. lemon olive oil
2 1/2 T. blueberry balsamic

Slice cukes length-wise into quarters; then slice on bias into bite-size chunks.  Add blueberries, onion and dill.  Whisk olive oil and balsamic together to make a vinaigrette.  Toss into salad and gently fold in feta.  

Delicious, that lemon- blueberry combo is the best!

I am joining

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Yvonne at Stone Gable for On the Menu Monday
Smiling Sally for Blue Monday 
(stretching it with the blueberry, and wishing Sally the best)

Pour yourself a tall, cool drink, or perhaps toss a quick salad, and visit these fabulous blogs and enjoy!


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  1. Looks like a fun destination. I'll give the salad a try. It sounds delicious!

  2. Hi, Barbara♪♪♪
    Wow, sample oil or vinegar and buy them♬♬♬ I've never seen place like that and it is also a restaurant with generous owner. FABULOUS, isn't it☆☆☆
    I can see it sure is really a wonderful place.
    Your salad looks SO delicious and I wish I could be invited for your MARVELOUS meal someday!!!

    Have a sweet weekend my friend, LOVE Orchid.

  3. I would love to poke around that shop. So neat. The salad looks great too. I love feta!!!

  4. What a fun store! Really looks like you had a great day and the Blue/Cuke salad sounds great:@)

  5. The shop looked like it was a feast for the eyes and mouth.
    I would definitely like to visit it.

  6. Hi There Barbara!

    Newton, PA, looks like such a darling town; and the Tubby Olive looks like my cup of tea. I love me some good olive oil and balsamic vinegar :) Have you tried Caprese salad? My husband and I could eat that all summer with fresh, garden tomatoes.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to leave a comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures of Highlands. I love visiting there. Have a great weekend!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  7. I am about to have a hissy fit for this salad. It sounds so good. Going to gro. store on the 10th (Social Sec. pay day) and plan to get ingredients for it. We'll love it.

    I love this pretty store..glad you had such a good time. Thanks for taking those good photos to share.
    xoxo bj

  8. Thank you for visiting my site .. cause now I've found you! I'm following you, too ... and I'm getting online with the Tubby Olive ... that looks like my kind of place! Nice to meet ya!

  9. Barbara, that salad looks fantastic! I would never in a million years have thought of that combo. Can't wait to check out the sight. Rest up this week! LOL

  10. Hello Barbara:
    The Tubby Olive looks to be the most amazing shop and what fun to be able to sample all of the different oils. We do hope that your Almond Oil works out well. It sounds delicious.

  11. This establishment looks like an amazing place! I could find myself spending lots of time there :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I am stopping over from LV's post and wanted to say thank you for mentioning about stopping to visit my blog. Please do stop by and if you do, please leave a comment so that I know you were there. (I'm still catching up on more fun posts...going now to read what you posted for Alphabe-Thursday this week :o)

  12. Hello!
    Thank You so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me a sweet comment. I'm your newest follower :) I just LOVE the name of your blog!

    This sounds like a wonderful place to visit and your salad looks delish!! Thank You for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  13. Thank you for the sweet comment and follow! I'm in love with your post about the beautiful shop and the delicious looking salad! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  14. What a fun and unique shop! I would love that place. Thanks for the blueberry/cucumber salad with husband will love that!

  15. Barbara, I've enjoyed your day trip and todays destination is a place I would go if anywhere near there. I would love to taste and select something new. Your selections sound so good. The almond oil on the grilled fruit would be delicious to me. I'm going to have to come up with that for fall grilling. I think I'll have to try the salad too. Enjoyed the tour and photos.
    Have a great evening, i'm going over to the Tubby Olive webpage.

    The French Hutch

  16. Barbara, I'm glad I didn't go with you because I'd have needed a truck to haul everything home. That is my kind of store! I'll check them out online. Your salad looks delicious.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for the nice comment.

  17. This looks like a wonderful store! What a great concept. It's great to have you being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  18. Dearest Barbara,

    What an idea to have that many balsamicos to offer! Never have seen such assortment. It would be hard to choose one... Your salad looks also very inviting. With the hot summer weather, a salad is such a blessing.

    Have a wonderful Sunday and love to you,


  19. Oh wow, what a fantastic destination! I'm so happy that you shared it with us and the salad looks totally amazing. I hope you're having a fabulous weekend!


  20. I've always been a fan of places with home made and gourmet things to buy. We live near an Amish community and they have the best stuff.

    So, I would enjoy this place and part of the salad. I'd need to do a substitution on the cheese, though. Feta cheese just isn't my thing.

  21. Looks like you had a great time. Wonderful to know about the Tubby Olive. You purchased some wonderful goodies and the recipe sounds delicious! Have a great week!

  22. How I enjoyed browsing through the Tubby Olive with you today, it's the kind of establishment where I coule easily while away an hour or two.

  23. I have never had feta with blueberries, I have seen it in a few books and blog, but still, not tried yet... maybe ine day.

    Did you like it?



  24. Yum girl that sounds great. I will be hopping over there to take a look.

  25. Yes, Alessandra, it was delicious; the saltiness of the feta makes the fruit taste sweeter! xo

  26. What a cute name for a fascinating shop. I can see why you made the trek.
    The salad looks so delish. I love anything with feta.
    Thanks for sharing, Hugs

  27. Hello Barbara, I have spent a little time on your blog this evening and have really enjoyed it. Looking forward to coming back.

  28. What a nice trip/fun place to visit! Looks like some great specialties to try. I see you are from NYC; I recently vacationed in NYC and had a wonderful time. Have a wonderful week, Barbara!
    Blessings, Beth

  29. I am so glad you visited my blog and introduced me to yours. I am delighted to follow you back. It just happens that I live in Bucks County and can you believe I don't know about that store. I'll be visiting it for sure. Great post!

  30. We have a similar store in the city but called but it has a different name so it isn't a chain. They do have really good oils and vinegars. Love that blueberry cucumber salad! I'll have to try it whenever I can get some blueberry vinegar!

  31. Tubby Olive looks like a wonderful place to shop, Barbara! I love flavored oils and vinegars nad the fruit and nut flavored ones sound so delicious for salads. This was a nice recipe ... blueberries are my favorite!

  32. What a cute header. You've got some great photos and you're making me hungry too!

  33. Hi, orchid again here.
    I wish you don't mind my answering your question in my post here.
    Yes, we put "san" after family name when we call someone as a honorific. And we have several of them. I think it is like you have "Mr. Mrs. Ms. Dr."
    Hugs xoxo, Orchid

  34. Oh I'd be thrilled with your purchases! We have a relatively new oil/vinegar shop where you sample but they don't offer all those other wonderful items. I picked up a Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar back in Feb. for Valentine's Day that is wonderful over strawberries or Parmesan cheese.

    Lemon-Blueberry is a delicious combo!

  35. wow...lovely cliks...nice presentation dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  36. What a wonderful name for a shop! I was sold on the shop just with their name. What a great place to take a day trip and do some tasting. Looks like a wonderful salad too. Joni

  37. Wow... I'm going to go eat breakfast now. I'm wishing there was something Tuscan in my 'fridge!! It all looks and sounds amazing..

    Blessings, Debbie

  38. The cucumber and berry salad sounds wonderful for a hot summer evening. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for stopping by my 100 Post Give away. Richard at My Old Historic House.

  39. Great shots. The salad sounds refreshing.

    My Blue Monday is here.

  40. My kinda place! I love tasting olive oils and your salad is just great looking and I will try it in summer for sure. Ijust posted my watermelon, feta and olive salad.


  41. Barb, This would be a field trip that I would LOVE to go on with you! Oh I would have so much fun sampling all of the delicious vinegars and oils. I'm afraid I might just go a little crazy in that great store.
    Your blueberry, feta and cuke salad sounds fabulous with the blueberry balsamic dressing. So delicious.
    Thank you for this delightful and informative addition to ON THE MENU MONDAY!

  42. I would have enjoyed this trip with you, and when I got to that salad at the end of the post, it made this post about it my favorite segment. It look absolutely delicious and is like nothing I've tried around here.

  43. I think I would go crazy in that oil and vinegar store too! What a wonderful place. I know I would love the blueberry, cucumber and feta salad!

  44. Hi, just found you through Diann's Thrifty Groove blog.

    Bucks County is a short drive for me as well, and am happy to learn of the town of Newtown and the Tubby Olive. Wow, sampling the oils and vinegars before you buy is my cup of tea. The blueberry, cuke salad sounds fantastic.
    Your welcome to visit my blog; will be adding about my recent vacation, soon.

  45. I love Bucks County. Those stone houses make me drool. And so did your recipe! Yum!

  46. What a beautiful shop and I know there is so much in oils and vinegars that it is hard to choose. Lovely recipe.

  47. What a fantastic place to visit!

    Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday!


  48. This place looks wonderful! We have a similar place in Red Bank, NJ and I that I have yet to check out, but I will get there this week. You have inspired me!

  49. Great shots and that Lemon Blueberry looks so yummy.

    My Blue Monday is here.

  50. Whew, I got hungry all of the sudden.

    Lovely blues!

    Late visiting for BM, here's my Blue post. Have a great day!


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