Wednesday, May 2, 2007
I love it when I find something delightful no one else has heard of. The thrill of discovery. That smug sense of satisfaction for being the first. And I bet you’ve never heard of this one, Corsican olive oil. Domaine de Marquiliani olive oil to be precise.
Ok, well I’m not exactly the first to have found this. Olive oil has been made and enjoyed on the beautiful island of Corsica since 3400 BC. Still, most people I know, even the most hardcore foodies, have never heard of it so I am going to keep the smug, thanks much.
The first time I encountered Corsican olive oil was at Casa Corse, a nice Corsican restaurant in Paris. I’m a bit vague on the meal
itself, but I remember the three baskets of bread I ate, as a mere conduit for that marvelous oil they served. I tried to ask the indifferent server what oil they use. Corsican oil, of course, he said, in that gruff reply that could only come from a discommoded French waiter. Not entirely in the mood to press him anymore, I left it at that.
The following weeks I went on a hunt for Corsican oil. I bought pretty much every kind I came across. That’s still not adding up to many, mind you, since Corsican oils are something of a rarity even in Paris. I did a taste test in my little flat, and found one I loved themost. It was an oil from Domaine de Marquiliani, which I bought from the little Corsican épicerie near the Opera.