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I heart the Great Lakes Olive Oil Co. <3

Great Lakes Olive Oil Co.

A while back, my grandma told me she saw a story in the paper about a new store that had opened up in Frankenmuth at River Place. A store that really intrigued me, as it’s full of olive oils and balsamic vinegars! I like to cook and I *really* like to eat, so I decided I needed to check this place out as soon as I got the opportunity.

I am so glad I did! I found so much to love at the Great Lakes Olive Oil Co.! I’ve been there a few times now and after the first visit, I knew I wanted to write something here on the blog. I fell in love with the fruit flavored balsamic vinegars and with an unexpected oil and vinegar combination I never would have thought to try. I brought home the Strawberry Balsamic and the Raspberry Balsamic and I’ve been testing them out every chance I get! So far my favorite way? Dessert! They are delightful drizzled over vanilla ice cream and with a good dark chocolate. SO GOOD. If you are local, you need to go there. If you are not local, you need to order some and have it sent to you. I personally have tried and recommend the Strawberry, Raspberry, Peach, and Cinnamon Pear vinegars; and the Tuscan Herb, Garlic, and Sage and Mushroom Olive Oils. Try the Sage and Mushroom with the Cinnamon Pear on chicken. It’s seriously one of the best things I have ever eaten. Ever. EVER.

The shop itself is bright and open and just begs to have photos taken inside. So I did!

Great Lakes Olive Oil Co.

Great Lakes Olive Oil Co.

Great Lakes Olive Oil Co.

The owner, Elyse, was kind enough to answer some questions I had. Yay!

What is your favorite oil?
Chipotle

Favorite vinegar?
Espresso

Favorite combination?
Herbs de Provence Olive Oil & Traditional 18 Yr. Balsamic Vinegar

How would you describe your cooking style?
Random. I like to try new things. I am not much of a recipe follower so I start with a recipe and then add and subtract ingredients at will. (Wendy note: I do this too!)

What is your favorite part about the business?
I love meeting new people. People have very different experiences with cooking, especially with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. It is fun to open up people’s minds on the possibilities that Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar can bring to their cooking.

What task would you never touch again if you didn’t have to?
Unloading 4,500 lbs of our glass bottles. Tough work. Once we unload them from the truck then we have to wash them all. That is a lot of glass bottles!

Is there any dessert item that *wouldn’t* go well with a fruit balsamic?
I love cookies! Because I love them so much I want them just plain in their deliciousness, no extra flavors needed.

What lesson do we learn from Humpty Dumpty?
What I get from Humpty Dumpty may vary from what others do. The lesson I see is that things don’t always go exactly as planned, they may “fall” and break but you have to adapt and keep trying. This really goes along with my outlook on life!

Are you a morning person, afternoon person, or a night owl?
Afternoon.

Do you still have your childhood cuddly toy?
I do not

What’s the most unusual oil/vinegar combination you’ve tried and liked?
Harissa Olive Oil and Peach Balsamic Vinegar

Any current particularly awesome special things you’d like to highlight?
Great Lakes Olive Oil has started hosting private tasting parties in our store after hours for any group of people that are interested. To inquire just call the store or e-mail us!

Call them: 989.652.2433
Email them: info@greatlakesoliveoil.com
Like them on Facebook: Great Lakes Olive Oil Co.

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