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Not all Olive Oil is Created Equal

Not all Olive Oil is Created Equal

By Patricia A. Hanigan, Owner of Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils & Balsamics, 20 Elm Street, Westfield NJ

In 2011 Tom Mueller, one of the leading authorities on Extra Virgin Olive Oil, released his book “Extra Virginity: The sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.” In it he revealed a world of deception where low quality oils and artificial coloring were being passed off as extra-virgin olive oils to the American public. In Europe, you would be breaking the law if you were mixing refined oils with Extra Virgin and labeling it 100% Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Unfortunately, here in the states we do not have strict regulations and thus there are a lot of fraudulent bottled Extra-Virgin Olive Oils on the market. When companies taint the oil, the consumer loses the health benefits of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants.

How to choose good olive oil:

  1. Know your source. This was and is extremely important to me as a nutritionist when I was searching for my importer—I wanted to ensure that what I was selling was truly 100% Extra-Virgin and that my customers were receiving all the health benefits inherent in olives.  I wanted to work with a company that conducted independent chemical analysis and one that was respected in the industry. Therefore, I chose Veronica Foods who does conduct routine testing and came highly recommended by Tom Mueller himself.
  2. There are two main factors to determine if an oil is Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). It has to be less than 0.8 acidity and the taste. You should be able to taste fruitiness, bitterness, and pungency. It should have some positive taste notes of grass or artichoke. An oil may not be labeled extra virgin if there is any defect in tasting such as rancid or musty smelling.
  3. Olive Oil does not get better with age. Olive Oil has a two-year life span from the time of crush. Therefore, look for a crush date. Once opened you should consume the oil within 4-6 months.
  4. There are three things that will speed up the deterioration of Olive Oil—Air, heat, and light. Therefore, always buy your oil in a dark bottle and keep it closed tightly. Store it away in a cool dark cabinet and even though it looks nice, never store your oil on or near the stove. Remember, the better you treat your oil the longer it will maintain its health benefits.

So, as we head into the summer months go ahead and enjoy all the health benefits and delicious taste that Extra-Virgin Olive Oil has to offer on your salads, in your marinades, roasting, sautéing, grilling and of course, for dipping your favorite baguette.

www.Patriciaandpaul.com 

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Fitness Corner

Fitness Corner

Athleta

Join Athleta for very special events during Girls' Day & Night Out on May 11. From 11am-3pm enjoy Club Pilates Demos, an EyeCandy Jewelry Trunk Show, and On The Side Day Spa complimentary in-store massage with purchase and refreshments. Then from 5pm-9pm, enjoy an EyeCandy Jewelry Trunk Show, Rodan and Fields consultant in-store, Lunchbox Waxing Salon complimentary in-store wax with purchase, and complimentary in-store massage with purchase. Athleta is also celebrating mothers & daughters everywhere with a special event on May 13! Join them for an in-store Yoga class with Yoga Essence of New Providence, bracelet making, and refreshments (Mother + Daughter Namaste Together) on Saturday, May 13 at 8:45am. All attendees please bring in an essential baby item for their diaper drive (Moms Helping Moms Diaper Drive, May 1st thru May 13th) to receive an exclusive discount. 234 E. Broad St., 908.518.7620. www.athleta.com

POE Yoga

In honor of National Teachers Appreciation Week, May 1-7, POE is offering 3 free classes to local teachers at any of POE locations during this week! Simply contact concierge@poeyoga.com  to sign up. See the website for class schedules. POE also has a cool event on June 2 with the author of Strong is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker. They are doing a mom-and-me girl power yoga class, then a book signing with treats from The Juice House (of Garwood) and a trunk show from Ivvivia yoga gear for girls. Call or visit their website for details. 128 Elm St., 908.264.7995. www.poeyoga.com 

Satsang Yoga Studio

Your OM away from home in the heart of Downtown Westfield. Satsang is offering a Spring class card sale that can help you jumpstart your countdown to a summer fitness plan. Enjoy 10% off class cards (except new student specials). College students receive 10% off class cards all summer long with current student id. Sale Cards can be purchased in person or by phone May 1st-May 15th. 235 E. Broad St., 2nd floor. 908.789.7203. www.satsangyogastudio.com 

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Food & Wine

Food & Wine

Mother's Day Dinner at Sweet Waters Steak House

Sweet Waters will be open Mother's Day from 1pm-9pm serving dinner all day. Sunday brunch will resume the following week. Also, on Saturday May 6 for the Kentucky Derby, they will be offering $6 Sweet Waters Mint Juleps, as well as 1/2 price drinks and appetizers from noon-7pm at the bar and outside patio. 43 Elm St., 908.317.2599. www.sweetwatersnj.com 

Mother's Day Brunch at Xocolatz

Appreciate mom on Mother's Day May 14 with a reservation for brunch at Xocolatz. They will be offering a special brunch and dinner menu, so plan ahead and make your reservation early. 235 Elmer St., 908.232.3962. www.xocolatznj.com 


New Owners, Chef and Renovation at Chez Catherine
Chez Catherine Restaurant in Westfield NJ has been known as one of New Jersey's top destinations since 1979 for classic French cuisine. Former maître d'hôtel, now Restauranteur Stephan Bocket and his business partner Michael Cowan recently purchased this renowned restaurant and have invigorated this Westfield staple with beautiful renovations, new menus and a fresh staff headed by Executive Chef Christine Migton. Read more... 431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011. www.chezcatherine.com  

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Clothing/Jewelry/Accessories:

 

Johari Bra & Swimwear 

Johari has beautiful lingerie and bathing suits. Stop in to get fitted and lifted, especially for your prom and graduation dresses. 112 Central Ave., 908.228.2779. www.joharionline.com 

Jude Connally

May has arrived and It's the season for celebrations, graduations, barbeques and long weekends! Visit Jude Connally in Westfield to get the perfect look for your special occasion. 111 Central Ave., 908.889.0900. www.judeconnally.com

Just Bead Yourself

Create Mother-Daughter Bangles! Take a selfie of mother and daughter and Just Bead Yourself will turn it into a personalized charm bangle bracelet! Or bead your own crystal bangle with a charm of your choice, or create a wish box charm bangle in which you write a secret message or wish for each other and place it in each other's wish box charm. Plus, create a photo keychain or bookmark for Grandma. Create memories! 113 Central Ave., 908.232.3411. www.JustBeadYourself.com

The Town Book Store 

Everyone love books! The Town Book Store has a great selection of gift ideas. From sentimental books to just great reads, they are confident they have something for you. Now is also the time of year for college and university graduations. Books are a perfect keepsake for these milestone occasions. 270 E. Broad St., 908.233.3535. www.townbookstore.com 

 

Flowers:

Blue Jasmine

Design a thoughtful gift for your mother in three easy steps with Blue Jasmine's Mother's Day Flower Bar. Choose your style, size and color palette for a beautiful arrangement unique to your mom. Call to hear Blue Jasmine's full Flower Bar Menu. 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393. www.www.bluejasminedesign.com

 

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The Farmhouse Store

Change is good...interchangeable is better. The Farmhouse Store is proud to partner with Nora Fleming to offer a gift for every occasion.  Nora Fleming offers tableware, serveware, and decorative pieces that change for every holiday, event or season. Just remove the Nora Fleming "Mini" (a ceramic piece - an American flag, a heart, a witch's hat, a Christmas tree, baby blocks, a birthday cake, etc.), and add another to your table for a new look to match your occasion. 221 E. Broad St., 908.654.0444. www.facebook.com/thefarmhousestore

Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Evalyn Dunn Gallery is offering a 10% discount on the purchase of all Mother's Day gifts through May 13. They just received 2 new jewelry lines, one from Paris and one from Israel. All of the jewelry is hand crafted. They also just received a selection of hand painted silk scarves and magnificent hand crafted stained glass boxes. Stop in to the gallery to appreciate the wide variety of gifts on display. Offer not to be combined with other offers and must be mentioned at time of purchase. 549 South Ave. W., 908.232.0412. www.evalyndunngallery.com

 

Services:

 

Elegant Image Salon

Elegant Image is offering Mother's Day promotions as well as $10 off prom hair and makeup bookings. Enjoy a "Like Mother Like Daughter" promotion with 2 manicures for $20, or 2 manicures and pedicures for $70, or 2 manicures, 2 pedicures and 2 blow dries for $120! Must be redeemed by two guests or purchase in advance as a gift certificate. 405 South Ave. W., 908.232.4900. www.elegantimagenj.com

Facial Reality Spa & Salon

Celebrate Moms all month long -- Purchase a $100 Gift Card and you will receive a $25 Gift Card just for you! Gift Cards can be used toward any product or service in the spa. Come in soon and see what's new with Eminence, a favorite organic skincare line. 221 Lenox Ave., 908.928.0010. www.facialrealityspa.com

Glamorous Girlz

For the month of May, Glamorous Girlz will be offering to all Mothers a free manicure with a pedicure! Plus, receive free eyebrow waxing when getting a haircut. 28 Prospect St., 908.264.8819. www.glamorousgirlzsalon.com

R Studio Lash Spa

This month at R Studio Lash Spa it's all about the brows. For May only, a Custom Brow Design is being offered for only $30. This service includes customized shaping, wax, and brow tint to give you beautifully defined brows. 100 Quimby St., Suite 3, 908.858.0746. www.rstudiolashspa.com 

Open Door Therapy

A Free Talk: 'MOTHER: The Influence of a Lifetime' -- Come and enjoy a free and inspiring community presentation by relationship and couples counselor Terri DiMatteo on May 8 from 7pm-8pm at Open Door Therapy. The presentation will focus on the powerful, lifelong influence of mothers as it relates to Theory of Attachment. For more information and to reserve your spot, call Terri DiMatteo or reserve your spot online. 111 Quimby St., Suite 111, 908.403.9300. www.opendoortherapy.net

The Westfield Service League

The WSL will be closing for the summer break on June 16 through to the beginning of September. The weeks leading up to their closing in June, they will be having some fantastic clearance sales to make way for the fall merchandise they will be selling come September. The Westfield Service League is grateful to all their loyal customers and thanks you for your continued support. 114 Elmer St., Thrift 908.233.2530, Consignment 908.232.1223. www.thewestfieldserviceleague.org 

 

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SOLE Shoes
Cool and fashionable new sneakers are all the rage and SOLE has some beautiful new options. Slip on and lace up styles with metallic tips or in patent leather, these handcrafted leather sneakers from Blackstone Shoes are comfortable AND pretty to wear. Ready for work or play, and always making a statement, this new collection for men and women is just in at SOLE. Stop in for a pair! 201 E. Broad St., 908.654.7800. Facebook
 
Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique
Blue Jasmine is celebrating 3 YEARS of bringing beautiful flowers, jewelry and gifts to downtown Westfield. Come celebrate the boutique's 3rd Anniversary on April 15 when Blue Jasmine will be offering storewide sales and bouquet raffles all weekend. 22 Elm St., 908.232.2393.

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POE Yoga

POE is introducing a new Student Monthly Unlimited Membership for $100/month! It is available to students aged 13-23 and a valid student ID is required. Limited quantities are available and will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Email concierge@poeyoga.com or ask their front desk staff. 128 Elm St., 908.264.7995. www.poeyoga.com

Club Pilates

Club Pilates Westfield is excited to announce upcoming dates for their Teacher Training Program  -- Earn a living teaching what you love! The program provides a challenging yet nurturing environment for dedicated Pilates practitioners who wish to become Pilates Trainers. Graduates are trained in detailed applications of the Pilates Method of exercise and are chosen for teaching opportunities based on their knowledge and ability to adapt the Pilates exercises to clients of all levels. Dates are: May 6, 7, 13 & 14, June 3, 4, 10, 11, 24 & 25, July 8 & 9. Ready to learn more? Contact westfield@clubpilates.com or stop in or call. 225 E. Broad St., 908.233.0950.

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Satsang Yoga Studio

Satsang is gearing up for Spring with several events in March. On March 7 at 7:30pm, they are offering a free lecture with Dr. Thomas Agesen on Regenerative Medicine and PRP as non-surgical alternatives for sports, spine and orthopedic injuries. Sunday, March 19 1:30-3pm enjoy their monthly Roll, Relax, Reset workshop focusing on lower back and hips. Use therapy balls to roll out your winter kinks. Sunday, March 25 at 12:30-1:30 it's a Mommy and Me Yoga event for newborn babies to crawling. Spend some quality time connecting with your baby while you strengthen and tone your body. 235 E. Broad St., 2nd floor, 908.789.7203. www.satsangyogastudio.com

The Bar Method

Hey teens! Looking to get Prom or Summer ready? The Bar Method is offering a $75/month Unlimited class pack for High School and College students. This is an unlimited package so all times are open to you. Please call the studio to register for this special price. 908.232.0746. www.westfield.barmethod.com

POE Yoga Westfield

POE 'Hot 26' classes are now in Westfield. A sequence of 26 postures, each posture is held twice and the specific sequence systematically moves fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as nature intended. POE has hired the most experienced teachers in the area to deliver the ultimate experience to their clientele. First class is free! 128 Elm St., 908.264.7995. www.poeyoga.com

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South Moon Under

South Moon Under's Annual Swim Event takes place March 3-27 and features 15% off swimwear and cover ups. New this year, they now sell all two piece swimwear as separates! Additionally, customers can visit the store or online at http://bit.ly/2kvx9qq to enter to win the 'Best Beach Bag Ever' worth over $500! 249 E. Broad St., 908.518.1509. www.southmoonunder.com

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor will be hosting their Friends and Family event from Thursday, March 2 - Monday, March 6. Stop by and enjoy 40% off your purchase (certain exclusions apply) as well as 20% off for signing up for an Ann Taylor credit card. These discounts are only for a limited time so stop by and enjoy some great discounts on all of their new arrivals. They will be also hosting a private shopping event after the store is closed on Monday, March 6 from 8-10pm. Refreshments will be served. Contact the store to RSVP to the after hours event. 167 E. Broad St., 908.232.2393. www.anntaylor.com

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine is gearing up for Spring! Shop new plants, jewelry and gifts at the boutique. Enjoy a one day sale to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, with 20% off all things green (excludes plants and flowers)!  Learn floral design at any of their March classes - call for a schedule and details. 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393. www.shopbluejasmine.com

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Shopping Best Bets for February 2017

 

Athleta

Join Athleta Westfield for many exciting events in February. On February 4th at 8:45am enjoy a Turn It Up Burn It Up workout led by GYMGUYZ Metuchen! Plus, enter to win a pair of high performance Sculptek or Sonar Capris. On February 11, enjoy a Follow Your Heart yoga/spa class with card making activity for mom and her Athleta Girl. After class make a special Valentine together. On Tuesday, February 14 at 9am, join Strong as a Mother Postnatal Fitness. This is a postpartum fitness class focusing on engaging your baby through music and movement while allowing you to get a full body work out. New spring merchandise arrives in the store on February 22. For more information on store events and classes visit their store calendar. 234 E. Broad St., 908.518.7620. www.athleta.com

 

Blue Jasmine

Craft an elegant and romantic gift for your Valentine in three easy steps with Blue Jasmine's Valentine's Day Flower Bar. Choose your style (hand-tied bouquet or an arrangement in a vase), size (ranging from $55 to $100) and color palette (red, pink or pastel). Call today to order your stunning arrangement! You may also visit their friends at Guillotine Salon, The Wolves Den or Kilwins to ask about their special neighborhood partner promotions for Valentine's Day. 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393. www.shopbluejasmine.com 

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