Is Olive Oil the Best Oil? w/Mike’s Mom Maria

Episode 9 Notes:

Mike’s mom, Maria Farr, is a certified olive oil judge and sensory panelist. With all the recent focus on fats in our diets, we decided to bring her on to help educate us – and you – on a particularly tasty fat.

Our questions went something like this:

  • What does “extra virgin” even mean? (It’s not “first pressing.”)
  • Is olive oil better than other oils?
  • What’s up with flavored oils?
  • How can you tell if an oil is good…or bad.
  • Is it better to buy oil locally (if you can)?

Our ideas start at about 10:23.

Maria starts dropping knowledge starting at around 22:38.

Huge thanks to Maria for being our expert. You can find her on Instagram: @therenaissancekitchen and her blog at

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

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