Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cheesy farewell to Toronto

I was thinking it would be nice to take some Eastern cheeses back west with me, and when I asked about cheese shops, Sandra suggested Nancy's Cheese on Dupont at Spadina. I duly sweltered along there in the late morning heat of departure day, and was able to take a good long look at the current offerings while Nancy set up an order for someone's cheese tasting party.

I was pleased to see the cheese selection was relatively modest

- decision-making is hard enough - and Nancy

was generous with the samples and her knowledge.

It was mostly Ontario and Quebec cheese - just what I was after - plus a few well-chosen foreigners (Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gruyère, Brie de Meaux (raw milk brie), Aged Beemster).

Here's some Bleu Bénédictin

which I didn't buy, but I came away with a good and interesting selection:

Bleu D’Elizabeth (Quebec); Avonlea Cloth Bound Cheddar (PEI); Le 1608 (Quebec); Île-aux-Grues 2 Year Old Cheddar (Quebec); Cape Vessey (Ontario - washed-rind aged goat cheese which I encountered at its orgins in Picton County last year); Paradiso (Ontario - sheep's milk cheese).

I like the informative labels and look forward to sharing...



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