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Wandering through my often-disappointing local grocery store today, I was sorry to find they were out of grapes and the few remaining onions were sprouting. However, the cheese section was well-stocked with a variety of provolone, which reminded me of something.

When shopping at a Waitrose last month in London, they stocked no provolone at all. My U.S.-based recipe called for some, so I chose a replacement based on texture more than taste. On this side of the ocean, provolone, non-fresh mozzarella, and cheddar are the usual staple cheeses, available in variety even in stores with a good, well-stocked cheese counter. Waitrose was a peculiar grocery store from many angles, and taste in cheese varies substantially from country to country. Was Waitrose's complete lack of provolone symptomatic of the UK or the store?


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Apr. 11th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hrm. Last week in tesco there was mozzarella. It must be a waitrose bizzarity I think.
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
I've seen plenty of mozzarella over there - fresh and dry both. Indeed, as a general rule, I am a far bigger fan of fresh mozzarella than any kind of provolone. But it was the latter I was looking for.

(But Waitrose is bizarre anyways.)
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
I don't think i've ever seen provolone here.
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
Hmm. You know, this is the first time in my life I have wanted to buy provolone - and one of the comparatively few times in my life it wasn't available at the grocery store I went. Just as well I don't need it regularly.
Apr. 18th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
Cool icon, but I was a bit disappointed by _Equilibrium_ even though Sean Bean was cast as the good guy (a rare occurrence).
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
Never seen provalone here and a brief search suggests that you're out of luck finding it in a supermarket. Methinks Italian delis (of which there are many) are probably the way forward, although Borough Market may be able to provide.
Apr. 12th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
The tart turned out nicely with a mild Irish cheddar replacing the provolone, so it was no real loss this time around. Still, one of these days I might have urgent provolone-buying needs in London, so it's good to be prepared. Thanks for the suggestions.
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly sure I've never seen provolone in any of the stores around here, although I can't say I looked at The Cheese Hamlet in Didsbury--they're a little gourmet cheese shop and might have some. London's much more likely to have good delis/cheese shops, though, so you'll probably have more luck there!
Apr. 18th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
I must admit, I've never come across provolone...
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