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saffronjan's been pining away for good cheese conversations and stormwindz recently asked me about my favorite cheeses. So this post is for both of them.

I'm fond of soft goat's cheese, fresh mozzarella, and blues, not to mention Wensleydale and apricot. La Fromagerie (College and Ossington, Toronto) introduced me to a lovely Quebeçois blue called Benedictin, which I miss. But really, I'm a beginner when it comes to cheese. I only really started thinking about it this past January.

Poll #552268 Cheese

What are your favorite cheeses (or kinds of cheese)?

Recommend me a specific cheese - and why.

Are you a cheese guru?

Living a cheese-free existance

It's spelled existence. If only polls were editable...



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Aug. 15th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
Or if you're realllllly slumming it, cheez whiz on toast. Makes me feel like a kid again. ;D
Aug. 15th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
Some links for you: www.cheese.com and http://www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk/

The latter has a nice little shop quite close to me and has some very nice cheeses in it.

One of the project teams here was once once sent a Christmas present of a bottle of vintage champagne and some stilton. The stilton can only be described as "weapons grade" and needed to be scooped out of its container using crackers or spoon. Most of the office complained for the next two weeks. It is one of the few times that I have balked at even trying a food-substance, primarily because I wasn't sure what would be doing the eating...
Aug. 15th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
samueljl and I host an open house cheese festival each year on December 24 (except for 2004 and 2005, in the best interests of our beloved daughter, Her Preemieness, but OH what a blowout we shall have in 2006 to make up for it). The festival is called Cheesemas, there is always a theme, and we spend a fortune on the most exotic and sumptuous cheeses we can find, but the grand cheese bounty is our gift to all our loved ones -- and it is much more fun to deal with cheese shops than the mall, that time of year.
I too am VERY KEEN on discussing cheeses with you and your friends, it'll make our holiday that much better!
Aug. 15th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
** Eyes light up **
I love the "Cheesemas" idea! I like hosting cheese-tastings, because it's an excuse to go full out, buying several fun cheeses and choosing wines (or ales), fruits, breads, and other goodies to complement them...

I am intrigued by the mention of Yfennig by some of the cheese enthusiasts, and plan to check it out when I have a little coin in my purse.
Aug. 15th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
Cheesefest 2006
I think a cheese festival would be a great idea. We could charge people £100 for three nights, and £30 for camping rights. You could buy t-shirts of your favourite dairy products. At night the extreme cheese tent would open, where the adults would go to experience more intensive cheese related activities.
On top of that it probably wouldn't smell any worse than Glastonbury. Fantastic!
Then again Cheesemas sounds nice enough as it is without any corporate interference, maybe it's not such a hot idea.

Aug. 15th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Cheesefest 2006
Some friends and I, when possible, used to camp out for a huge used book sale in Ithaca, New York. It was a great time, because it combined our shared love of books with a night of hanging out together playing board games, running to a coffee shop in the early morning light for java and hot cider, and a chance to bask in our geekiness (we got to tell people we waited in line overnight for a BOOK SALE!!!). A similar cheese-themed evening would be scads of fun. Well, at least one scad of fun... I'd be all for it!
Aug. 15th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
Cheese = Ambrosia
Here I am with my THIRD comment on this entry alone....

I am most curious to meet the cheese Blackbelt. Actually, all the beginners and journeymen would be fun to meet, too, now that I think of it.

Right now, I have a mini-fridge that is devoted entirely to holding Diet Dr. Pepper and the skeezier among my cheeses: hubby doesn't want them stinkifying any of the other foodstuffs in the house, and I refuse to live without them!
Aug. 15th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Cheese = Ambrosia
Based on self-labelling at this point in poll responses, the Blackbelt lives in Toronto, but none of the Jmen do. Toronto attracts extremes.

Comment away - the post was, in part, motivated by your lack of cheese conversations. If it can help fuel cheese-related conversations, it'll have done its work. (And - bonus - I get a list of exciting cheeses to try out.)

What cheese does Dr. Pepper go well with, I wonder.
Aug. 15th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
I wish I could partisipate in your cheese poll... but I have not had any cheese since I was 6 because of allergies.
Aug. 15th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
You can participate! It's just not very exciting for you - I left a "cheese-free existence" option on the poll. A pity about the allergies.
Aug. 15th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
I would guess that Dr Pepper and chevre would be ok together ... hi back, btw!
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