and i thought i did the macarena on the MDH.
i love cheese, and i take it pretty seriously. there is nothing more rewarding and exciting than discovering a new producer, or stumbling upon a new shop with great selection.
while in Europe we never miss the cheese cart, the unpasterized cheeses are true miracles of nature and we are constantly deprived of it here in the US. some do slip through.
and i make it my mission to seek the illeagals out and boy, do i bring them to justice.
i hope this thread stays alive and i'll be happy to share my sources and matches with all of you. but more than that, now that Martha is not going to be around for awhile, share your experiences and finds with the rest of the crowd.
here is what i bought today:
Pierre Robert triple
Chaubier 1/2 goat 1/2 cow milk
all from Rainbow co-op, the most freaking radical commie shop in the USA, where cashiers are wearing "Stop Aid to Israel" t-shirts and you have to bag your own stuff or else... nevertheless, the cheese counter blooms like the cactus in the desert, the guys are really devoted to their trade and are wiling to an extra mile to accomodate some of the fruitier customers. they carried a funky chocolate colored cheese from Sweden for Volvo mechanic that has a shop nearby, and while the cheese was revolting, i'm sure many appreciated the effort.
i turned them onto soft and fresh goat cheeses and now LaTur and the like are a permanent feature, and sometimes they are actually affordable.
Pierre Robert is a kids cheese, soft, mild, not multi-dimensional, and can be very different depending on its age. it's best at three weeks of age and goes really well with a young Bordeaux.
Cantal is one of the oldest cheeses in the world, its great texture and superb aromatic qualities are a perfect match with Moulin-a-Vent, like Jadot's St.Jacques, for example.( others too, but go find them here)
Chaubier was a newbie for me, i liked the simplicity of it, but did not find it goaty enough, although the texture and creaminess were all there. it will sure please many!
thanks again! look forward to your posts.