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auberginegal Aug 14, 2006 06:28 PM

I ate this cheese a lot while I was in France. It was by no means 'high end' since it was a packaged goods cheese available in supermarkets. Has anyone seen it available here in the GTA?

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    phoenikia RE: auberginegal Aug 14, 2006 10:05 PM

    I've bought it at Costco several times over the last 6 months...

    1. Kagemusha RE: auberginegal Aug 14, 2006 10:09 PM

      Yup. me too. Costco(at least mine in Mississauga) has a surprisngly nice cheese selection at bargain prices.Who needs the boutiques?

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        Nyleve RE: auberginegal Aug 15, 2006 12:38 AM

        Tell me about this cheese. I've seen it at Costco and elsewhere and haven't bought it. What kind of cheese is it?

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          phoenikia RE: Nyleve Aug 15, 2006 12:46 AM

          It's a mild, soft cheese with a white rind. It's quite similar to Brie and Camembert.

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          auberginegal RE: auberginegal Aug 15, 2006 05:20 PM

          thanks! i was beginning to lose hope, but i knew chowhounds would be a good place to ask :) hopefully they will have it at the markham costco *cross fingers*

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            woodb RE: auberginegal Aug 16, 2006 08:39 AM

            In response to who needs the boutiques. I get concerned when I hear comments like this. Yes costco carries a decent selection of cheese, do they though support small artisanal cheese producers. And if you love food would you not rather go into a store where people have actually taken care of the product and can answer questions about it? We need small shops where people know you and your likes and dislikes and where you ca find all those hidden treasures that make life an ongoing adventure.
            Bruce

            1. Kagemusha RE: auberginegal Aug 16, 2006 05:21 PM

              The fact that Costco carries the cheese in question puts a big dent in your argument for supporting boutiques. It's obviously NOT an artisanal product, nor are many cheeses(Reggiano for one)that are produced for mass consumption. If I can get it fresh for 25%-30% less--sometimes even less--at Costco, then the boutique loses. Sorry!

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                TwinklyTerrapin RE: Kagemusha Aug 16, 2006 05:58 PM

                You're talking chalk and cheese when you're talking about mass-market cheeses and artisanal cheeses. No-one suggested that the OP should buy her cheese at a boutique, and you were the one who made the claim that there was no longer a need for stores that sell artisanal cheese. If you're happy with mass-consumption cheeses, that's fine, and Costco is obviously the place to get those kind of cheeses..."Chacun à son goût" as an artisanal cheese-maker might say.

                However, the fact the Costco carries French cheese does not in any way negate what boutiques do, nor does it put a big dent in Bruce's support for boutiques. If you don't like artisanal cheese then, obviously, you don't need cheese boutiques; those of us who prefer to support stores where people know their product and care about bringing in an unusual, high-quality selection, well, we're the ones who do need the boutiques.

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                  Nyleve RE: TwinklyTerrapin Aug 16, 2006 08:58 PM

                  I believe there's room in this world for both. If I'm looking for a big hunk of decent Parmesan that I can buy at Costco for a good price, that's where I'll buy it. But if I want to put together an interesting cheese course or I'm in the mood for something squishy and funky and unusual, I'll go to a real cheese store. It's not an either/thing.

              2. Kagemusha RE: auberginegal Aug 16, 2006 11:10 PM

                But boutiques no longer have a lock on "high quality" or "unusual" as these products find wider markets and makers look for better profits. Anything "imported" obviously needs an "importer" who is in business to make money through volume--a problem for genuine artisanal production. My only point is that the boutiques trade on illusory scarcity and outright snob appeal--and little more. Nor am I convinced what I've bought was in peak condition. Maybe you have a licence to print money--I don't.

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                  Nyleve RE: Kagemusha Aug 17, 2006 02:39 PM

                  Like anything else you buy, you should know your retailer. Yes, I have bought cheese which turned out to be in less than ideal condition from a small independent cheese shop . If it happened twice, I'd probably not shop there again. But I also know cheese shops where you can get good advice, an excellent product and pay a fair price.

                  I personally don't know a single person in retail who has, as you've put it, a license to print money. It's a difficult business and tough to make a buck. Food, in particular, is a horrible thing to try to sell without losing your shirt. Anyone who can do it well and retain a loyal customer base has my utmost respect.

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