My Market Cheese shop opinions
Opinions on this cheese shop in Kensington Market? Quality? Selection? Prices? Knowledge level of staff?
For excellent quality, I go to Nancy's Cheese in Harbord Bakery. The selection is small, but the producers she carries are of very high quality, and she sells fabulous artisanal cheeses from Quebec. She is extremely friendly and knowledgeable and will let you sample anything she carries. I know it's not technically in the market but it's still quite close.
Give her a try, you won't be disappointed.
re: Splendid Wine Snob
Thanks for the head-up re Nancy. I'm from Montréal and one thing I do miss is a good selection of Québec cheeses here in Toronto (I expect the mark-up will be rather high - but one can't have everything, I suppose). Harbord Bakery is in my neighbourhood, though I haven't been for a while (must resist those cheese danishes). I assume her boutique is a recent addition? Do you know if she is knowledgeable about cheese/wine pairings?
Her markup is probably not as bad as you think.
Yes, resisting the cheese danishes, chocolate/walnut macaroon cookies and challah is difficult for me as well.
Nancy's Cheese is indeed a fairly recent addition. She's been there for several months now (since the spring if my memory serves me?) Her knowledge of cheese and wine pairings is not the strongest but she's not entirely a novice either. In fact, she's actively pursuing increasing her wine knowledge. The reason I like her is two-fold; she carries excellent product and she is genuinely interested in the needs/knowledge of her clientele.
She's not in everyday (I believe only from Wednesday-Sunday), but you should call ahead to find out.
Nancy's Cheese: 416-922-5767
Of all the cheese shops in Kensington, it's my favorite. I find the quality much better than at most of the other places, the selection is good, prices fair. Knowledge of staff varies, but I've never dealt with a total bonehead there--service is always good.
The best thing about My Market is they give you exactly what you ask for unlike the jerks on Kensington (all the same place BTW tho different names). Ask for half a pound, get a half pound. You'd think that after all those years slicing cheese, the women on Kensington would know what half a pound looks like. They over-cut then ask, "Is almost a pound too much?"
Thanks for the info on My Market, Olivia and cowhound. I've walked by the place I don't know how many times, but given that my experiences at the other places in the market have been good at best, mediocre most often, and bad too frequently, I've passed it by. Perhaps unjustifiably so.