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Super Deal: La Tur $2.99 at Sigona's

RWCFoodie Dec 5, 2007 04:59 PM

You might have paid much, much more for this luscious cheese; I know I have! I couldn't believe it when I looked at Sigona's specials sheet today when I stopped to pick up some Navel oranges (5 lbs for 99 cents).

There it was on the ad sheet: "La Tur $2.99 ea. - (Reg. Price $24.99/lb) Silky and seductive, buttery triple creme cheese, sweet flavor of cream. Made from cow, sheep and goat milk. It's like butter with an attitude...." They are not packed in the usual little plastic cups but the price is definitely right.

For more on the subject, here's a link to an old SF Chronicle article http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

  1. Ruth Lafler Dec 5, 2007 07:10 PM

    Wow. That's a great price on a great cheese. Where's Sigona's?

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      Melanie Wong Dec 5, 2007 07:14 PM

      How was the condition of the La Tur? Very ripe, I hope.

      For your Peninsula connection . . .

      Sigona's Farmers Market
      399 Stanford Shopping Ctr, Palo Alto, CA

      Sigona's Farmers Market
      2345 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        RWCFoodie Dec 6, 2007 09:22 AM

        Thanks for listing the locations Melanie: yes, they appear to be very ripe. T

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          jlafler Dec 6, 2007 02:51 PM

          FYI, 698 Emerson in Palo Alto is Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's office. Her receptionist refused to sell me any cheese, even after I told him I was a constituent.

          However, at 2:00 this afternoon, there was plenty of cheese in the Sigona Market at Stanford Shopping Center. It's very, very ripe, which is probably why they're selling it so cheap -- they have to get rid of it fast. Good for us, though! I bought 5.

          1. re: jlafler
            Melanie Wong Dec 6, 2007 03:01 PM

            That's pretty funny. I flagged the errant entry.

            My bro had called to say that Stanford branch had it. He didn't buy it at the time because he said it was too ripe to carry around with him all day. He'll be back later, hope you left some. Thank you to our Peninsula sibs!

          2. re: Melanie Wong
            peachblossom Dec 6, 2007 03:15 PM

            Sorry to be ignorant but what is a ripe cheese?

            1. re: peachblossom
              Melanie Wong Dec 6, 2007 03:23 PM

              In the case of La Tur, a ripe cheese will be one that has started to soften as it matures. It may still have a dense middle, but will be creamy or maybe runny around the edges next to the bloomy mold. The texture will be more luscious and the flavor more pronounced. Usually they're sold in a less ripe state for non-cheesehounds.

        2. pilinut Dec 5, 2007 10:19 PM

          Wow, that is a good deal! I hope I can get there in time to snag some!

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          1. re: pilinut
            gwarring Dec 6, 2007 09:09 AM

            Can you buy more than 1 at that price? I had been planning on having a few in the frig for the holidays anyway. At that price it would be worth the drive to grab a couple or 4.

            1. re: gwarring
              RWCFoodie Dec 6, 2007 09:29 AM

              They don't seem to have a limit: I bought 3 and there were at least 3 dozen in the display in the cheese case.

            2. re: pilinut
              RWCFoodie Dec 6, 2007 09:28 AM

              Yesterday when I was there they had a lot of them. They came in packed bulk and they had repackaged them rather clumsily in plastic film. The negative to them not being in their usual little plastic bins is that they are getting a bit mangled - they are very soft so must be very ripe. I didn't taste yet so I can't tell you... The other sort of bad thing is that when they repackaged them, they didn't leave the "La Tur" label on them.... I know they are the "real thing" because I saw the bulk package in Styrofoam and they had the original labels on them. They're definitely a bargain!

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              Hunicsz Dec 6, 2007 06:12 PM

              Thank you so much for the heads up! I made my husband (who works in the South Bay) go by and stock up. I'm currently anxiously awaiting his arrival home. Yummm. . .

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              1. re: Hunicsz
                Hunicsz Dec 6, 2007 07:51 PM

                OK, just sampled the cheese (my husband bought 8! I love him!). Yes, the packaging i a little clumsy (ie, the paper thing was half covering the top), but the cheese is in excellent and is just mature enough.

              2. Ruth Lafler Dec 27, 2007 08:09 AM

                My sister reported on Christmas Day that they still had some. Presumably the sale ends at the end of the month, so you might want to restock for NYE.

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                1. re: Ruth Lafler
                  RWCFoodie Jan 3, 2008 08:48 PM

                  We ate our last one the Friday before New Years - it was just on the verge of being too ripe (for our taste anyway...)

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                  arlenemae Nov 15, 2009 09:45 PM

                  Not quite as good a deal as this one, but I just picked up some La Tur at Milk Pail Market in Mountain View for $4.99 for the mini-wheel. Still a monster deal considering this size usually costs around ~$14.

                  Milk Pail Market
                  2585 California St, Mountain View, CA

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                  1. re: arlenemae
                    jlafler Nov 16, 2009 02:38 PM

                    Ooh, thanks for the tip!

                    1. re: jlafler
                      Ruth Lafler Nov 16, 2009 05:15 PM

                      Pick me up some, will you, sis?

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler
                        wolfe Nov 16, 2009 05:24 PM

                        Costco is selling this cheese, similar history, similar packing less than $6, best before 11/25. La Corte described in this blog. Planned tasting tomorrow.

                        1. re: Ruth Lafler
                          jlafler Nov 16, 2009 05:44 PM

                          Oops, I already went. Maybe I'll bring some for Thanksgiving.

                          1. re: jlafler
                            Melanie Wong Nov 16, 2009 05:50 PM

                            How ripe is it? I've already placed an order with my own "Sibling Express", but maybe I need to get more if it's not that mature.

                            eta: Just got a call that the marked down La Tur is in the case near the cash register and has "special" tags on them. Regular price La Tur is in the French cheese section (yes, we know this is a Piemonte cheese).

                            1. re: Melanie Wong
                              skwid Nov 16, 2009 07:23 PM

                              I'd be careful with ripe La Tur as it tends to ammoniate pretty quickly. I know the Pasta Shop stopped carrying it for awhile because of quility problems (cheese was too ripe and would be ammoniated by the time they could sell it).

                              1. re: Melanie Wong
                                jlafler Nov 16, 2009 09:10 PM

                                Very ripe. Runny. The rind did seem very slightly ammoniated.

                                They had some in the regular "French cheese" case at the regular price ($12), and some (only a few) in the "specials" case for $5; presumably that's the stuff they thought was getting too ripe.

                                1. re: jlafler
                                  wolfe Nov 17, 2009 01:08 PM

                                  The La Corte was very good.

                                  1. re: wolfe
                                    Ruth Lafler Nov 17, 2009 03:00 PM

                                    Thanks for the tip -- I'll look for it at Costco.

                                    1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                      Melanie Wong Nov 17, 2009 06:18 PM

                                      The Sibling Express just called me from Costco (sorry, don't know which store) and bought the La Corte, best by date of 12/9.

                                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                                        Ruth Lafler Nov 18, 2009 09:01 AM

                                        I'm going to check the Richmond Costco when I'm out that way on Saturday -- in my experience they have a better selection of gourmet items -- in particular cheeses -- than the San Leandro Costco.

                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                          Melanie Wong Nov 18, 2009 02:28 PM

                                          He was at the Costco in Mtn View.

                                        2. re: Melanie Wong
                                          Melanie Wong Nov 23, 2009 10:09 PM

                                          The 12/9 dated La Corte needs more time, the center is chalky. Still, a decadent spread for the morning's English muffin.

                        2. wolfe Nov 20, 2009 11:49 AM

                          Not as good a deal but $16.99/lb La Tur at Rainbow. Each container about $9.

                          1. Cynsa Nov 21, 2009 04:50 PM

                            In my neighborhood: La Tur $11.99
                            Country Cheese
                            415 Divisadero St
                            (between Fell St & Oak St)
                            San Francisco, CA 94117
                            (415) 621-8130

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