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Mmmmm Cheese

rbc Jan 23, 2008 09:40 AM

I just rediscovered my affinity for cheese. On Monday. I tried a little place on Yonge north of Briar Hill (whose name escapes me - help!)... I'm looking for other places in the north-central part of the city with great cheese. Yes, I'll go to Loblaws, which has a fair selection, but a place with a little more guidance is definitely worth the trip.


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    Blaupunkt RE: rbc Jan 23, 2008 09:49 AM

    The guys at Whole Foods have always been very helpfull. Great selection too.

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      torontofoodiegirl RE: Blaupunkt Jan 25, 2008 12:02 PM

      I've had the opposite experience at Whole Foods. I find that often their pre-cut cheeses are over-ripe, dried out and funky and their staff (while very friendly) don't really seem to know a lot about the products. Eg. I recently asked about a Quebec cheese (the name of which escapes me) and the sales clerk described it as a mild and creamy cheese. I bought it, and it turned out to be an extremely pungent cheese (I do like pungent cheeses, mind you, but it was totally different than what I thought I was getting).

      rbc, I think the shop you referred to is Alex Farms, which also has a great shop on Bayview, south of Eglinton (and many other locations throughout the city). In that neighbourhood, there's also a shop on the southeast corner of Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton (Cheese Emporium??) though I've never had occasion to try it. Pusateri's has a nice selection (and I find the cheeses to be in better condition than those at Whole Foods), but you won't get much help from the staff.

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        JamieK RE: torontofoodiegirl Jan 25, 2008 01:54 PM

        Alex Farm also has a location below the Manulife Centre that has that whole section of the mall redolent of the aroma of stinky socks. You can smell it from quite some distance, quite amusing to see people sniffing and looking around trying to figure it out.

    2. JamieK RE: rbc Jan 23, 2008 10:00 AM

      I'm a cheese fiend too. You'll find a quite a few good suggestions and comments on this recent thread -

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        Sadistick RE: rbc Jan 24, 2008 08:24 AM

        Dont bother with whole foods - overpriced overpriced overpriced!!!

        Go to Kensington market and head to Global Cheese - They have sooo many types of cheeses and let you taste everything before you buy.

        Great prices too, sometimes you can get a deal amazing deals (got a half a wheel of amazing french brie for $6 last time)

        1. pescatarian RE: rbc Jan 24, 2008 08:37 AM

          I had a great experience at Alex Farms on the Danforth recently. They have a location on Bayview, south of Eglinton also.

          Here's my recent thread which may help also: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/476091

          All the cheeses were delicious, but the 5 Year Old Aged Gouda was the hit of the party - absolutely delicious.

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            gimel RE: pescatarian Jan 24, 2008 09:52 AM

            There's a brand-new Cheese Emporium at Avenue Rd & Melrose (north of Lawrence) - so far we've been happy with their products.

          2. legourmettv RE: rbc Jan 24, 2008 10:29 AM

            Do you mean 'About Cheese' part of Provincial Fine Foods? The guys there are great.

            1. Jason JustRight RE: rbc Jan 24, 2008 10:37 AM

              Cheese Emporium at Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton - They had a 12 yr old last time I was there that melted in my mouth

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