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Pasadena - cheese

Susan627 Jun 20, 2008 05:37 PM

Visiting Pasadena next month and would like to know if anyone knows where I can get some of the great cheeses we on the east coast hear about, but haven't been able to find!

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  1. Will Owen RE: Susan627 Jun 20, 2008 06:46 PM

    I'm assuming you're talking about native West Coast cheeses, as opposed to European stuff. Pasadena is not exactly a Mother Lode of those things, I'm afraid. Whole Foods would probably be your best bet, and Auntie Em's restaurant over in Eagle Rock (which is worth a trip anyway) has an itty bitty cheese shop attached that sells stuff from the Cowgirl Creamery. Bristol Farms (there's one on Fair Oaks in South Pas) is another good possibility.

    For whatever reason, LA just doesn't DO cheese like SF does, maybe just because so little of it is made in the vicinity. If you were going to the Foggy Legend by the Bay, you could just drop into the Ferry Building and stuff your carry-on with the good stuff in no time, but in the Southland it can be very hard to come by.

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    1. re: Will Owen
      oro3030 RE: Will Owen Jun 20, 2008 07:01 PM

      Those places are all good but Nicole's Gourmet in South Pasadena (easily located next to the Gold Line stop on Mission) carries a really nice cheese selection, a lot of it local.

    2. ipsedixit RE: Susan627 Jun 20, 2008 10:12 PM

      Roma Italian Deli
      918 North Lake Ave
      (626) 797-7748

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        LisaN RE: ipsedixit Jun 20, 2008 10:52 PM

        second this place.

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          oro3030 RE: ipsedixit Jun 23, 2008 05:46 PM

          Roma is great but be prepared for the owner, Rosario. he is a true character and always looking to push something on you.

        2. trolley RE: Susan627 Jun 21, 2008 09:33 AM

          nicole's in s. pasadena is good but i'd take a short trip to Silverlake and head to the Silverlake cheese shop on sunset. if you take the 2 it's about a 10-15 min drive. auntie em's store has a small but a nice selection of cheeses as will owen mentions.

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            trolley RE: trolley Jun 21, 2008 09:41 AM

            one more thought...if you're stuck in pasadena w/out a car, there are several wine bars that serve cheese. there is vertical wine bar, heritage wine bar (this is more like a wine shop that has seats), red, white and bluzz but not sure how much of their cheese is local. they are all in old town pasadena.

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              andytseng RE: trolley Jun 23, 2008 11:32 AM

              Never been, but I think you can throw 750ml in South Pasadena on that list.

            2. re: trolley
              Robert Thornton RE: trolley Jun 22, 2008 03:24 PM

              Agree with trolly. When I lived in Pasadena and really wanted serious cheese, I'd drive to the Silverlake Cheese shop.

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