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Really excellent buffalo mozzarella in Vancouver?

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MikalaT Jun 12, 2009 06:45 AM

Hello all,
Just returned from London, where I used to live, and was reminded at how plentiful and amazing the buffalo mozzarella can be. Really unctuous, all squishy and soft and creamy and fabulous. Hell, even the local Pret A Manger sandwich chain makes an amazing mozzarella and pesto bloomer sandwich. Yum.

We have yet to find such a thing in Van - most seem to still be rather hardened balls, though and though they are claimed to be buffalo, they're typically totally expensive, tiny golf balls of cheese. Can anyone recommend where we can find a decent blob of mozz? I live Commercial Drive area and yes, I've tried that cheese shop on the Drive, but the mozz we had from there wasn't overwhelming.

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  1. fmed RE: MikalaT Jun 12, 2009 07:29 AM

    I would try Les Amis.

    Try any one of these places for locally produced Natural Pastures:
    http://www.naturalpastures.com/retail...

    You can also try Mount Pleasant Cheese.

    The one I usually buy for pizza is Bella Casara which is from Ontario, I believe (is that the brand you puchased at La Grotta?)

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      fmed RE: fmed Jun 12, 2009 08:32 AM

      Adding links (including au petit chavignol)

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      Les Amis Du Fromage
      1752 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J, CA

      Mount Pleasant Cheese
      3432 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z, CA

      au petit chavignol
      845 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

      Bosa Foods
      1465 Kootenay St, Vancouver, BC V5K, CA

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        MikalaT RE: fmed Jun 12, 2009 10:53 AM

        As usual fmed, you are my hero. :) Thanks.

    2. tdeane RE: MikalaT Jun 12, 2009 11:08 AM

      I don't think it's possible to buy great mozzarella di bufala from Italy in Vancouver. it's all previously frozen. If you want great fresh mozzarella or fior di latte, go to Scardillo cheese in Burnaby. You can buy directly from them and if you go on a Monday, you can buy the cheese made that morning. Fior di latte that fresh will beat frozen mozzarella di bufala or fior di latte from Ontario anytime.

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        fmed RE: tdeane Jun 12, 2009 03:12 PM

        That's a great tip on Scardillo. I'll have to check them out one Monday morning.

        tdeane, would Ontario mozzarella have been shipped frozen if they are sold in tubs full of water? (Prehaps repackaged here?)

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          grayelf RE: fmed Jun 12, 2009 03:49 PM

          Market Meats on 4th had mozzarella di bufala last summer from Italy that I believe was fresh. It was freakishly expensive, that's for sure...

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          Market Meats Kitsilano
          2326 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K, CA

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            tdeane RE: grayelf Jun 13, 2009 09:14 PM

            The best mozzarella di bufala from Italy is always shipped frozen. It's frozen in a special way to try and keep it fresh. The stuff not frozen is usually not worth using, imo. I would rather use very fresh fior di latte than fozen or not frozen mozzarella di bufala that's past it's prime.

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            tdeane RE: fmed Jun 13, 2009 09:07 PM

            I don't think so. They are shipped in water in buckets. The problem with mozzarella from Ontario is that fresh mozza degrades very quickly and should be used in the first few days after being made. Within one to two days is best.

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              MikalaT RE: fmed Jul 10, 2009 12:33 PM

              Absolutely, great tip on Scardillo. I'll have to check that out, and thanks for all recos, everyone!

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              jchaput RE: tdeane Jun 13, 2009 01:29 AM

              I've never heard that all buffalo mozzin from italy in vancouver is frozen. where did you hear that? buffalo mozza and burrata are flown in from italy every few weeks. that is why it is so expensive.

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              turbot66 RE: MikalaT Aug 21, 2009 05:13 PM

              Bosa Foods carries Fairburn Farm Buffalo Mozzarella (from Duncan on the Island) - it's expensive, but probably the best, fresh buffalo mozzarella in the city

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                fmed RE: turbot66 Aug 21, 2009 09:13 PM

                Agreed. It is marketed by Natural Pastures.http://www.naturalpastures.com/mozzad...

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                Chardonnay RE: MikalaT Mar 15, 2010 09:06 PM

                I know this is way out of date but this popped up when I was searching something. The best Buffalo Mozzarella is the real one from Italy. It's flown in weekly from Italy to La Grotta Del Formaggio at 1791 Commercial Drive on Commercial Drive. Large balls of white cheese packaged individually for about $16. Expensive but it will make 4 nice appetizers. It’s amazing and no other mozzarella comes near it. As far as I know the only restaurant in Vancouver willing to pay that much for the real thing is La Terrazza. I have been in many restaurants who say they are serving Buffalo Mozzarella but they are not, they are serving a tasteless white mozzarella, probably cow milk. I have also tasted the Fairburn Farms, it’s good but doesn’t hold a candle to the real thing. You have to call ahead and make sure it’s there and sometimes even special order it. Always ask for the one that la Terrazza serves as it’s the highest-grade. Note, production slows right down in the winter so it’s not as readily available, especially in January and February.

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                  gourmet wife RE: Chardonnay Mar 17, 2010 10:40 AM

                  Surprisingly the best buffalo mozza I've had was also at La Terraza. Other high end restaurants haven't come close to it. There was another place years anad years ago but it's now a park.

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                    julesincoq RE: Chardonnay Mar 19, 2010 02:12 PM

                    Ive never had buffalo mozza so now you have to tell me your fav way to eat it. I'll go get some but I don't want to spoil it by putting it in the wrong recipe. I would just use it on my pizza or a tomato salad.

                    ....and here is the stupid part.... is it really that dif from just using bocconcini? Go ahead gasp at my ignorance....

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                      fmed RE: julesincoq Mar 19, 2010 03:18 PM

                      Originally, bocconcini were fresh buffalo mozz shaped into small golfballs then packed in whey. Nowadays, it can be made with cow and buffalo milk. There is a pretty good rundown here:
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/386419

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                    MommyMago RE: MikalaT Jun 2, 2011 10:18 PM

                    there is also a Bosa foods closer to the drive, on Victoria about 3 blocks south of Hastings. It is hidden away in a mostly residential area, the store is small, but they have an amazing assortment of yummy things, icluding the cheese you seek.

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                      Chardonnay RE: MikalaT Jun 2, 2011 10:35 PM

                      There is no better place to buy real Italian Buffalo Milk Mozzarella than Le Grotto on commercial drive. They bring it in from Italy and it’s not cheap. I think I pay about $16 a large ball but it’s so worth it plus it’s so rich that one ball can do an appetizer salad for four. And there is no better restaurant to order it then La Terrazza in Yaletown. The amount of times I have ordered it in other restaurants, assured that it’s “real buffalo mozzarella” only to find they are serving rubbery balls of mozzarella, or been told that the local buffalo mozzarella is just as good (doesn’t even come close! La Terrazza is the only restaurant I have found that serves it. Just go into their lounge, order a glass of wine and the buffalo mozzarella salad, you will love it! (Ps they also have the best Bolognese in own, get a salad and a ½ order, sit by the fireplace in the lounge, it’s perfect.

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                      La Terrazza
                      1088 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6J5, CA

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