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Looking for Haloumi!

Foodie149 Jan 11, 2010 09:36 AM

Hey all,

I have wanted to try Haloumi cheese for a while now and don't even know where to begin looking. It is a Mediterranean cheese that has such a high melting temperature that you can grill it, sounds good to me! Any recommendations?


  1. maplesugar Jan 11, 2010 09:47 AM

    Have you tried Superstore? I could swear I've seen it in the deli area - if you're in the NW, the front left side of the Coventry Hills store in front of produce.

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      grayelf Jan 11, 2010 09:55 AM

      I love haloumi and buy it often to snack on straight from the fridge, as it has a very satifsying squeak. Here in Vancouver they usually have it at my local store, the Parthenon, but I am picky about the brand. Try to get one that is actually from the Middle East -- I've tried Canadian versions that just don't have the flavour, squeak or saltiness that I'm looking for. Good luck in your search!

      1. re: maplesugar
        vandan Jan 11, 2010 05:06 PM

        i've bought the pc brand knockoff @ superstore, they call 'haloom', same texture and all, great when pan-fried, only thing is i haven't seen it for awhile, though have not been looking, so might be discontinued which would be real shame

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          vandan Jan 12, 2010 05:40 PM

          was @ ss today and i didi ndeed see the haloom

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        AFoodie1971 Jan 11, 2010 10:21 AM

        Try Springbank Cheese. I have some in my fridge but I bought mine in Greece this summer. Good stuff!

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          Bob Mac Jan 11, 2010 10:49 AM

          I am not sure about Calgary or Vancouver [not sure where you are posting from] but here in Edmonton I have picked it up at Save-On-Foods so Maplesugar may be correct about Superstore.

          Save-On-Foods was suggested to me by the chef/owner of a local Greek [Cypriot] restaurant as I had not had before trying it out there grilled with pita.

          1. howlin Jan 11, 2010 12:20 PM

            sobeys has it all the time

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            1. re: howlin
              Foodie149 Jan 11, 2010 12:49 PM

              Sorry, forgot to specify, I am in Calgary. I will check springbank cheese, I was thinking of it, and sobeys. I'll let you know if I find it!


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              Albertagirl Jan 12, 2010 09:28 PM

              Not sure where you are, but in Calgary, Kalamata Grocery is where you get anything Greek. They have all kinds of Greek cheeses, at least 4 kinds of feta (sold in brine from the barrels) plus olives, olive oils, etc. It all has a high turnover rate. I sometimes just ask for something different, not being well versed in Greek cheese, and they are happy to give samples and recommendations. A couple years ago they tasted Kasseri for me, when I was asking for something melty to go with lamb burgers. Love it and buy it a lot, for lamb burgers, or just for enjoying with anything. They have preserved lemons, roasted peppers, etc.

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                Foodie149 Jan 13, 2010 01:04 PM

                I have never heard of Kalamata Grocery but that sounds right up my alley! Thanks, I am looking forward to checking it out. Do you know specifically if they have Halloumi?

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                  MixedGrill Jan 13, 2010 01:33 PM

                  They sure do. Also in Calgary, The cheese store in the Crossroads Market always carries it. I dislike the generic brands at the larger supermarkets.

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                    Foodie149 Jan 20, 2010 12:20 PM

                    I found it at Springbank cheese co. and it was from Cyprus. It was delicious, so squeaky :P

                    Thanks all.

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                      sarah galvin Jan 21, 2010 01:36 PM

                      I have been pan grilling halloumi recently and absolutely love it. Similar to kaseri Greek. Just a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of dried thyme and, oh my.

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