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Feb 8, 2010 06:06 PM

Searching for cheese and charcu. in Del Mar

I'm coming into town to stay at Grande Del Mar and need to buy some cheeses and charcuterie to have a little get-together. Ideas on someplace nearby? TIA

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      1. re: daantaat

        3rd! And they seem to do a reasonable job keeping the Fra Mani salumi in stock. Still would like to see better supplies of the Fra Mani Gentile, though.

        1. re: cgfan

          for what its worth, framani salumi are artesinal products that are spotty in supply, which is kind of the norm with any artesinal product. I work at whole foods la jolla, and we order framani consistently because it is good and very popular, but unfortunately sometimes they are out of stock (most often), sometimes orders come in out of date, and sometimes quality is poor. that is the beauty and the curse of small productions--unlike hormel, that ships crap consistently 24/7!

          1. re: doughartyc

            Oh yeah, well aware of their fragile supply chain. Bay Area gets most of their production, leaving little for L.A. and S.D. I've found moisture levels to vary, but the quality always high.

            (I like to further condition his Salumi in home storage by hanging them from the ceiling of a darkened pantry, loosely covered in their original laminate wrap. From the hanging Salumi I continue to consume it until it no longer should lose any more moisture. At this point I just wrap it up and refrigerate it, though towards the end I find it a battle to hang onto any remaining moisture while still allowing it to breathe...)

    1. I 4th or 5th Venissimo, there is one in Belmont Shores that we frequent, they are FANTASTIC! Knowledgeable, several varities and willing to let you taste anything! Their salumi is pretty decent too. :)

      1. Venissimo all the way!
        2710 Via de la Valle Ste B138
        Flower Hill Mall
        It's a short drive (15 min) from the Grande Del Mar.

        1. Thanks for the reccos. Venissimo worked out really well. Indeed a very good selection and they're willing to spend the time to taste and assist. Not that it helped us as travelers, but it's cool that they can record your purchases in the database for future reference. The receipt also gives a description of each cheese.
          The goat chees stuffe piquillos were tasty too.