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Oct 14, 2010 05:04 PM

Looking for a few specific cheeses in Vancouver

Hey there, I'm brand new to the board, and I'm looking for some help finding some more unusual cheeses here in Vancouver. Here is a short list of cheeses I would appreciate help finding:

Ricotta Forte
Stinking Bishop
REAL Brie (made from Raw milk)
REAL Camembert (again the kind made from Raw milk)
Port Salut

In addition, if anyone can recommend any really unusual stinky, delicious cheeses, I would be very appreciative. I have stomach problems and I find that eating really strong cheese helps me a great deal. For example, I love Esrom, to the point that a 1 pound brick of it will last 2-3 days. I don't know if it is the bacteria or what, but a really nice stinky and/or strong sharp cheese does wonders for my stomach. By the way, if any cheese lovers out there have not tried esrom, I recommend you run to your nearest Superstore (the only place I know of that carries it) and buy a brick, if you appreciate Port Salut, Limburger, or other stinky washed-rind cheeses, you will not be disappointed.

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  1. You may alreay be aware of these places: Benton Bros and Les Amis du Fromage. I would contact both of them to see if they could help.

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    1. re: Philx

      Les Amis du Fromage and Benton Bros are excellent suggestions.

      I would also add to the list Pane e Formaggio, which has a smaller selection but has some interesting ones. A favourite is the Alpine Gold, which is washed rind cheese which I really enjoy. It comes from Farm House Cheeses in Agassiz.

      1. re: YVRChow

        Saw Stinking Bishop at Meinhardt's awhile ago and was just at Urban Fare and they had a wide selection.

        Me - I go for d'Affinoise from Whole Foods/.

        1. re: repartee

          Tell me about d'Affinoise, please.

          1. re: ck1234

            Oh, ck,

            Once you've had this, you'll never look back.

            It's an unctuous oozing wedge of wonderfulness. Apparently it takes eight weeks to make as opposed to brie's two.

            At 60% fat, it's not your friend but all too often I find myself cozying up to it at Whole Foods (which is the only place I've seen it).

            Good luck and enjoy!

            1. re: repartee

              Thanks repartee. I have written it down for my next visit to Whole Foods from your terrific description of it! Thanks again.

              1. re: repartee

                repartee, I just tried it and I thank you kindly. It was delicious!!! The cheese clerk talked me into buying Croccantini crackers for $7 with it, and I think I would have enjoyed it on a less costly baguette just as much. Costly $17 snack in total, but the cheese was worth every penny of $10 it costed for that little wedge!

      2. I've gotten Taleggio from La Grotta Del Formaggio on Commercial Drive. Also, the Italian place next to Oyama Sausage Co on Granville Island has a strong Italian cheese selection.

        La Grotta Del Formaggio
        1791 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N4A4, CA

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        1. re: JEheartbreak

          Go and talk to Alison at Les Amis. She'll set you up. The cheese there is not cheap but it is always in good condition and they have a great selection, plus everyone on staff is better versed than in many cheese shops. I like La Grotta too, particularly for Italian cheeses, but they have a relatively small choice. Parthenon seems to have the lowest prices (at least on the west side) but again a smaller sample and less knowledge, so it's a good place to go if you already know what you want. They are generous with tastes though, for experimenting. And not surprisingly they have a number of tasty Greek options, kefalograviera being a personal favourite.

          As for uber pungent, have you tried a strong Tilsit yet? Years ago when I worked at Forster's (where Benton's is now) we used to have to close the store when we got the Tilsit shipment in. Unwrapping, cutting and prepping it would render the atmosphere unfit for all but the keenest turophile for at least an hour.

          1. re: grayelf

            turophile (plural turophiles)

            1. a gourmet/connoisseur of cheese

        2. I believe Benton Bros actually has real brie (can't recall if it is Brie de Meaux or Brie de Melun).

          After having about 30-40 different types of cheese over the weekend, I'm a bit cheesed out though...

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          1. re: farman

            Oh farman, I feel so sorry for you, NOT! :-) What were you up to getting to try so many?

            1. re: ck1234

              It was my birthday. For the last number of years, I have a wine and cheese for my birthday. Basically tell people to bring a bottle of wine and a block of cheese or something cheesey.

              If you go back five years ago, most of the cheese would be from Safeway or something, with an Applewood Cheddar being one of the more exotic cheeses. These days, an Applewood Cheddar is definitely one of the more pedestrian cheeses (but I still like it). I try to have people write down the name of the cheese they bring on little cards, and by the end of the evening my counters are pretty much entirely covered with cheeses and all sorts of other yummy things (breads, crackers, cheese pudding, red velvet cheesecake w/ cream cheese icing, cheesecake, apple cheddar crisp, honey, jellies, mustards, pates, cured meats, fruits, etc.).

              At this point, pretty much everyone has indicated it's the largest variety of cheese that they've seen at one place and time to go and freely sample. :)

              1. re: farman

                Nice! Ingenious idea, I might add! I'm jealous. So, what was your favourite cheese? And, Happy Belated too! Sounds like you had a wonderful event.

                1. re: ck1234

                  There was a soft pecorino and this aged gouda (and I normally don't enjoy gouda very much) I really enjoyed. To be honest, I was pretty intoxicated by the end of the evening and didn't do a very good job of tracking what cheeses I like compared to years past.

                  1. re: farman

                    We became goudaphiles (pronounced how-da) in Castricum, Netherlands, after having sliced samples off the enormous wheels. It was also the cheese of choice for the ham and cheese sandwich melts and rigatoni al forno at our favorite places in Landstuhl, Germany.