Best Yogurt I've Ever Eaten - Sophia's Belmont
Okay I've never been a huge fan of this place. It's just fine for what it is, but almost everything they sell can be bought at Arax etc. AND Arax has literally 1,000 additional amazing items.
Nevermind it used to be kinda dumpy. Though they just did a fairly nice refurb, and have more stuff then they did.
Also their prices are sometimes insane, i.e., 1 Pound box garden variety arborio rice $8. Same box anywhere else is between $2.99 and $6. Have ya been to the supermarket and price compared? I mean really.
For some things they have stuff no one else has. All kinds of barley. Interesting (haven't tried em) "sour Greek pasta" and a few other things.
That said, the other day I was in there and she was serving homemade yogurt out of a fridge in the register area. I asked what it was: "Oh, our homemade sheep and goat milk yogurt, would you like to try?"
Okay, full stop, end of discussion, most amazing yogurt I have ever eaten. Rich and tangy, yet light, fluffy, and fresh at the same time. Sort of like the very finest creme fraiche without quite as much fat. Though I am fairly sure this stuff ain't fat free.
Closer to a fresh cheese, creme fraiche than an "eat it with a spoon" yogurt (though it would certainly be amazing that way.) Not as thick as a thickened yogurt cheese (labneh).
I have been eating it smeared on everything. Heck I'd smear it on myself then lick it off ;-). WAY more flavorful than cream cheese on a bagel.
A remarkable, local, artisanal product. And a fairly big tub (1lb size) was between $3 and $4. One of the most amazing food products I have ever eaten. I WANT SOME now.
Sophia's Greek Pantry
265 Belmont Street
Belmont, MA 02478-3749
I have to try this. I make my own yogourt, and next time I do a batch, I'm getting this to use as starter.
I thought Sophia's yogurt was an open secret -- but apparently it's just a secret! I agree, it's the best thing in the store, and I don't know why they make you request it instead of featuring it prominently. Haven't tried, but I've heard they do frozen yogurt too (not sure if it's all year round or just in hot weather).
I, like Pia, thought this was pretty much an open secret. I've been enjoying her yogurt for at least the past 6 months. I drizzle some honey and a little granola on it and it's the most amazing dish ever. I agree that there is no other yogurt out there like it. It has a tang that Fage and any of the other pre-packaged yogurts do not have --they might be creamy but taste totally bland next to Sophia's. Yes, it is made from goat and sheep's milk, which initially was a bit of a turnoff for me (as I tend to really only like cheeses/milk from cows) but it tastes delicious and that's all that matters. She says it has just 70 calories a cup and is made from 1 or 2% milk, (can't remember which, though I'm leaning toward 2%.) Definitely not full-fat whole milk though, so perhaps not quite as fatty as you might think. And yes, you would think that, b/c it tastes so incredibly creamy.
It really is amazing, and yes, a good deal --approx $3 for a full tub, I usually get 2 per visit and that lasts me about a week and a half, if I'm lucky ;)
I don't buy groceries there but she has the best taramosalata available around here, very good Greek cheeses - which they'll hand grate for you - and some very good dried sausages, including my favorite Lebanyi "hunter" sticks (which I break into pieces and dip in the taramosalata in the car). Her bread prices are also pretty good.
We've been eating the yogurt for ages. When they redid the store to put the counter in the middle, they stopped putting the yogurt in the fridge case in plastic containers and now keep it in vats of a sort at the end of the counter. Just ask for what she has. It blows away the other yogurts around. (Though for price, Costco now carries Fage.)