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May 1, 2012 05:43 PM

Murray's Cheese Shop @ QFC

Is it really different than their regular old cheese department, or did they just change the signs? I was in a rush the last time I was in, so I didn't have time to investigate, but it didn't look like much of a change.

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  1. Jeri L,

    I meant to post about this, and forgot. Thanks for starting the thread.

    I found it to be VERY different. Noticed it right away when I happened to be in Havard Mkt. qFC the day before the 'official' start of Murray's program starting.

    First, the signs. Very clear, short descriptions of cheese, and prominent - readable - prices posted on each sign. I noticed this because the prices themselves were from $3-5 less per pound than I have seen in other stores. Some cheeses, even lower.

    Then, on looking over various cheeses, especially washed-rind and some of the more esoteric blue's, the quality of the cheese looked SO much better. Sometimes, especially in QFC IMHO, I find washed rind cheese in tight packaging, looking all amoniated and old, with rinds that look past thier prime - or, that were simply cut and wrapped too soon, and the gases they give off while still aging are trapped in the plastic and ruin the cheese; they can't breathe.

    None of that was on evidence! I bought several cheeses last week; a nicely-aged slice of Morbier, a slender chunk of Blue D'Auverne which was ripe, but not either dried out or past it's prime. And a perfect ripe piece of Gorgonzola Dolce that was out of this world.

    I am excited for the new Murray's program, and will go out of my way to purchase cheese at this QFC.

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    1. re: gingershelley

      Do they cut it to order??? I can't stand pre-wrapped cheese.

      1. re: val ann c

        There are some whole cheeses on offer, but the cases (as in ALL - so sad - local grocery stores) are filled with pre-wrapped cheese. Tho, the chunks all looked freshly wrapped and none had that aweful "I am a cheese and must breathe - why am I in plastic?" thing going on. Sorry to give the cheeses a voice, which could be considered awkward, but it was the best I can imagine just now:)

        This is cautionary, as again, I had gotten into that particular Murrey'd up QFC just the day before the start of the program (a week ago Tuesday) so of course all were freshly cut and wrapped from perfectly ripe specimens.

        I should have a 'go round there next week, and will report on progress or not, depending on what I find; and hope some other 'hounds visit as well.

    2. Location please?? which QFC are you referring to?

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      1. re: grangie angie

        This is the Harvard Market QFC at the South end of Broadway on Capitol Hill, very near Madison.

        Free parking in garage below for a long shop, or 30 minutes in the roof-top spaces. 2 minutes off of I-5 if not rush hour.

        Curious to hear what other's think of the program.

        I understood from the cheese shop manager that this will be rolled out at other's in the area over time. Local QFC ad on the radio this week was touting the change.....

        1. re: gingershelley

          The U Village QFC has something similar (it was the first of six or seven that they're planning to roll out this year). Although it is certainly better than the previous incarnation of the cheese counter, I admit that I still prefer the selection at the Roosevelt Whole Foods.