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What cheese are you eating?

Postby Kish84 » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:37 pm

I'm still new to "good cheese" and, as it pairs greatly with beer, thought it may deserve it's own post. I've had mostly hits so far, with one very bad miss.

The goods:
St. Agur Blue
Old Gouda
Pecorino al Tartufo
Testun Al Barolo (definitely the most expensive cheese I've purchased, this was $10/100g, and had pressed grapes on the outside that are used for Barolo wine)

The bad:
Esrom, this was a Danish cheese that was beyond vile in both aroma and taste. I couldn't even get through a sliver of it. J343MY, myself, and another friend ended up drunkenly throwing this off my balcony a couple weeks ago.

So what cheeses are you all eating, or what can you recommend? (Preferably cheese available in Ontario)
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Postby lister » Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:22 pm

I like the hard cheeses. Beemster XO is one of my favourites. It's a gouda aged for 26 months. Our first introduction to Beemster was a six year old one at Splendido when David Lee was still at the helm. Oh man!

I'm so happy when I'm traveling as I can usually get reasonably priced cheeses compared to here. Thanks Ontario Dairy Board!
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Postby El Pinguino » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:22 am

Nice topic, I have no idea about cheeses, but I will choose a cheese board at various beer bars now and then as they know what they're doing (I'd like to think)
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Postby Bull_Schott » Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:40 pm

St. Agur is definitely one of the best blue cheeses, period. Ossau-iraty is a good cheese, similar to a gouda/Swiss hybrid but that description doesn't do it justice. Highland Chief cheddar with Irish whisky is fantastic as well. I get these from Mickey McGuire's at St. Jacobs market, or Vincenzo's if I have to (seeing as OP is from Kitchener). Niagara Gold is tasty "local" cheese, somewhat dry and nutty.
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Postby Belgian » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:55 am

litser wrote:I'm so happy when I'm traveling as I can usually get reasonably priced cheeses compared to here. Screw you, Ontario Dairy Board!

^ FTFY.

From Lexington CoOpin Buffalo - Piave Vecchio, Old Quebec Unpasteurized Cheddar, Parma Reggiano snd Dubliner Cheddar. Yes the prices can be about half what they are here, so I could have loaded up and saved more.

All seem to go well with Orval. The ritual of cutting and arranging a snack board of cheese to nibble on is enjoyable, and I might also break out some kosher pickles and spicy Italian olives - after all what's wrong with more salt.
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Postby beerstodiscover » Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:37 am

The good:
Pecorino Crotonese
Oka L"Artisan
Balderson aged cheddar

The bad:
Chimay à la Bière

I couldn't resist picking this up to pair with some Chimay beer one evening. It did not go over well with me or any of my friends. Its bitterness/sourness was overwhelming. Also it stunk so bad I had to read online reviews to convince myself it wasn't rotten. I double zip-lock bagged it and it still stunk up my fridge. Admittedly it was my first foray into the world of pungent, soft cheeses.

Chimay Poteaupré
Not as offensive as the above offering. More subdued. I would eat this one again, but it wasn't really my cup of tea.
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Postby Philip1 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:46 am

In the UK last month I had stilton for the first time in about a decade. I've never tried it with beer but I think the combination would work well. My favourite is Gouda Garlic and Herb cheese from the Netherlands but it is the one Gouda I never see anymore.
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Postby Ukie » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:02 pm

Belgian wrote:
litser wrote:I'm so happy when I'm traveling as I can usually get reasonably priced cheeses compared to here. Screw you, Ontario Dairy Board!

^ FTFY.

From Lexington CoOpin Buffalo - Pecorino, Old Quebec Unpasteurized Cheddar, Parma Reggiano snd Dubliner Cheddar. Yes the prices can be about half what they are here, so I could have loaded up and saved more.



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Surprisingly or maybe not, limits to the amount of cheese that can be brought in from the States, can you say "Marketing Board"?

Dairy products (e.g.: cheese, milk, yogurt, butter)
•up to 20 kilograms per person with a value of $20 or less

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/inform ... 8516990#a1
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Postby Bytowner » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:05 pm

My wife and I try to do cheese and chacuterie at least a couple times a month. Standy cheeses are:
Sauvagine
Cendrillon
Beau's Abbey Style

and then throw in a couple others of whatever our cheese lady recommends. Can't say I've ever actually had beer instead of wine for these evenings.

Mario D'Eer did a really great pairing seminar at the Ottawa Food and Wine show last year, wish I could remember everything.
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Postby lister » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:45 pm

Belgian wrote:
litser wrote:I'm so happy when I'm traveling as I can usually get reasonably priced cheeses compared to here. Screw you, Ontario Dairy Board!

^ FTFY.

From Lexington CoOpin Buffalo - Pecorino, Old Quebec Unpasteurized Cheddar, Parma Reggiano snd Dubliner Cheddar. Yes the prices can be about half what they are here, so I could have loaded up and saved more.


I don't tend to bring food back with me. Last time we were in NYC we wandered into a grocery store while killing time. I spotted a stupidly cheap big block of Beemster XO, snatched it up and ate it outside while walking to our destination.

In Italy during our drive through there, we picked up a whack of prosciutto and BIG block of parmesan cheap. It was so ridiculous the price difference.
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Postby Bytowner » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:49 pm

lister wrote:I don't tend to bring food back with me. Last time we were in NYC we wandered into a grocery store while killing time. I spotted a stupidly cheap big block of Beemster XO, snatched it up and ate it outside while walking to our destination.

In Italy during our drive through there, we picked up a whack of prosciutto and BIG block of parmesan cheap. It was so ridiculous the price difference.


Ontario's quality of life would increase tenfold if we had access to $1 balls of mozarella.
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Postby sprague11 » Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:26 pm

Did a small cheese tray tonight with Woodcock farms Cloud nine camambert, old quebec and cabot clothbound.
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Postby Belgian » Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:23 pm

Bytowner wrote:Ontario's quality of life would increase tenfold if we had access to $1 balls of mozarella.

Yeah. If our quality of life was priority then Ontario would be different in a lot of ways.

I'll enjoy my stay in Germany spoiled by a never-ending selection of international cheeses, all the real deal (no junk brands) and so reasonably priced you can just shrug and try a bunch of new ones that look good.
Oh and there's also good-tasting Bordeaux wines and Spanish reds for two or three Euros, I can't explain that one either... endless topic really.
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Postby icemachine » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:18 pm

It's quite easy to explain - Massive public subsidies to farmers.

Here in Canada the effect of various marketing boards and quotas, with high import tariffs on similar products means the farmers earn a similar amount to the European and American farmers, while governments can claim to be fiscally responsible
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Postby nickelass » Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:27 pm

I love Beemster.. one of my favourite by far.
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