Les Amis du Fromage
Posted 20 April 2004 - 01:21 PM
They specialize in cheese and have other stuff like truffles, oils and vinegars.
Right now they are selling off some flavoured Stilton and Cheddar (wax covered) from England. Strawberry, blueberry, port, whiskey are some of the flavours. These were going for 3 for $5, quite a deal. These are good for a few months in your fridge.
They also have various cheddars from England also 3 for $5 (vacuum packed triangle.) The expiry date is May/June/July 04. Freezing is not suggested.
I also bought an herb and a pepper cheese for spreading on crackers for half price ($2 each.)
I think it's an economical way to try something new (instead of Kraft) and I understand the blueberry flavoured cheese is to die for as my friend had tried it.
I'm not a fan of strong cheese but they are certainly delicious for cooking.
This beats buying processed cheese as the price is comparable and quality is much superior.
If you have change left, try out Patissiere LeBeau next door. An excellent Belgium baker...unfortunately they are closed Monday and Tuesday.
Posted 20 April 2004 - 01:49 PM
Click here for their web site.
Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:31 PM
As for the Pattiserie Le Beau their Pate sandwich was excellent. Both are worth the effort. Bring change for parking meter.
"I'm no friggin genius". Rob Dibble
Posted 20 April 2004 - 11:38 PM
An associate of mine lives in the same (quite tony) building and the Strata Council had a devil of a time rerouting the air ducts to stop the smell from the cheese shop from infiltrating the lobby, being sucked up the elevator shaft and blanketing the whole place.
Posted 21 April 2004 - 12:11 PM
My personal favourite is the cave-aged gruyere. It's almost like a parmesan complete with sugar crystallization it's so old.
Posted 21 April 2004 - 09:35 PM
Posted 22 April 2004 - 01:33 PM
I'm eating a mild-cheddar from England that I got from the sale. It is soooo good!
For a mild cheddar it is packed with so much more flavour than Kraft. I toasted it on a multi-grain rye bread which I got from a little bakery on 41st and Boulevard (Kerrisdale, next to the liquor store.) They've got one of the best rye.
Hope you got to take advantage of their sale before it's all gone. I agree, the staff is extremely helpful.
What other cheese have you tried (that's not stronger than Stilton) that you can suggest?
Posted 23 April 2004 - 12:25 PM
however, if you like creamy brie, i believe i've tried drinkingchef's vacherin mont d'or or "runaway brie" as my cheese cohorts like to call it. it truly does ooze out all over the place when at room temp. and drinkingchef's assessment is correct: it's brilliant!
Posted 23 April 2004 - 02:57 PM
Ha! I know all about that smell! Try living over a butcher shop sometime! Or spending 4 summers working at a seafood shop!
While the variety of cheese appeals to many the smell does not.
Seriously though, unless you're prepared, walking into this jewel of a shop can feel a little like a kick in the chest ...
Then again ... I do like a bit of stinky cheese ... a pungent ghastly piece of stinky cheese!
Posted 23 April 2004 - 04:42 PM
Are you a gnome by any chance?