Monday, January 11, 2016

Old Amsterdam Cheese Flagship Store

Old Amsterdam cheese flagship store is just as stunning as the cheese. It's a rustic yet modern space that's so inviting. The warmth of the rustic wooden fixtures, the clean lines, and the use of repetition in merchandising the wheels and wedges is Doesn't the store look like a library of cheese? This shop is one my "must visit" cheese destinations.

If you haven't tried Old Amsterdam, you need to. Its flavor is a cross between Parmigiano Reggiano and an aged gouda-- bold, nutty, and smooth.

photography credit: retail design blog
store design: studiomfd

cheeeeese everywhere!

Monday, January 4, 2016


While water crackers are an easy solution for your cheese board, there are many other tastier options  that will enhance your cheese enjoyment. My favorite crackers offer great texture and serve as delicious vehicle that will not overpower your cheese.

Not shown, but also noteworthy are Croccantini flatbread crackers.

raincoast crisps via dean & deluca

Raincoast crisps add enormous texture and are packed with various seeds, fruits and nuts. The hint of sweetness makes for a wonderful contrast with savory cheeses such as chèvre and camembert. 

beecher's crackers via beecher's

Beecher's, the same company who brought you 
Beecher's flagship cheese, has added crackers to their product mix. The hearty cracker is rich and buttery, with a corn-nut taste. Great with a robust gouda or a seriously aged cheddar. 

nut thins via blue diamond almonds

Almond nut-thins are light, crispy, nutty. It's a neutral cracker that allows the cheese to shine. I eat this with tuna, hummus, dips, everything!  And, it's guilt and gluten free!

Friday, December 11, 2015

A Gift for the Beer Lover

This holiday season, give the gift of beer. Because, why not? I have a friend who is a beer connoisseur, and thought this would be the perfect gift. The rustic bottle caddy is a portable party, conveniently affixed with a bottle opener. Throw in a few of your favorite beers/ciders, dress it up with festive ribbon, and you're all set!

bottle caddy available from world market, red and white twill ribbon and hang tag available at paper source, matilda beer and rogue stout sold at bev mo

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Truffle Treasures

How does one pass up a truffle cheese? The alluring aroma, and uniquely deep, earthy flavors of truffle, married with the richness of cheese, awakens my senses and gratifies my taste buds. It's the ultimate in decadence. I like to reserve this type of cheese for gatherings, as I know I can easily eat a whole wedge if left for myself. There are three standout truffle cheeses I am obsessing over as of now: Melkbus Truffle Gouda, Truffle Tremor, and Pecorino Moliterno Al Tartufo. All would fabulous on any cheese board.

Melkbus Truffle Gouda
Stunning raw milk gouda, flecked with black Italian truffles. Its texture is creamy, supple, and the bits truffles add oomph and a textural difference.

Truffle Tremor
I would not have thought that the tartness of goat cheese and earthiness of truffle, would meld so well together, but they do. The flavor of the goat cheese is clean, lightly tangy, allowing the Italian black summer truffles to shine. Truly an elegant cheese that is perfectly balanced.

Pecorino Moliterno Al Tartufo
A bold, raw sheep's milk cheese with veins of truffle paste. The cheese has a piquant. almost spicy flavor, contrasting beautifully with the savory truffles.

photography credit: truffle tremor via fresh direct, truffle gouda via uniekaas, pecorino moliterno al tartufo via igourmet

Monday, November 23, 2015

Gourmandise with Walnuts

When you think of the quintessential holiday cheeses, the cheeses that come to mind are typically Bries, triple crèmes, and aged goat cheeses such as Bucherondin (a log-shaped aged goat's cheese).
These of course are all-stars, but there's one lesser known cheese that I like to bring out that is deserving of a little more attention; that cheese is Gourmandise with Walnuts. It's a spreadable processed cheese that blends Gruyere, Cheddar, and cream with a layer of walnuts. The texture is delicate and smooth, highlighting the bits of crunch in the walnut paste. The contrast of savory and sweet, is ideal for the holiday cheese board. Also, not to mention it's attractive appearance that resembles a slice of layer cake.

Some might dislike the fact it's a processed cheese, but once you have a taste, you'll be wowed.
I love serving this cheese with Bosc pears. When paired together, the end result is something like maple-walnut. I also enjoy serving it with quality strawberry preserves (my fave is from Mountain Fruit Co.) Either way, this cheese is a must try.

styling by me, photography by maki photography

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


It's almost November, the holidays are almost here, and I'm already perusing the web for interesting gifts. I stumbled upon these baguette carriers, which are absolutely genius.. Not only would this make a great gift, you can carry a baguette with ease, while keeping it secure!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Witch Finger and Cotton Candy Grapes

Have I ever mentioned that I love grocery shopping? I love shopping for ingredients and finding unique goodies along the way. I came across these Witch Finger and Cotton Candy grapes and was amazed.

Witch Fingers are sweeter than your typical red grape and are oblong in shape. These grapes would look very attractive on a cheese platter, or even a Halloween themed one.

When I sampled Cotton Candy grapes, I was delighted. I popped it in my mouth, closed my eyes, and couldn't believe how much it tasted like cotton candy! The grapes were candy-sweet and juicy. For a refreshing treat on a hot day, I enjoy them frozen.

Have you discovered any new exciting produce lately?

Side note: Cotton Candy & Witch Finger grapes are sustainably grown and non-GMO.