If you haven’t made The Village Cheesemonger a part of your weekly food shopping routine, you really should. We are very fortunate to have such a world-class cheese shop smack-dab in our neighbourhood and it seems that others feel the same way. Business is booming!
I stopped in to the shop yesterday evening to see what would tempt me. I discovered that most of the store would. I started at the charcuterie fridge and found myself staring at a wall of beautiful looking rillettes, prosciutto, salami, smoked kolbasa and much more. I decided to try a salami and the smoked kolbasa on this particular visit.
Next, I went directly for the burrata. Have you tried burrata before? If not you really must! It’s fresh mozzarella stuffed with cream. It’s kind of like the cheese version of molten chocolate cake. You crack open the fresh mild cheese exterior and are met with a silky smooth creamy centre. How can you go wrong with this, some fresh tomato, some good olive oil and a pinch of salt?
I also purchased a couple of really interesting cheeses that I have not seen anywhere else. The first was a piece of Koko’s Gouda which is an interesting Dutch Gouda made with cow’s milk and coconut cream. What an interesting and addictive flavour that cheese has! Totally unlike anything I had tried before.
The other piece was a Merlot-washed Asiago which has a beautiful balance of sweet with sharpness and a great texture. My final purchase for this trip was a piece of Grey Owl goat’s cheese from Quebec. This goat’s cheese is rich, creamy and has an edible vegetal ash rind that contrasts beautifully with the interior.
Next time you are out-and-about you really should pop in for a visit. It is even worthy of a special trip. David and Michael will take great care of you!