St. Lawrence Market: Chris’ Cheesemongers

 

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All we need is cheese. That much is true. Or at least, is all that I need. And when I need it, I make sure I visit Kenny, owner of Chris’ Cheesemongers at St. Lawrence Market, to advice me on the best kind for my cooking or tasting needs.

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I met Kenny and his staff through a Foodie friend of mine who swears by their cheese and their great customer service. Ever since then, I visit them almost once a week. What I take varies from week to week, but I do have my favourites which have become quite familiar in my fridge.

Let’s start with Goat Cheese – Le Tournevent

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I usually buy this goat cheese to accompany my salads, or sprinkle it over avocado or even use it in sandwiches. The taste of this cheese is tangy and soft and its texture tends to be crumbly. I usually scoop it out with a fork over to my salads so that it spreads through the dish, using the fork helps me “grate” it, even though its soft. The cheese’s price is fair, about $4.50 for 150grs, and its a local product from Quebec.

Next, and moving up on the price scale, is my favourite cheese for caprese style salads – Mozzarella di Bufala Campana.

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This cheese has a similar look as the bocconcini cheese, but it tends to be creamier on the inside while keeping its typical harder shell from the mozzarella. As explained by Lenny, one of Kenny’s right hand, this cheese is like burrata wrapped in mozzarella. Dare I say more?

Moving up even more on the price scale, and getting into the artisan cheeses that are worth every penny, I present to you one delicacy that I buy on “special” occasions only, the Pecorino al Tartufo Bianchetto.

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Pecorino is an Italian hard cheese made from sheep’s milk. The Cacio Di Bosco brand adds white truffles to the process, making this cheese a delicious symphony in one’s palate.

From Quebec to Italy and now England, I give you my last indulgence from Chris’ Cheesemongers, the Old English Cheddar.

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Often having an orange-type colour, the English Cheddar is firm in texture, yet mellow in character; it is rich with a tendency to melt in the mouth, and its flavour is full approaching to that of a hazelnut.

 
To find this store and all other reviewed stores from St. Lawrence market, click here. To find Kenny, see map below. Chris’ Cheesemongers is open at regular market hours.
 
Vendor: Chris’ Cheesemongers
Specialty:Cheese
Location: St. Lawrence Market, south Market (upper level)
Reviewed: Goat cheese, Mozzarella di Bufala, Pecorino & English Cheddar

 

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Until next time Foodies!
 
Buen Provecho,
Foodies Inked.

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