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Brie cheese?

duckdown | | May 29, 2009 03:06 AM

Greetings, all

I am a "cheese noob" but after a trip to Montreal for a sporting event and staying in an expensive skybox, we were served the most amazing cheese and crackers with our alcohol... and I came to find out it was Brie

So this weekend I had some buddies over for fight night, and I picked up some various cheeses to go on crackers (old standbys like balderson aged cheddars, and so on) but also picked up a $10 wedge of Brie. (I shopped at SOBEYS)

Well, the Brie had somewhat of an ammonia smell to it. Google the two words "brie ammonia" and you'll see this is apparently an incredibly common (and debatable) issue. I will fairly add that even with the odd smell, the cheese was pretty delicious and still got entirely eaten....but I can't help but wonder, based on the results from Google, that I've only tried Brie at its worst... so Brie at its best must be even more amazing

Where can I get some amazing, perfectly ripe brie cheese? "Google" tells me that the ammonia smell means over ripened....but perfectly ripe Brie smells like mushrooms or earth...

So I want to know your favorite brands or places to buy in the GTA are.

I was thinking of hitting up The Cheese Boutique in Etobicoke.... But I always feel completely out of place there, unless I'm shopping for meat... and even then, I make a hasty entrance and exit, lol :)

comments, reccomendations, suggestions... all are welcome.

I look forward to hearing what you have to say