For my significant others' birthday next month I would like to give him an experience to remember. He is not an adventurous eater and has some serious allergies (all seafood) so several of my original ideas are out. However he does love cheese and I've been pleasantly surprised by his palette and interest in it from what I've exposed him to thus far.
I would like to take him to a cheese shop, and while I know the cheese mongers will be quite helpful in their suggestions I just wanted to run it by you guys first and see if you can recommend a few things that I should ask for or "not miss out on"
There are several local cheeses too that I'm sure they can recommend, we're in ontario so thunder gouda I heard is good as well as many Quebec cheeses. Other than that feel free to suggest anything that I can look into. My price range would be between $100-$150 and I'd like to pick up a bit of a variety.
He does not like blues, spicey or heat.
Cheddars and brie are good, mimolette is one of his favourites, he prefers the parts farthest from the rind as he says it tastes stronger near the rind.
He doesn't like soft milky cheeses like ricottas, buffalo mozarella (I know!) and fetas.
Feel free to recommend any good pairings with the cheese as I could probably pick that up too from the same store except for wine. Like fruit or compotes, jelly's ..etc.
Anything will be helpful, I hope it will be a fun experience.