Just back from a fruitless 32-km tour of cheese shops in Toronto in search of Vacherin Mont D'Or . . . and reminded in the process of my growing despair at the inconsistent quality of cheese provisoning (also some truly insulting pricing!) in the city. Advice, anyone please?
Have always been a fan of Scheffler's in SLM for everyday purchases: selection is generally pretty good and I like the fact that they tell you not to buy a cheese that is not yet ripe (though would be better that they didn't display it in the first place). Prices are mostly within reason. And there is no beating Cheese Boutique for speciality items at perfect readiness if you have taken that second mortgage on your house or it's a really special occasion.
But is there a great cheesemonger in Toronto that offers a diverse selection of local and imported cheeses at a reasonable mark-up who really knows how to keep cheese properly and sell it at the proper ripeness?
Am off Whole Foods since the $24.00-Rochetta went mouldy within 48 hours and the "ready-to-eat" Epoisse was like plasticine. Leslieville Cheese market is okay for what it is, but selection is too small for an interesting cheese tray, and supply inconsistent. Alex Farm Shops are off my list--up and down and all over the place: supply erratic and unreliable, delicate cheese kept under the counter in airtight plastic wrap . . . and so on.
Please share your great cheese provisioner tips!