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Disappointed with Fairway Cheese

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Simon | | Feb 23, 2009 01:00 PM

For groceries, i usually alternate between Whole Foods (TW) and Fairway (74th), but recently, i've been so displeased with the cheese i've bought at Fairway that i've decided to stop buying cheese there entirely...

I got some Sicilian pecorino that was rancid tasting: i wondered at first if it was just a variety that i didn't care for, but i'm really into all varieties of pungent, nutty, strong, and otherwise left of center cheeses...but then i saw the various layers of mold (no, it wasn't a cheese that was meant to have mold) hidden under the layers of bunched plastic wrap...what awful quality control...

The manchego i bought last week wasn't rancid or anything, but it was blandest and poorest quality manchego i've ever eaten...it tasted like processed American cheese, something i didn't think was even possible for manchego...

Other cheeses (e.g. some of the Italian sheep's cheeses that i usually love) have also been gummier and lower quality than comparably priced versions at Whole Foods...just about the only cheese i'd feel comfortable buying there now are the fresh goat cheeses like Coach Farm...

Otherwise, i like Fairway a lot (the sliced to order gaspe nova is yummy, the chicken soup is great and not too salty, fresh melon, good dried fruits, mustards, sausages, etc)...

Anyone else have similar experiences?...

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