This is in response to another thread where it was getting a bit off track. Someone, and you know who you are (LOL!) made a comment about having to abandon any exotic cheese, only getting RAT cheese here. Now I beg to differ. I could spend hours at Spec's downtown, perusing the cheese selection. And the cheesemonger (is that the right name?) there is very knowledgeable and can direct you to find the perfect cheese to compliment your tastes or dish. They have a cheese and wine sample event, but I'm not sure when. I think it is usually in the fall.
I also like Whole foods cheese selection but it pales in comparison to Spec's. Rice Epicurean is also good but I can never find anyone around to talk to about what I am looking for. I haven't been to Central Market in quite awhile, but I seem to remember that they had a pretty good selection. And it is not just rat cheese at any of these places. The last time I saw rat cheese was in an ethnic grocery store and it was mixed in with the odd selections of meat.
Any other place to recommend?