Yesterday, I went to the Silverlake Cheese Store for the first time. I happened to be visiting friends downtown and they suggested we hit up the Cheese Store. As I had a family dinner to go to later that evening, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to buy a few cheeses and sausage for folks to nibble on while we were waiting for dinner.
Disclaimer: I'm not a cheese afficionado, so I can't remember the exact names of the cheeses I tried. I liked them all though.
Upon entering, I was delighted to smell the funky cheese-shop smell, and after looking around for a few minutes, I approached a young blonde woman to ask for a wedge of brie with fruit chutney in the middle. I wasn't done shopping, but a couple of guys/friends came in who she obviously wanted to speak to, so she left me to visit with them. I didn't mind though as I was still looking over the inventory in the cases.
The woman who helped me initially was still speaking to her friends, so I approached the older, heavy-set man at the counter to inquire about a couple cheeses that interested me. He wasn't very friendly, but I pressed on and asked about a cheese with small brown slivers in it. He said it was truffle cheese, and without saying anything else to describe it or offer any information about it, he said it was very expensive. I simply kept looking at him, and finally, after a few seconds he reluctantly offered to give me a taste. It was quite good, but I was baffled by his demeanor. From there, I asked to taste the young manchego, and a sheep's milk cheese with black pepper. They also had available, samples of a Taleggio, Irish Cheddar, and a jack cheese.
I ended up purchasing wedges of the stuffed brie, young manchego, aged manchego, black pepper sheep's milk cheese, a Rosette sausage, a container of spiced olives from their selection of olives, and crackers. I was happy with my purchases and so was the family later that evening.
The only bummer with the whole place though was the counter man's attitude. After living in Berkeley and frequenting the Cheese Board, I'm used to the fun of sharing the enthusiasm of folks who are into cheese enough to want to make a living selling it. This isn't another one of those posts comparing the Bay Area and LA, and finding that LA is lacking, but the Cheese Board's the only other cheese store I've been to - haven't been to the Beverly Hills Cheese Store yet.
I tried finding the older thread where the Cheese Store was discussed, and found a link, but the page came up blank. I wanted to see what others have said about the Silverlake store. In any event, I may go back, if I'm in the neighborhood, but I definitely won't make any special trips out there.
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