Just a note... I have decided that I want learn a lot about cheese. My fiance bought me Steve Jenkin's Cheese Primer for Christmas so I am on my way. I have a read a lot and I am learning a ton. I went to Murray's cheese shop in the Village yesterday to check it out and buy some stuff I read about that I found interesting. It was the middle afternoon. I do not speak french and had trouble pronouncing the names of the cheeses although I tried. The guy behind the counter was intimidating and rude. I normally don't feel intimidated. I felt very uncomfortable and rushed. He even rolled his eyes when I decided to continue to browse and then again when I mispronounced a name.
I went to Fairway a few weeks ago with even less knowledge because I hadn't received the book yet. The person behind the counter took a lot of time allowing me to browswe, taste and ask questions. I did not feel the least bit intimidated by my lack of knowledge or experience . And at that time I didn't have the primer yet. If anything I felt encouraged to pursue my cheesehounding. If I can help it I won't be back to Murray's. I know they are known for their gentle counterpeople, but I felt none of that.