In light of the times, we're eating at home more, it seems (although next stop: The Better Half Recession Special). But yesterday, my husband whirled me into Venissimo even as I tried to hold him back. We were waited on royally; offered tastes of as many cheeses as we dared; given time to press our noses against the display cases and murmur all the pretty names to ourselves-- until finally we walked out with one little Le Chevrot chevre. That beautiful, little stinky wrinkly goaty round transformed our dinner-- and our bargain wine-- into a special occasion. Our own cheese course! What indulgence in these astere times! For $10-15 you too can enjoy excellent service, pleasant shopping, and a cheese that may make you and 3 dear friends forget the election for a few hours.
Venissimo is on Washington Ave in Mission Hills and in Flower Hill Mall in Del Mar. Their website (which does not smell as good as their shop) is www.venissimo.com