Roomano – the ultimate cheese candy

August 28, 2013

Several years ago I fell in love with this tasty treat, and recently returned to Murray’s Cheese shop in NYC for another bite! This delectable treat is aged several years, and has the crunchy crystal bits I love as well as intense sweet/savoury notes. As it is so aged, it travels really well, another bonus for me! So far it has not proven the easiest to find, so when you see it, grab it!

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Cheese on the Highline, New York City

August 22, 2013


An impromptu stop at Terroir at the Porch, a seasonally open spot to grab a quick bite along the Highline with craft beers and local wines, and a view of the Hudson River. The cheese list as well as the beer list seems to change a bit daily, so you could go frequently and have a new experience every time. The cheese was supplied by Murray’s Cheese, one of Manhattan’s absolute best cheese shops. If you are at all into cheese, Murray’s is a must go to stop on your NYC adventures. The High Line is an elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side, a nice respite from the hustle and bustle with great food options. See, good cheese opportunities can be found everywhere!


Wedding Cheese Cake

July 5, 2013

Today was pretty awesome – I got to create and deliver a wedding cake constructed entirely out of cheese.

A lot more thought about what to use for the individual tiers than one would think. I had aromatic considerations, cheese calibre questions, product availability on a tight timeline. etc. My initial design(s) had to change when my specific wish list cheeses did not arrive, and again when the sizing of my backups was not working out. Decorating was a fun, creative challenge, and I think it worked out ok. It was a mad dash to the finish line, and with the muscle power of one charming, handsome customer who helped me lift the behemoth into the cab, it was off for delivery. I delivered the “cake” into a busy kitchen of a nice downtown restaurant, where they were to transfer my creation to a lovely wood board, and arrange the dried fruit, nuts, etc on the new base.

I really hope the bride, groom and all those who got to enjoy it loved it.

Potential side business?

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Queso Fresco – from Newfoundland!

June 11, 2013

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival provides a great opportunity to introduce Canada’s cheesemakers to the public at large. At the recent festival I was introduced to the great team from Five Brothers Artisan Cheese who make cheese out in St. John’s, Newfoundland. They are known throughout St. John’s local food scene, so it’s time for them to get some exposure on a national scale. I enjoyed some of their queso fresco, a perfect summertime cheese.


The Great Canadian Cheese Festival – one week away!

May 25, 2013

I’m really excited to be going to The Great Canadian Cheese Festival next weekend in Picton, Ontario. I will be blogging live from the festival and I hope to meet you there!

As a way to say thanks for tuning in, I’m delighted to provide a promotional code that is created exclusively for use by CurdyGirl fans. Get 25% off tickets for The Great Canadian Cheese Festival by entering the promotional code CF13CURDY before starting your online ticket order at http://cheesefestival13tickets.eventbrite.ca/. This offer is only good on tickets purchased online in advance of the Festival on June 1-2. Visit http://cheesefestival.ca for information on the Festival. Go for the day or make a weekend of it!

The third annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival takes place on the first weekend of June. That’s next week! The Artisan Cheese & Fine Food Fair runs Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. Cheese tours are offered on Friday, May 31.

More than 100 exhibitors and vendors, about 125 different Canadian cheeses to sample and buy, and 3,000+ consumers make the event the biggest cheese show in Canada representing producers from coast to coast. One-third of the participating cheese producers come from Québec. This year, we welcome our first cheesemakers from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Winners of the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix are featured, including the Grand Champion Ricotta.

Thank you for tuning in, I hope to see you there!


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