Every time I walk by a fromagerie, my nose immediately scrunches up and I step onto the other side of the street. Fish sauce or durian, I can take. But because I’m in Paris (and will probably spend chunks of my life here,) I wanted to get to know my cheeses better, so I signed up for a cheese tasting tour with Paris by Mouth. Here are some pictures from the day.
At 3:30 pm on a Sunday, our cheese expert, Meg, met us in front of a Japanese knife shop in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris. She took us to the back of the knife shop where there was a beautiful, wooden, U-shaped table that was set and ready for us. But before we started tasting anything, Meg wanted to show us a few fromageries for us to get a chance to pick other cheeses to try.
When we got back, Meg got them all ready and the tasting began!
More that 20 cheeses and 4 hours later, I can confidently say that I know a thing or two about French cheese. I learned that there are more varieties than I could imagine, and that tasting cheese is similar to tasting wine: you can taste different notes like herbs, spices, flowers, fruits or dirt- which I also learned is influenced by what the animals eat. From here on, I’m ready to befriend my fromager and eat a lot more cheese.
If you are visiting Paris, I would strongly recommend signing up for a tour with Paris by Mouth. Check out their website here!