Cheese Tasting

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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.

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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.

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When we got back, Meg got them all ready and the tasting began!

DSC_0118 DSC_0124Here are some of my favorites from the day:

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Brillat-Savarin from Normandy or Burgundy. It’s a little bit like a cream cheese with 73% fat… pretty close to butter and probably why I liked it so much

Le Volcanique- 5 day old goat cheese from Auvergne

Le Volcanique- 5 day old goat cheese from Auvergne

Valençay on the left and Mont Ventoux on the right. The Mont Ventoux had an amazing citrusy note.

Valençay on the left and Mont Ventoux on the right. The Mont Ventoux had an amazing citrusy note.

le drool

le drool

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I was surprised at how much I loved this Roquefort. It had a little bit of a spicy kick that made a lasting impression on me.

BRIN D’AMOUR- A SALTY AND HERBY SHEEP CHEESE FROM CORSICA

BRIN D’AMOUR- A SALTY AND HERBY SHEEP CHEESE FROM CORSICAFotor0608164257

Coulommiers aged for 6-7 weeks

Coulommiers aged for 6-7 weeks

more cheese

more cheese

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We called this young chèvre with fig compote in the middle our dessert. A great way to end our tasting.


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!

 

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