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Snooth User: jescobio

Reliable/Relatively Inexpensive Cheese Delivery Website/Company?

Posted by jescobio, Feb 13.

Hey Guys,

Looking for a new fine cheese delivery company.  Any suggestions.  We usually get a delivery from Amazing Clubs, Chesse of the month club but they have just lost all good selections.  Sorry for sounding so cheesy... 

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Reply by EMark, Feb 20.

Gosh, Jes, it looks like you're not getting any help, here.  I personally have never ordered cheese for delivery.  I am not that knowledgeable, and the local stores have enough variety to keep us happy.  

Actually, the main reason I am commenting here is to push down the post by the ambulance chaser.

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Reply by outthere, Feb 20.

No problem Mark. I booted the post.

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Reply by EMark, Feb 20.

Now if we could just help out Jes.

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Reply by jescobio, Feb 20.

Man...booted...

This post sounded snobby.  Not how I meant it to be I just love a good cheese with my vino...  Thanks Guys.  

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Reply by outthere, Feb 20.

Move to California. Great vino, great cheese. Problem solved!

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Reply by EMark, Feb 21.

No worries, Jes.  I thought it was a reasonable question.  I just can't help you out.  I, and I suspect , a lot of people here enjoy cheese with wine.  Although I have to say, in my case, I only enjoy that combination on days ending in "y."  OT, eliminated the ambulance chaser.  Life is good.

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Reply by napagirl68, Feb 21.

Jes, are you looking for another "cheese of the month" kind of thing, or suggestions of cheese to purchase and have shipped to you?  It looks like you are from SoCal?  There is a great distributor of Spanish foods in Harbor City called La Espanola Meats.  I love their cheeses (as well as charcuterie), and have bought from them via mail order.  The Urgelia is one of my faves.  Here is the web address:

http://www.laespanolameats.com/

Also, the Cheese Shop in Carmel has a cheese of the month club.  I don't belong to this, but I have visited them many times with good experiences:

http://www.thecheeseshopinc.com/ordering/cotmc.htm

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 22.

Okay, I don't know about cheese delivery, unless it involves relief pitcher Dennis Eckersley.  I do know a thing or two about cheese: Gordon Edgar was at my wedding. (So were Michelle Armour and Dana Diluvio, so we had the wine and cheese covered.) But if you want to get cheese from all over, New York is the place to look for wide spread sourcing.  Murray's, Fairway, you just can't beat a place that big.  It's (wait for bad pun) whey big. Sure, Cali, esp Marin County and north, makes it, but the price of, say, a Point Reyes Toma, is pretty high compared to that Euro cheese (like real Piemontese Toma, and the ones you can't get here, like Trappe Echourgnac), so you have to look at the imports and NYC has the diversity.  (Although they still don't have Trappe Echourgnac, at least not that I can find.)

Anyway, Jes, welcome to Snooth.  I'm loving the interesting posts. 

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Reply by gregt, Feb 22.

People really have cheese delivered? Temperatures matter. Don't you have to get everything delivered overnight? 

Fox - I'm missing NYC right now. Looked for cheese all over San Diego and all I could find so far are Tillamook and Kraft and Boar's Head. For blue cheese and the only thing I could come up with was Stella.

Seriously?

That's going from bad to worse. It's like grabbing a Snickers bar and pretending there's chocolate in the room.

Even Trader Joe's private label stuff is starting to be tempting at this point. Who knew? 

At any rate, I wouldn't join a cheese of the month club. That would be like a wine of the month club. You never know what you're getting and you might have someone like that clown who started that fine dining thread making decisions for you.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 22.

Everything goes overnight all over the place these days, with dry ice. Not just my mother's lab samples anymore.  (You'd be shocked at what is legal to ship.) 

GregT, it's a lot more expensive to live in the Bay Area because of the cheese.  I'm sure that's the reason that a two bedroom cottage like mine goes for such big money--we can walk to a couple good cheese counters.

Some of the TJ stuff is fine.  Okay, so a manchego expert like you knows the difference, but I don't.  And there's the Whole Foods thing if you are desperate. At least up here they have good cheese.  Also, time to explore Mexican Queso Fresco and Cotija. 

For them that didn't know, GregT is a recent transplant to the Golden State--time for Emark and lingprof to meet him now that he's in the Southland.  Can any of you put him onto a good place to shop in San Diego?

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Reply by gregt, Feb 23.

Yo D! Love the shirts!

Fox - some of the TJs stuff is pretty good, that's for sure. But they're rather limited. Where to get Époisses or Bosina? I did find the Whole Foods and they're the best so far. The supermarkets are horrible.

The other thing that's amazing is the fish.  Where to get good fresh fish? So much was frozen and/or looks tired.

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Feb 23.

GregT you might have to look into ordering from an LA or OC shop. Maybe the shipping wouldn't be so outrageous, and hey you're awful close now. I work in San Clemente, about 50 miles north.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 23.

San Diego used to be a great fish town.  There's got to be a fancy fish market up toward La Jolla.  If you don't know how to find La Jolla, just look for Mitt Romney's multi level garage. ;-) Probably a good cheese place, too.  Found this one fish place but the website is messed up and it sounds like they are catering to the walk away crab cocktail crowd. Couldn't find any epoisses at this location, but looks like Venissimo has a pretty good selection and (hey, wake up, OP!) THEY SHIP! Except maybe only to San Diego?

 

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Reply by TomGreen, Feb 24.

Richard I ordered several from there and yeah they are quiet nice, but its really hard to find normal shop actually

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Reply by EMark, Feb 24.

GregT is now a Left Coaster?  If I read that correctly, then let me offer my welcome, Greg.

And, apparently he is bringing winter with him.  Mrs. EMark, who spends a lot of time on weather.com (and the USGS earthquake monitoring site), tells me that a major storm is headed this way.  On Saturday they were forecasting 100% chance of rain on Friday.  A 100% chance prediction a week ahead?  I'll believe if if I see it.  This one is a "Pineapple Express."  So, I don't know if it will help the snow pack very much.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 24.

Yes, it's true, EMark.  I've known for a while that Greg was coming out here, but the exact location was a bit of a mystery for a while.  So get yourselves down there and welcome him with some good stinky cheese and some not-stinky fish!  But don't expect him to feel responsible for a change in our weather--a good dousing of rain is nothing compared to what he left behind in NYC.

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Reply by EMark, Feb 24.

I just reread some of the posts above, which I, quite frankly, blew through as I was catching up.

I honestly believe there are precious few places to buy seafood in Southern California.  Unless you go down to a pier yourself and meet a boat, or, better yet, get off that boat with your own catch, there is no place, repeat, no place, to buy fish that has not been frozen.  La Jolla may be ocean-adjacent, but there is no commercial fishing out of there.  If there is a store there that sends people down to San Diego to meet incoming boats, that might be a resource.  However, if you want fresh fish, I would suggest points farther north -- Monterey at the very most southern.

I suspect that people are getting tired of me beating the Costco drum, but that is a very good place to buy seafood.  The wild salmon (not this time of the year) and the wild Ahi (bought some on Friday) are outstanding.  These are not frozen, but you cannot convince me that they haven't been.  We also enjoy the frozen mixed shellfish (I know, not for you, Fox.) combo pack.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 25.

I don't eat pork but not because I keep kosher.  Heck, I'm not even Jewish, just my wife and kids. I just don't like it much, and I think Samuel Jackson was right that a pig is a filthy animal.  I'll save my other reasons for a meat up. 

Shellfish?  Are you kidding?  You know how much we spent on oysters at our wedding?  How many mussels my younger daughter ate in Paris two summers ago? 

Sad that there's no good fish in SoCal.  Used to be they reported the catch out of Newport Harbor's fleet--admittedly, mostly charter boats--in the paper every day. 

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Reply by EMark, Feb 25.

I don't know why I thought you were allergic.  Senior moment, I guess.

I haven't been to Newport Beach in quite a few years.  I know they used to sell fresh catch near the pier, but that was decades ago, no more.  Yes, they do have sport fishing out of Newport--and for that matter at most marinas up and down the state--but I just don't think you can drive down to a fish monger and pick up something that was swimming a few hours ago.  I get my best fish when brother-in-law goes down to Santo Tomas.  I get it frozen, though.  Also, variety and amount are both subject to fortune.

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