|Mrs. Quicke's English cheddar and French Fourme d'Ambert from Murray's Cheese|
Calling all cheese lovers. Ever wonder why some cheese is so stinky but still tastes mild and sublime? Or whether any local cheese farms have storefronts in Manhattan? Or just looking for an excuse to eat more cheese? Then the Institute of Culinary Education has a walking tour for you.
|A selection of Consider Bardwell's award-winning cheeses|
As we sampled away, we also learned the basics of types, terrior, storing, and serving methods.
The tour started at venerable Murray's Cheese on Bleecker St., NY's oldest cheese shop, and culinary treasure trove.
Next up was the Abingdon Square farmers market stand of Consider Bardwell, a charmingly named Vermont farm, whose award-winning handmade cheeses work with the seasons.
|Nostalgic Soho institution|
Tiny Joe's Dairy on Sullivan St. was easy to miss until we tasted the handmade fresh mozzarella made before our eyes. Soft, creamy and unforgettable. And a walk back in time.
|Joe's Dairy fresh mozzarella - a tour highlight|
I fell in love with the Nettlesome, flecked with bits of nettle, giving it a slightly pungent taste, and perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches.
|Indulge in a selection of more than 20 cheeses|
A few doors down, our final stop was newcomer Ba'al Cafe + Falafel for its feta and basil flatbread drizzled with olive oil. Delicious!
|Ba'al Cafe's delicious za'atar and feta flatbreads - a steal at $3|