Thursday, August 4, 2011

Fun in the fromagerie

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When stood on edge, cheese wheels really do look like wheels!

One of my favorite memories from Switzerland--Gruyere!

Welcome to the Shuk Mahane Yehuda store of "BASHER, The King of Cheese."
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The hole-y Swiss Emmental was tagged "special price" but I didn't see how much it cost because I was having too much fun just taking pictures.
And I'm sure all these imported luxury cheeses are beyond my budget anyway.

Cheesemaking is such an art and such hard and satisfying work. (This I know from working a year and a half in the cheese dairy of an Israeli sheep farm.)
That's why I was so excited to see the nearly one thousand kinds of cheese in this fromagerie today!

Their website says that Eli Basher travels every month to Rungis, the famous wholesale food market at the outskirts of Paris, to select the cheeses.
Of course, he has plenty of great Israeli cheese and dairy products too.

The store has just been renovated and now it is very open and even more inviting.
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16 comments:

Joyful said...

I LOVE cheese. Sadly it is so expensive here. I was recently in Amsterdam at a small cheese making place. Oh boy was it ever good!

Hels said...

I lived for 2.5 years in Israel and loved a lot of things. But the thing that I loved most was having a HUGE range of salad, egg, pastry, fish and dairy products to choose from. It was like dying and going to dairy heaven :)

Suzanne said...

Hmmm, the renovation is nice and upscale but I'm not sure I'd like it in the shuk atmosphere. The shuk's helter-skelter movement was what enticed me to shop there. Although, you can never go wrong with cheese. In the top photo the big wheel on the left reminds me of a mandala.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Looks like a delicious place to visit...I'm sure they offer samples if they think you are there to buy. I love the big cheese wheels...they are quite decorative as well as edible.

Petrea Burchard said...

Impressive! I'd best not go in there because I don't think I'd ever get out. Your pictures are wonderful.

Rob and Mandy said...

Shopping in Rungis every month??? His business must go really well, no vrisis for Monsieur le Fromager Basher! Good for him. Now, what do I need for my fondue, let me see...

Kay said...

Growing up in Hawaii, we never ate much cheese, but times have changed and it's very popular now.

Bergson said...

I should not go into such a store: I shall remain to taste everything

cieldequimper said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I bet it smells heavenly too! :-)

VP said...

I love cheese, almost every kind of it, with an obvious preference for Parmigiano and Grana...

London Caller said...

Life is full of difficult decisions!

Daniela@Isreview said...

wow those wheels- nice photos!! Are the two first photos of the wheels taken here at Shuk Mahane Yehuda store of "BASHER, The King of Cheese." or in Switzerland--Gruyere!

cocomino said...

Hello, nice to meet you.I came from London caller's site.
There are many wonderful scenes in this site I have never seen.I'm glad to know about Israel.

JM said...

OMG! I love cheese! :-)

Leif Hagen said...

Yummy Cheese! Pass some cheese is you please!
BTW, I grew up in "America's Dairyland" aka Wisconsin!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

the big cheese