Ahhhhh cheese. The myriad of flavors, textures, and aromas of fine cheeses stand steadfast among the greatest pleasures of life. Not unlike fine wine, the formidable barrier to this world of creamy goodness is often fear of the unknown, and perhaps, just perhaps, a bad experience with an expensive selection that didn’t live up to your expectations—or worse! Which begs the age-old question: which cheese do I choose? Enter, The Cheese Lady, stage left! Simply point yourself in the direction of Traverse City’s West Front Street “Foodie District” and let your fears melt away—like cheddar on toast! From her big gray house with the bright yellow sign, owner Tina Zinn, The Cheese Lady Traverse City and her staff of cheese mongers will guide your taste buds down a journey of discovery as you taste (yes, taste) your way through a selection of over 150 fine cheeses from around the country, and the world. “No remorse” is the secret to the Michigan-born, Cheese Lady franchise: make sure everyone leaves with something they already know they will truly enjoy!
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First made a thousand years ago. The name Ossau-Iraty — a combination of the Ossau Valley in Bearn and the Iraty Mountains in the Basque country — dates only from 1980, when the appellation was established. But the cheese is ancient, traditionally made by shepherds in mountain huts as they worked their way up the mountains with their flocks of sheep in spring and back down in autumn.
The lovely Pyrenees Ossau-Iraty is an AOC, or appellation-controlled, cheese, one of only two AOC sheep’s milk cheeses in France. (The other is Roquefort.)
Fromager d’Affinois (fro-mah-ZHAY dah-fee-NWAH) from France is a brie-style cheese that is unparalleled for it’s creamy paste. Fromager d’Affinois has a pea-pod taste, fresh and smooth and perfect!!! Don’t bake this one!
Serve this brie-style cheese with our favorite Almondina crackers. Delicious.