A little over a week ago, our local paper ran a story about an imported French Camembert. You might enjoy reading it, but here's the gist: The U.S. forbids imported raw-milk cheeses less than 60 days old. Camembert does not have a 60-day shelf life. Pasteurized Camemberts aren't very good.
So, cheese affineur Hervé Mons persuaded a French producer to step up to the cheese plate and knock one out of the park. And the resulting (pasteurized) Camembert is only available (in this country) at Whole Foods.
Cranky went to Whole Foods three times, and each time, the Camembert was sold out. I mean, deliveries came in, and customers simply scarfed them up.
Finally, after leaving his name with the cheese department, Cranky scored a box (it comes in a cute, flimsy wooden box). We let it sit in the fridge, double wrapped (because it's STANKY) for a couple of days, and finally succumbed to it today.
It could have been riper. It still has about a month left of viability. But the flavor was insane. It will probably only get better.
Do you want to try this cheese?
Only if you like the taste of gymnasium. Halothane. Feet. Neck-snapping swamp funk.
Ohgod, it was good.
OK, here's the funny upshot. The story in the Chronicle caused such a stampede that Hervé Mons flew to the Bay Area for a visit to Whole Foods. Or maybe he was already planning to visit, but such a coincidence.
Yup, a vice president of Whole Foods (they have a lot) lives in my town — I think — and he escorted M. Mons through the store for a cameo appearance.
I really hope nobody took his picture and said, "Say cheese."