Originally published in our original start up blog in 2013
We have been very blessed to travel and discover some incredible places around the world. Daz being an Aussie and Gemma taking two year off (and never returning) to her corporate life in London has meant that in turn, Open Air Foods has discovered some fantastic places to savour cheese. We cannot leave the MD out either - Mr Ian Holden. He may not have visited as many countries but he has unearthed and brought back some fab cheeses from France particularly in the Poitou-Charentes region.
We have profiled a small selection of our favourite places to purchase cheese. Throughout the year, we will continue to bring you our very best unearthed cheese discoveries from across the globe with a particular emphasis on our own personal visits and experiences.
Epicure, Miami, USA
- Epicure Cheese Copyright Bob Galivan www.examiner.com
Founded in 1945, Epicure has carved a name out for itself with two stores that sell an array of goodies, one of which being stuck in the middle of an area where calories are usually counted and saturated fat is viewed with disdain. To their credit, the staff really know what they are doing and they offer a solid, good range of US and European cheeses all displayed beautifully and packaged carefully.
A good place to visit if you like big spaces, big hair, tiny derrieres and high prices. This is Miami after all.....
La Fermette, 86 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris (no website)
- Copyright www.weekendnotes.com
This cheese shop may not be 'ze' best in Paris but it is certainly one of the more friendlier and welcoming spaces to look, taste and discover beautiful French cheeses. Located near to a friend's apartment in the city, Gems & Daz have frequented this place over the past 10 years and it never falters on quality with cheese matured to perfection. A particularly good selection of goat cheeses from the Loire (one of Gemma's favourite cheesemaking regions) makes this a particular good place to seek out. It also has a couple of nearby bars where one can sit down with an apertif and people watch for hours....
A great spot if you are after small scale production french cheese (come on, we are in Paris after all. The likelihood of seeing a British Stilton or Cheddar is nil) and are not afraid of speaking in the lingo.
Get Stuffed, Capetown, South Africa
With a fertile land and world renowed wines, South Africa is blessed with great weather and stunning selection of cheeses. International in its offerings, Get Stuffed is run with real expert hands and treads the fine line between mainstream and artisan perfectly. Marian is originally from the UK but has her feet firmly planted in the soil of Cape Town and doing a brilliant job at it too.
Great for anyone willing to be exposed to the more off beat style of cheese being made in the country and happy to look, smell, taste and buy (always in that order!)
Maitre Philippe, Berlin, Germany
Cheese and wine - what's not to love? The brilliant duo of Philippe and Anaïs have carved out a little piece in heaven in this fabulous city. A carefully selected list of seasonal cheeses are on offer and match perfectly with equally as good wine. They now offer the full gamet of deli goods including cured meats, oils and smoked fish.
With obsessional attention to detail and a real charm with each of its customers, it is little wonder this shop will be reaching its 20th birthday in 2014.
Great for those people who are looking for beautiful things that taste as good as they look.
Saxelby Cheese, NY, USA
- Saxelby Cheese. Copyright of The Selby http://theselby.com/galleries/saxelby-cheese/
When you find yourself profiled on The Selby, you know that your cheese display is the bees knees. Anne Saxelby's selection focuses on small US producers with an array of cheeses that are unheard of back in Blighty. She says ' Cheese is alive. It is edible art'. We couldn't agree more. Working out of a small unit in Essex Market, the shop boast over 40 national cheeses and she even creates her own famous grape leaf soaked bourbon goats cheese. Yes, it does taste as good as it sounds.
Great for those who want to discover cheeses that you will not get for a million bucks back home. Also, a feast for the eyes.
Gems, Daz and Ian