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Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cheese

Wheel House Cheese Shop Brings 100 Cheeses to the Westside

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Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 7:59 AM
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Cheese lovers on the Westside don't have to trek all the way to Norbert Wabnig's shop in Beverly Hills to get good cheese anymore. They now have more than 100 cheeses, some very hard to find, to choose from in a small shop of their own in Culver City.

On June 7, Alex Josef and Steve Jones opened Wheel House Cheese Shop in a former television repair shop on West Washington Boulevard. A large cheese case fills the center of the room, with a marble counter and shelves for cheese-related items such as crackers and cornichons, Maldon salt and oatcakes, yuzu marmalade and gorgeous Oregon-made cheese boards. A second case is filled with speck, bresaola, duck salami, pate and olives. There's a basket of baguettes from Rockenwägner bakery, which is conveniently located just down the street. 

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Cheese

Milkfarm, a New Cheese Shop, Opens in Eagle Rock

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Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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If your idea of the four food groups is cheese, charcuterie, bread and wine, Milkfarm in Eagle Rock is set to become your new grocery shopping central. 

Leah Park Fierro, formerly head cheesemonger/manager of the Cheese Store in Silver Lake, opened the cheese-and-charcuterie haven April 7, inspired by the little specialty shops she saw while on a yearlong worldwide travel jaunt and fulfilling a lifelong dream to own her own business. (Previously she worked as a pastry chef for luxury hotels for seven years.) "I've always loved cheese," Fierro says. "It's so fascinating because it changes every single day, with every season."

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Friday, April 25, 2014

"There's a couple things out there that America can unanimously agree on," says Matt Timms, the creator of the competitive food event The Takedown. One of those things is mac 'n' cheese, the kid-friendly pasta dish that will be the focus of this Sunday's Takedown in Los Angeles.

The Takedown is a New York-based renegade food competition that started as a chili cook-off and has since evolved into a traveling, nation-wide spectacle where amateur chefs bring their best dishes to the table for others to try. 

By design, there are very few rules to The Takedown: Anyone can participate by bringing a dish they've made themselves - in this case, a mac 'n' cheese dish - and everyone can judge. There are three appointed judges, but there's also an audience vote on the best dish.  At this Sunday's L.A. event, the grazing period begins at 2 p.m. at the Bootleg Theatre and runs until 4 p.m. when the judges and the audience takes a vote on the three best homemade mac 'n' cheese. 

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Monday, March 31, 2014

the counter at Say Cheese - COURTESY: SAY CHEESE
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  • the counter at Say Cheese
The phrase "American cheese" still conjures images of processed food in individually wrapped slices, but American-made cheeses have been gaining in popularity among gourmands. Now, just when American cheesemakers are on a hot streak, they may have to rename most of their products as the rights to cheese names are under debate during trade talks between the United States and the European Union.

The EU is on a mission to reclaim the names of cheeses that originated in Europe, such as Gouda, feta, ricotta, brie, cheddar and Parmesan - you know, basically every cheese.

The U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Producers Federation argue that the fight over cheese names is an important economic battle for the U.S., which last year became the largest single country cheese exporter in the world. Among their concerns is that consumers will find name changes confusing.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Food Recall

Peanut Butter, Cheese, Dips Recalled for Listeria

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Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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A Minnesota company that makes peanut butter, cheese spreads, dips and salsas has recalled all its products - yes, all of them - for possible Listeria contamination, according to Food Safety News.

Even better, the Parker Farms products were distributed nationwide and sold at places such as Whole Foods, Target, Costco and Walmart.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Cheese

Scientists Discover World's Oldest Cheese

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Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM
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What are the most important things to take with you to the afterlife? Gold of course, and precious oils, and don't forget a couple of your favorite servants and maybe a beloved wife or two. But you would really be lost (and hungry) on the other side without cheese.

Archeologists have just uncovered the world's oldest cheese buried with mummies in China's desert sands. The chunks of yellowish organic material date back as early as 1615 B.C., which makes 15-year-old cheddar look positively silly in comparison.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cheese

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Cheese Kills One in California

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Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM
click image One of the recalled cheeses - ROOS FOODS
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  • One of the recalled cheeses
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting a listeria outbreak in California and Maryland connected to cheese. So far just eight people have been infected in the two states, but seven have been hospitalized and one (in California) has died. Five of the illnesses, two mother-newborn pairs and a newborn, were related to pregnancy.

All of the individuals affected thus far have been Hispanic and all reported consuming soft or semi-soft Hispanic-style cheese.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Lunch

First Look: A Fantastic Lunch at DTLA Cheese

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Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Pork loin sandwich at DTLA Cheese - B. RODELL
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The list of places where you can eat lunch at downtown's Grand Central Market is growing by the day, or so it seems. Apart from the multiple stands that have been serving Chinese, Mexican and Middle Eastern food for years, the new crop of places that signal the market's resurgence continue to open. Horse Thief BBQ and Eggslut are going strong, and Wexler's Deli looks like it will be open any minute. 

The most recent great lunch I've found is at DTLA Cheese, the cheese counter that opened in late December. Owned by Lydia and Marnie Clarke, who also own Cheese Cave in Claremont, DTLA Cheese has plenty of picnic supplies, a varied range of domestic and imported cheeses, and all manner of jarred and pickled things to accompany those cheeses. The counter service is exuberantly helpful, and they're happy to let you sample whatever you'd like. 

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Apocalypse

Cheesepocalypse: Kraft Announces Velveeta Shortage

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Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM
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  • Velveeta crisis
Don't have a meltdown, but Kraft has announced that it is running low on Velveeta.

Mysteriously, the company has not given a reason for the apparent shortage of the velvety cheese-like product. Are they hoping for a Sriracha-like run on the runny yellow "food" stuff? The twits are already calling it #Cheesepocalypse, and panicked websites are running recipes on how-to make queso dip without Velveeta. 

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

Cheese

Now Open: DTLA Cheese at Grand Central Market

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Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM
DTLA Cheese at Grand Central Market - T. NGUYEN
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  • DTLA Cheese at Grand Central Market

If you love cheese the way Wallace loves cheese, here's some good news to ring in the new year: DTLA Cheese at Grand Central Market, located near Tacos Tumbras a Tomas and directly across from the future location of Belcampo Meat Co., opened last week.

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