July 23, 2010
Saint Nectaire Cheese
So, I am in Geneva, a lovely town that seems to cater to almost everyone else, but not its locals. It is an expensive city, and of course, food and drink is included in that category (I should add that maybe it's locals like paying out the wazoo for dining out, but I'm going to say that I have not yet found this part of the city). I did find, on a day trip to Aigle at the other end of Lac Laman a Carrefour Market (yes, basically a mondo-grocery store with an insane cheese selection). There, Karl and I, spent the last bit of money we had on picnic items and picked up some Saint Nectaire cheese (it was 2 E, and really I had no idea what I was buying) and it was utterly delicious and divine and it forced me to write this.
Then I had to look it up. I found the French wiki site for Saint Nectaire cheese
and learned that there is an organization (with support from the EU) that is working to protect food origins, as in a protected designation of food origin or PDO. That makes me pretty happy, and it also probably means that this is health-food, right?!
It's semi-soft, nutty, creamy, has a soft thin rind and tastes delicious on crusty bread. A cheese worth seeking out.
Posted by Neeli