Long Beach shop offers cheese by the ocean
When one thinks of Long Beach retail, head shops and T-shirt shacks come to mind. but Venissimo is offering beach goers over 150 cheeses alongside baguettes, crackers, and honey at their shop a stone's throw from the Pacific.
The cheeses are well cared for and the staff really knows its stock. Everything I tasted was in perfect condition. And they do a great job of putting together combinations of cheeses for wine or beer matching.
Even if you’ve been around the cheese game a while, do ask their advice. You’re likely to turn up some wonderful cheeses you’ve never heard of. The revelation for me Saturday was Meadow Creek Dairy’s Grayson, a soft, washed-rind cheese with a buttery complexity that reminded me of the old Peluso Teleme. They also turned me on to a really lovely Roaring Forties Blue from King Island Dairy in Australia, lower in salt and more creamy than most blues.