14912 45th Ave
Man can not live by bread alone. At least that’s how one story goes. So while I was out chatting with Owen at Prairie Mill Bread Co., I figured it would be an opportune time to swing by newly opened Everything Cheese. Situated in Ramsey Heights, on Edmonton’s southwest side, you can approach the store from the south (40th ave) or the north (53rd ave). Seeing as I was heading over from Magrath, I followed along 23rd ave as it turned into Riverbend Road and eventually brought me to my destination.
Walking into the strip mall space, I was almost speechless. From what Google Maps could show me, this would appear to have been a tanning salon at one point. Now however, the room is a rich mix of colours warmed by wood and topped off by the gorgeous glass cheese display that shines like a star from the center. Welcomed by Tania Hrebicek, I soon found myself immersed in cheese talk. In between customers, I discovered what I could about both their cheese philosophy and what they hope to bring to Edmonton. I came away impressed, not just by their huge selection, but also the serious dedication to fine cheese.
With Tania offering samples of her dairy treats, you had to know I couldn’t leave without one…or three in my case; Chevre Noir, Valencay and Red Leicester. The chevre was a treat for Owen, so I’ll wait to hear his thoughts before I add some notes. The Valencay was wrapped in a gorgeous ash coat and sliced away to a perfect soft interior. Not gooey at all, just soft. The taste was definitely goat, and not for those intimidated by non-cow cheeses. The Red Leicester, besides having a gorgeous orange-red hue, was divine. Meaty, creamy, and slightly crumbly, this was reminded me of cheddar cheese, only way better.
If you are a fan of cheese, and really who isn’t, I suggest you make the trek out to Everything Cheese. Tania and Lydia have created a room that may be worth the visit alone, but it’s their combined love of cheese that will keep you coming back for more and more.