Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I have an inexhaustible fascination with gourmet food shops.  My fridge overflows with every sort of unusual condiment and I dream of having a well stocked pantry.  Charelli's is an old fashioned European style cheese shop, a tiny space packed floor to ceiling with every imaginable delicacy.  The friendly staff let you taste their wares and they have an uncanny knack for picking out your perfect cheese - sort of like Juliet Brioche in Chocolat.  We first found out about Charelli's at the annual Taste of Fernwood event. There we got to try the best cheese fondue we'd ever had.  We finally got around to visiting their little shop on Foul Bay road.  Charelli's is chock full of yummy things ideal for pantry or picnic - pastas imported from Italy, lemon curd, spices, European specialty items, locally made chutneys and truffle oil to name only a few.  

We took home two cheeses to try, a pungent but heavenly soft Quebec goat cheese and a hard nutty Comte from France.  Both were amazing but it was the Comte that impressed us most.  The smoky, slightly sweet nutty flavor made a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich.  We also took home a jar of Canadian made salted caramel sauce.  It’s heavenly spooned on to Greek yoghurt or slathered over German waffle cookies (the waffle biscuits can also be purchased from Charelli's). 

We'll invariably be back to this charming old world deli. This is a great place to pick up a hostess gift or just to treat yourself.  We'll soon be adding a fondue set to our kitchen clutter!

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