For some people, you would be hard pressed to find anything better in life than enjoying some ripe old bleu fromage accompanied by a fresh baguette. Or perhaps some creamy warmed camembert with a side of dried figs? Maybe it’s that goat cheese made with slighty spicy chili that grabs your palate? And for those a little more adventurous how about  extra aged appenzeller? Cheese is always a hit at any party, be it a posh suare with wine or a simple cheese & meat deli platter at a family event. A cheese platter is an excellent accompaniment. A lot of big market stores are making their own fine cheeses now and well and a local artisans. Here’s a list of the best places in the lower mainland to get your fromage fix this Christmas.

The Great Canadian Superstore – Yes, I said Superstore!  The stores own ‘Presidents Choice’ brand has come out with a great selection of cheeses not found at most grocery chains. Cheese such as Double Cream Brie, Camembert, Ripened Herbed Goats Milk Cheese and a tasty selection of parmesan are available at a fraction of the cost. Tip: This year the brand has stepped up its Christmas deserts featuring Chocolate Candy Cane and Red Velvet Cheesecakes for only $7!

Granville Island – A day shopping at Granville island is so much better than going to your average grocery store. It’s a great place to get all the ingredients you need for a delicious deli holiday platter. With shops such as Duso’s, and Oyama meats which offer some of the best selections at surprisingly decent prices. It’s a grocery shopping experience you won’t forget and also a great conversation starter at holiday parties! Tip: When shopping on Granville island be sure to look at the bottom rack for On Sale items and produce! Also, it’s best to go during the day when it’s not as busy.

Gudrun Tasting Room – Located in the charming area of Steveston in Richmond is an alluring little  fromagerie/charcuterie tasting room. Serving a variety of cheeses, honing in on local palates. There is a deal for today only on Groupon featuring a bubbling fresh selected cheese fondue selection for two, including a paired flight of wine which is available for only $25. This is a $55 dollar value and can be purchased for your own enjoyment or it makes a lovely hostess gift at your next holiday party. Below is the link for todays Gudrun Groupon coupon http://www.groupon.com/vancouver/

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