So after visits to Walter’s and Sweet Teez a few weeks ago, I had one more stop on my food tour of the Sound Shore: Auray Gourmet. I adore this place for the care it takes in preserving its cheeses. They store them at the right temperature with the proper packaging, and know everything there is to know about them, from the type of milk they’re made with to the region they come from — whether in Spain, France, the U.S. or right here in the Hudson Valley.
This expertise comes at a price, too. I took home three cheeses, some marcona almonds and a box of crackers and my bill was almost $50. That’s OK. My husband calls me “the girl who loved to buy cheese,” and I am. I hope it doesn’t sound snooty, because I am the farthest thing from snooty, but we like to have a cheese course with a glass of port after many of our meals.
While we’re having a glass of wine before dinner, I get the cheese out of the fridge. It stays out while we cook and eat, and then, by the time we start winding down, the cheese is at the perfect temperature. If it’s soft, it gets all oozy and spreadable, which is a big bonus.
Auray is also a great place for a spot of lunch, as these local moms know:
And when it’s nice out, you can’t beat a table on the sidewalk:
Aurary Gourmet, 144 Larchmont Ave., (at Gilder Street, one block in from Boston Post Road), Larchmont. 914.833.2274. auraygourmet.com
Have you been to Auray? What do you think?