Right in the heart of San Luis Obispo, Calif., you'll find a new gourmet cheese shop that is bringing a little bit of the beauty (and delicious-ness!) of France to SLO.
Fromagerie Sophie (French for "Sophie's Cheese Shop") isn't just a cheese shop. It's a gourmet cheese shop that offers cheeses and other select items from around the world. Sophie Boban-Doering opened Fromagerie Sophie just a couple of months ago in November 2013.
Walking into the gourmet cheese shop, you'll notice a glass case filled with an amazing selection of cheese, charcuterie, olives, pates, and other select items. Each cheese has a placard that has a little bit of info about the cheese: the name, where it's imported from, a brief description of the cheese, the price per pound, and a beer/wine pairing.
If you're new to cheese or already just an avid lover of great cheese, Fromagerie Sophie will satisfy you. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the products they offer. They will help you explore their offerings with samples and provide suggestions for what may tickle your taste buds.
While you'll find cheese imported from all over the world (Italy, France and Switzerland, to name just a few countries), Fromagerie Sophie also offers cheeses from local creameries.
The first cheese I tried at Fromagerie Sophie was Brillat Savarin-Plasse from France (seen below). I don't know how else to describe it besides simply saying that it was amazing. The Brillat Savarin-Plasse is a triple cream cheese with a hint of nuttiness that is very light and extremely creamy. It happily melted in my mouth and I could imagine spreading it on a baguette slice and eating it all the time. (I wish I was kidding).
I then tried a sample of Shallots Confit (also seen below). I loved these. The shallots confit were sweet with a hint of tartness. Sandy, an employee at Fromagerie Sophie, suggested pairing the shallots confit with cheese and a baguette.
My first visit to Fromagerie Sophie was also the first time I tried pâté. I tried two types of pâté and I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and texture of both. I am now a pâté lover.
Overall, there is no doubt I will be visiting Fromagerie Sophie to pick up some cheese, pâté, a baguette, and maybe everything else.