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A Cheesy Tour Through Old Europe

6 Apr 2006  cheese lover
3.0 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Unsurprisingly, not a small amount of foods take their names from the place where they were created. In particular, it would be easy to concoct an eating tour of Europe based on that criteria alone. But this list takes a very specific food as its culinary link through the continent, the food that makes most cardiologists shudder: Cheese. We start out our tour in the United States before heading abroad, though....

  • 1. Monterey Jack
    Monterey, Monterey Peninsula

    Monterey is a great jumping off point for a cheese tour, because Monterey has so much to offer other than cheese! It is a beautiful coastal town with great seafood and unique history--including literary history, for John Steinbeck set his novel Cannery Row here.

  • 2. Cheddar
    Cheddar, Somerset

    This venerable old cheese, known for its orange coloring, originated in the English countryside, in beautifully pastoral and scenic Somerset.

  • 3. Limburger Cheese
    Limburg Province

    While most Limburger cheese is manufactured in Germany these days, this strong smelling cheese saw its beginnings in the Belgian town of Limburg.

  • 4. Allgau Cheese
    Fischen im Allgau, Swabia

    The part of Bavaria, the heart of German dairy country, actually produces close to 200 kinds of cheese. Of course, it all goes splendidly with that other culinary item that Bavaria is known for: beer.

  • 5. Gruyere Cheese
    Gruyeres, La Gruyere

    The gorgeous and remote Swiss valley known as Gruyeres is the home of this versatile cheese, which is a key ingredient in a classic cheese fondue!

  • 6. Jarlsberg Cheese
    Vestfold, Eastern Norway

    This Norweigan cheese was named after the town of Jarlsberg--which was renamed as Vestfold in 1918. Somehow, it just seemed easier for the cheese to retain its original name…

  • 7. Camembert Cheese

    Camembert is a picturesque village located in Normandy, northern France. Annually there is a Camembert-Brie-Paris bike race, apparently to help one burn off all those Camembert calories.

  • 8. Brie Cheese

    Not many names are quite so synonymous with the word "cheese" than this one, which also has an added dimension of elitism to it as well! Nonetheless, Brie is a flavorful and versatile cheese that has grown in popularity throughout the world.

  • 9. Asiago Cheese
    Asiago, Province of Vicenza

    The Asiago area of the Veneto in northern Italy is home of this cheese, which is catching on as a flavorful alternative to more traditional Italian cheeses (such as Parmesan).

  • 10. Gouda Cheese
    Gouda, South Holland Province

    Despite its long association with the cheese, this medieval Dutch town with its pleasing Gothic buildings and churches is also a treat for architecture lovers too.

  • 11. Oaxaca Cheese

    We end the cheese tour back on this continent, in Mexico. Oaxaca cheese is known by other names, but it is a very basic ingredient in Mexican cuisine and found in every kind of regional dish imaginable.