They have an incredibly knowledgeable staff, who will explain the differences between the cheeses, give you samples galore, share their own opinions, and suggest pairings for each cheese.
At the height of rush hour in Grand Central Station, my fellow cheeser Maddie and I were drawn into a calmer and cheesier world as soon as we stopped at the Murray's counter. A cheeser named Stanley assisted us in tasting about ten cheeses, before we settled on three.
To learn more about Murray's, their caves (you can take a tour) and their cheeses (you can take a class), check out:
Murray's Cheese, a New York City landmark since 1940.
And to learn more about the interesting art of affinage (refining- the same word is used for metals) read this great NY Times article:
I decided to feature one of Stanley's personal favorites this week. The name, the flavor, and the buying experience were a winning combination. The cheese is called Ewephoria, a pun only comprehensible to an English-speaking ear. Murray's explains that this cheese was made to suit American tastebuds. It has a candy finish, like you just ate a sweet pastry. I didn't even know that was possible, but I learned from Ewephoria.
The cheese comes from North Holland, and is described as "hard", "dry", and "caramelly" by Murray's. It starts out like an ordinary cheese, but quickly morphs into something extraordinary- part cheese, part dessert. The name says it all- this cheese launches the tastebuds into a state of euphoria.
I hereby crown ye Cheese of the Week.
Here's to a week filled with stories and cheese that are not only sweet but smart shelled too, dry as a dead whale but excitement-inducing all the same.
I was quite surprised by the sweet, candy-like finish of this cheese. It was unexpected, but completely welcome. This 85 year old Spanish duchess must have shocked the crowds when she began to dance the flamenco for her new (60 year old) husband- but they roared with approval at her sweet performance.
As I learned from the article on affinage (see above), even the rind of a cheese contributes to the taste. In Japan they've decided to take a cue from cheese and pay more attention to the outside of their smartphones: Now the cases are smart too. They can monitor your body weight, tell you if you've been exposed to radiation, and, most importantly for a cheeser- check to see if you have bad breath.
There's nothing drier than a fish out of water... except maybe a whale in a field. Although experts claim that this dead whale washed up 1/2 mile inland in East Yorkshire last week was carried in by a high tide, I'm skeptical. It seems pretty clear that she just wanted a tour of the countryside.
Now go out and eat some cheese.
Upon tasting Ewephoria, I couldn't help but exclaim out loud how great it was. The cheese's name indicates that this is a common reaction. Steve Jobs was responsible for inducing countless "oohs" and "ahhs" with his innovative products. He will be missed dearly.