Back to writing finally…. The last couple weeks have been a bit hectic as I traveled my way up and down Israel, tasting the many pleasant foods that this country has to offer.
Once in Sfat (Safed) I searched for the famed Sfat cheese store. This place has been open for around 150 years ( maybe more) and has seen its share of wars. It has belonged to the same family for 7 generations and I was happy to see it at full capacity and open!!! It seems that every other time I had been in Sfat the place was either closed or under renovation. Finally, I made my way inside and was happy to see a table full of wonderful cheeses, home made halva, and fresh local olives. As I entered the owner cam up from behind me and asked me to sit down at a centrally placed round table, for a cup of complimentary coffee,( a pleasant surprise) I must have been the first of the day or they are just this nice to everyone. Even the coffee was delicious, perfectly mellow with a very nice hint of Cardamom. Delicious indeed…..
I ended up going with the goat cheese in wine, which was pleasantly mild with a lingering after taste.After I had finished enjoying my coffee and purchases, I moved on to take a look at their Sfatit (French cheese) aging room. These spongy and salty cheeses are made of fresh un-pasteurized cow milk and stay about three months in the cellar. There was a moldy scent in the room which reminded me of everything great……..