Last week, Papa Sas and I finally celebrated our very belated wedding anniversary (July!). We were fortunate enough to get a babysitter (thank you Sister Sasquatch!) and sneak away for a couple of hours. We enjoyed the most delicious lunch at the restaurant Farm by Janice Beaton. I secretly chose that restaurant because I had to conquer another item on my grocery list...cheese! In the front of the store is Farm, a bustling restaurant dedicated to serving delicious meals that have been prepared with locally sourced ingredients and in the back a delicious cheese shop, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese!
I tried a few grocery stores to find cheese that was waste free, as well as Springbank Cheese Company but no dice, everything was prepackaged. I called the Janice Beaton Cheese Shop explaining my quest for waste free cheese and they said to come on in with my glass jar! I was so pumped! The woman behind the counter was new to Canada with a French accent that made everything seem that much more exciting to be buying cheese! For a few moments, I felt whisked away to Europe! She was able to help me select a cheese that would be tasty yet mild for the Cubs to enjoy. To see if this will be a sustainable change for our family we decided to get $27 worth of cheese - that is how much a giant block of marble cheese from Superstore is working out to be $1.44/100grams. Janice Beaton cheese was almost 5 times the price, however, has been 5 times or more of deliciousness. We have been enjoying the cheese but eating with intention not just cutting willy nilly and I have forced Papa Sas to use the cheese cutter and not just hack away random blocks of the cheese. I think, although pricer, this is an incredible sustainable choice and will last us the same amount of time that our good ol' Superstore block does.
Now, back to the restaurant Farm. I don't want to toot my own horn, but I am quite comfortable in the kitchen and can attempt to cook or bake just about anything, especially if I have the time to read a recipe, and by time I mean patience. Most of the time I go to a restaurant and feel like we could have created an identical or similar dish to what we have eaten and for a fraction of the cost. That being said, this was not the case at Farm. We enjoyed our lunch out immensely. The service, the atmosphere, the food, everything was awesome. I had, hands down, the best Veggie burger I have ever ordered at a restaurant, so good, that I asked to speak with the the chef. It is her own recipe and the explosions of flavours - tzatziki sauce, some sort of sweet red pepper jelly, white beans, some sort of crispy potato crunchy things was a crazy medley of awesome. Everything was incredible. I highly recommend going there to eat lunch or dinner (if you want dinner I saw they have a 3 course meal for just $35) and as a bonus you get 10% off the cheese shop if you do!
Waste free Cheese solved. I look forward to my monthly purchase of cheese!