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Shop Talk: New York Shops


Astoria Bier & Cheese Astoria, NY For Astoria Bier & Cheese, it’s all about craft. Since its first location opened in 2012, ABC has been a reliable source of local brews, artisanal cheeses, and cheese-forward sandwiches. While their cheese and charcuterie offerings are fairly global in scope, owner Rick White and his team have a […]

Cheese Lit for Spring 2020


Now’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book and read about cheese, especially on one of those dreary days full of April showers. 1. Hangover Helper With this expertly-researched collection of recipes, Lauren Shockey will have you planning your next night out around the next day’s meal. Hangover Helper (Hardie Grant, 2019; […]

Behind the Label: Caveman Blue


Yeti, Sasquatch, Abominable Snowman—for a creature spotted so infrequently, Bigfoot’s names are a dime a dozen. In Grants Pass, Oregon, locals inspired by southern Oregon’s extensive cave system have historically preferred the name “Caveman,” frequently portraying the fabled humanoid in costume at city events. Embracing the local folklore, early 20th century dairy factory Rogue Gold […]

Farm Animal: Icelandic Sheep


Illustration by Erin Wallace BREED: Icelandic Sheep SPECIES: Ovis aries COLOR/PATTERN: White, brown, or gray wool; often patterned HEIGHT: 25 to 34 inches WEIGHT: 130 to 220 pounds REGION OF ORIGIN: Northern Europe Widely considered the oldest, purest sheep breed in the world, Icelandic sheep are prized for their hardiness, dual coat, and ability to […]