Six people, 17 cheeses, crisp white wine, good conversation and lots and lots of great information from smart, funny Meg Zimbeck, our cheese tour leader from Paris by Mouth. Meg is a friend and Paris by Mouth is my go-to site for information on Paris restaurants and food shops. Now it’s the site I send people to when they tell me they’re interested in taking a food tour of my favorite city. There are great chocolate and pastry tours, but one Wednesday, cheese was on the agenda and I happily became part of the group. We toured Androuet on rue du Bac, Barthelemy on rue de Grenelle and Saunders in the St Germain des Pres covered market (“my” cheese shop), buying perfectly aged or pristinely fresh cheese at each stop. And then we filed into Bacchus et Ariane in the covered market, told Georges Casellato, the proprietor, that we wanted white wine that would be right for the cheese, pulled up a table outside the shop and tasted and tasted and tasted and tasted. This was learning at its best.
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