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Quick Bites: John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks

John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks

John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks

I have never really taken a shine to cheese-flavored crackers. Goldfish, Cheese Nips, Cheez-Its, they were the best thing ever for most other kids, but not me. I would rather have a good stone-ground cracker or melba toast with a schmear of horseradish cheese spread or a hunk of Leerdammer resting on top. Yes, even back in elementary school, I was a cheese snob, and no bit of orange-colored pseudo cheese particle cracker was going to entice me. As I got older, my snobbery branched out to pretty much all mass-produced cheese-flavored crackers so I was hesitant when asked to try John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks and CheeseCrisps.  Continue reading

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Cheese World

Growing up in Shaker Heights, the highlight of the week was my mother taking me to Cheese World at Van Aken. Upon opening the door, my nose was aroused by the aromas wafting of glorious artisan cheese being sampled and sliced behind the counter. This was my playground. My mother knew taking me here meant sacrificing a better part of her day, but she understood my love of cheese better than anyone so she indulged her little house mouse and let me go wild. The 70’s weren’t really known for cheese so my selections by today’s standards may seem rather pedestrian. Back then, Leerdammer, Camembert, Emmental, and Chevre were rather extravagant for anyone,especially a five year old. In a world of Ritz crackers I preferred stone ground wafers to accompany the various cheese spreads made on premises. My favorite was the sharp cheddar with horseradish followed by the red caviar and chevre. Continue reading


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