Christmas was just around the corner and I was in a bit of a panic over the weekend as we were WAY BEHIND our normally organized holiday schedule. Mrs. MM and The Teen are cheese fiends, so we try and make sure there is a wide selection of cheese in the fridge during the holidays. I spent an hour last Saturday morning at S & L Fine Foods on Yakal Street looking for cheese and ham… A reader recently emailed me to ask about the availability of good cheeses and I did answer that good cheeses are relatively hard to find in Manila, but after finding this loot, I would probably modify my answer a bit…
I had brought along a bottle of homemade Mangosteen Brandy Sauce as a holiday present for the owner of S&L, and he graciously accepted the gift and gave me a personal tour of the chillers where he selected some cheeses to add to my growing pile, his holiday gift to me. I have to say, it wasn’t a fair trade. :) My original objective was to purchase a whole wheel of aged Manchego (the Teen’s favorite served with MM’s guava jelly or Sister’s homemade membrillo), but after I located that, I proceeded to lose cheese control… livarot, camembert, chevre, reblochon, etc. I also got several buffalo mozzarellas, ricotta and mascarpone. Yikes. But YUM. Before leaving, I also successfully accomplished the other main objective of the visit — to pick out a jamon (complete with hoof) for this jamon holder that has remained unused for nearly three years…
So if you have a serious hankering for ham and cheese, and can buy wholesale quantities, remember S&L Fine Foods, Inc. And good news for folks looking to buy on a retail basis… in a few months S&L will be opening a retail store at their Yakal facility, and I will do a post then to give you any more relevant details!
S&L Fine Foods Inc.
135 B Yakal St., San Antonio Village, Makati City
843-2996 / 843-2997 / Fax 843-7480