Just before last Christmas, a good friend let on that there was a fabulous new (at least in Makati) source of cheese and other ingredients that I must go and see. Egads. Not 24 hours had passed and I was in their warehouse, stunned by the stuff on offer, amazed by the wholesale prices and unable to resist putting item after item into my growing pile by the cashier. I normally have a reasonable amount of cash in my wallet but there was no way I would be able to pay for my selections that day in cash. It just so happened I had a cheque book in the car having come from another purchase, so I was a bit wanton in my food choices that morning. With several holiday dinners coming up, siblings and friends who are cheese lovers, I figured wheels of cheese would disappear in no time. Marketman was definitely like a kid in a candy shop!
S & L Fine Foods, Inc is a WHOLESALE OPERATION. They DO NOT sell retail amounts and please do NOT go to them if you are not prepared to buy in commercial quantities. I write about them because they are fabulous and a great source for restaurants, chefs, home based food businesses, etc. who can buy in quantity. The company is run by two wonderful Turkish men, and a lot of the items they have on offer are imported from Turkey (fantastic olive oil for example), but they also carry a lot of Italian, Spanish and other European items. I ended up getting a whole wheel of SUPERB aged (14 months) manchego cheese (the brown wheel) which was a bargain at PHP175 per 100 grams, but the wheels are about 3 kilos in weight! I also ended up getting a smaller and equally wonderful Queso de Cabrales or blue cheese, a large wedge of parmesan, several tubs of mascarpone, several packages of buffalo mozzarella, bottles of olives, a five liter can of basic olive oil (not their extra virgin version) for the zubuchons, a case of arborio rice, a case of Italian canned plum tomatoes, etc. They also carry hams, sausages, salamis, other cheeses, oils, vinegars, pastas, etc., etc. FANTASTIC. But please understand they limit their business to wholesale buyers. If you are interested, contact S & L Fine Foods, Inc on Yakal Street at 843.2996 or 843.2997. And don’t blame me if you buy way too much. :)