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The Cheese Traveler

Map540 Delaware Ave
Albany, NY
518-443-0440
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  • Food & Drink

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“I grew up on the same cheeses as everybody else: American, cheddar, sometimes it got as exciting as Havarti and Brie,” says Eric Paul, 37, co-owner of the Cheese Traveler. “But my mom was a teacher who taught refugees, and I learned how much food mattered to them. Food was what they had to share, that was their thank you to my mom. She’d bring my twin brother and me to their parties, and that’s where I learned how important food is.” Cheese, in particular, became Paul’s passion, which he fostered at several food retailers in the Capital Region and a gourmet cheese shop in Boston. He returned to Albany and opened his shop in 2011, stocking it with about 100 cheeses, both domestic and imported, which are all hand-cut to order. He has also added charcuterie, olives, pasta, chocolates, jams and jellies, syrups, bitters, and other defiantly artisanal products. “We follow the French definition of artisanal,” Paul says. “Just because Subway bakes their bread on premises, that doesn’t make it artisanal.” Still, cheese is his oeuvre. “All these cheeses have compelling stories and traditions,” he says. “For me, cheese became a way to travel the world — in the imagination.”

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2013 Editors' Pick- Best New Specialty Food Shop

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Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2013
County: Albany
Pick: Editors' Picks

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