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Cheesetique is Closed Today – Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you the healthiest and happiest of holidays! See you Friday for our regular hours.

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We’re Hiring Servers & Cheesemongers!

Cheesetique is hiring Cheesemongers for our cheese shops and and Servers for our restaurants (all three locations). This is your chance to join a thriving local business that LOVES its people, products, and visitors.

A Cheesemonger is a special person, sharing lots of cheese info with our retail guests while helping them take home the perfect selections. You must be quick, super-pleasant, and patient. Don’t know much about cheese? No worries – we can teach you that!

Our Servers are ambassadors of Cheesetique, educating our restaurant guests and making sure they enjoy every part of their dining experience. You must be cheerful, quick on your feet, and cool as a cucumber.

Click here to fill out an online application. OR pop into any of the shops in person!

Find us at these addresses:
Del Ray: 2411 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Shirlington: 4056 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
Ballston: 800 North Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

We look forward to hearing from you! And LONG LIVE CHEESE!!!

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Taste with us… every day!

14485070_1300318360003045_6970719961585455823_nAt Cheesetique, we know there’s no better way to choose than by tasting first. As always, you can try any of our cheeses, meats, and wine list wines. But now we have a daily featured cheese and wine in the retail shop for your sampling pleasure. Come by and test drive your new favorite!

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All Locations Closed Sunday Night 9/25

IMG_3546Once a year, we close all of our stores in order to celebrate our amazing Cheesetique team (and their families). We will be seating in the restaurant until 2:00 on Sunday (join us for Brunch!) and will be closed for dinner. Thank you!!

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Cow vs. Buffalo Mozzarella

One of the most delicious and versatile cheeses on earth is fresh mozzarella. Things can get a little confusing, though, when we are forced to choose between cow and buffalo versions. Here’s a little guide to help you out.

mozzboth-smallerCow milk (left): While still very tender and mild, this mozzarella has a slightly tighter, springier texture. Its flavor is more mild than buffalo milk, and it will hold up better to cooking.

Buffalo milk (right): This version is more succulent and lacy in texture. Its flavor is more robust, which makes it great for eating at room temperature. When heated, it will liquify more easily, making foods like pizza soggy.

Once cut, the texture differences are even more obvious. The cow (top) has a tighter paste while the buffalo (below) is more lacy.

Each version has benefits. When cooking, I choose cow milk. When eating in a salad or with fresh tomatoes, I choose buffalo.

P.S. “Buffalo” here is not American bison. It is water buffalo, a cow-like critter which won’t crush you to death when you try to milk it 🙂

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Cheesetique Does DC Restaurant Week!

Join us at Cheesetique Shirlington and Cheesetique Ballston August 15-21 for DC Restaurant Week! Both locations are taking reservations online, so make yours pronto.

Curious about the menus? Check them out here…

Restaurant Week Summer 2016 – BALLSTON

Restaurant Week Summer 2016 – SHIRLINGTON

See you soon!

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How to build a warm weather cheese platter

Cheesemonger Ethan with the perfect summertime cheese: Le Roule with fresh herbs.

Cheesemonger Ethan with the perfect summertime cheese: Le Roule with fresh herbs.

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy, especially if you like cheese and wine. Here are 5 easy steps for building a delicious warm weather cheese platter.

  1. Choose softer cheeses: Hard-aged cheeses like Manchego and Gouda have fat fatty and/or dense textures that don’t hold up when it’s too warm (they get “sweaty” with oil and taste waxy). Instead, choose soft cheeses like fresh goat, soft-ripened cheeses like Brie, or semi-firm cheeses like young Cheddar. Not only will they hold up, but they tend to be milder in flavor, which suits those hot days and nights just fine.
  2. Crunch on light, crisp crackers: Avoid anything too thick, herby, or salty. Let the cracker be a delicate vehicle for the cheese instead of a main player.
  3. Offer chilled fresh fruit: Keep your fruit on ice (or on a platter on ice) separate from the cheeses. Its cool juiciness is the perfect complement to creamy cheeses.
  4. Speaking of cool juiciness: Iced rosé or white wine is a summertime cheese’s best friend. The acidity cuts through the richness and amplifies flavor, while the coolness is uber-refreshing.
  5. No sun, please: Keep your cheese in the shade and don’t let it sit in the heat for more than a few hours. Store a backup supply somewhere cooler and replace the entire platter after that time.

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Cheesetique Ballston is Open!

Serving Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, and Weekend Brunch. Join us to swim in the world of cheese!
Check out our hours and location info here…

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Cheesetique #3 is Coming!

Nearly 12 years ago, Cheesetique opened its doors to the cheese-loving public. Some of you were with us then… and are still regulars over a decade later. We are thankful every day for your support!

In 2004, Cheesetique was a teeny-tiny cheese shop with one employee (yours truly). All these years later, Cheesetique has grown to include two retail & restaurant locations with 80 amazing employees. And now, I’m thrilled to announce that Cheesetique #3 is coming soon… to Ballston!

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Located on the corner of Glebe Rd. and Wilson Blvd., this is our most roomy and modern Cheesetique yet. And did I mention there will be a life-size cow? Yes, a life-size cow. We hope to open in a few weeks and can’t wait to get comfy in our new neighborhood. Get ready for cheese, Ballstonians!

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Top 10 non-culinary uses for cheese

No one can deny that cheese is great for eating. What many don’t realize is its amazing versatility in non-food applications. Presenting…

10. Paper Weight: Cheese is heavy. Exploit that. Plus, what a conversation starter! (“Hey, is that a Gouda on your briefs?”)

9. Personal Fragrance for the Anti-Social: Dab a little Stinking Bishop behind your ears and you’ll never sit next to someone on the Metro again. Make it your signature scent and avoid the “So, what do you do?” question at cocktail parties.

8. Door Stop: A block o’ Emmenthaler will get the job done – and I challenge you to find another door stop that you can eat if truly desperate.

7. Outdoor Party Saver: If you think humans love cheese, you should see flies! At your next outdoor event, place a super-ripe Epoisses in a far corner and the critters will be hypnotized. Expensive, but effective.

6. Candle Holder: Traditional candle sticks are just so obvious. Instead, embed your taper in a lovely piece of Cotswold. By the end of the evening, the candle has melted and – VOILA! – you have wax-covered cheese for aging!

5. Home Deodorizer (or really, a Home Odorizer): There’s nothing like hearing your guests exclaim, “Wow – what died in here?!” I recommend Chimay for maximum impact. Then, to enhance that welcoming feeling, simply respond, “Hmmm… I didn’t smell anything until you arrived.”

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4. Place Card Holder: If you’re going to make people sit next to strangers, at least do it with Stilton.

3. “Naughty” Christmas Penalty: You think coal is undesirable in your stocking? How about a big hunk of fireplace-warmed Gorgonzola? Forget Elf on a Shelf – with this approach, your kids will never misbehave again.

2. All-Natural Face Mask: Simply smear on some Chevre and read your favorite magazine. Enzymes will exfoliate. Minerals will nourish. Oils will moisturize. By the end, your face will be softer than – and smell somewhat like – a baby’s bottom.

1. Good-Natured Prank: Summertime. Limburger. Glove compartment. Need I say more?

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