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Here is a post for your cheese lovers. Frankly, I am a fan of cheese. What else can make everything, from a boring piece of bread to bowl of macaroni, so much better? Many of my friends are also cheeseaholics, so I looked for a gift basket website with a large choice of cheese gift baskets. And I found it – Formaggiokitchen.com (by the way, ‘formaggio’ means ‘cheese’ in Italian).
They have a really great cheese selection, although their homepage surprise me a little, with all those yellow highlights:
Anyhow, I started browsing their artisan cheese category (although they also have honey, olive oils & specialty oils, pastas, specialty seafood, breads, crackers & snacks, chocolate, olives & antipasti, baking supplies, meats & charcuterie, vinegars, mustards & sauces, grains, rice, flours & beans, herbs, spices, salts & peppers, jams & preserves, cakes & cookies, candy & confections, tea, gifts & wares, coffee, cereals & breakfast items and God knows what else). I know that my friend Tasha likes gruyere, and I was happy to find Gruyere Alpage (Alpine gruyere).
It was quite expensive ($34.95/ lb), but totally worth it. I tried Gruyere Alpage during a spring hiking trip through the Swiss Alps. We found a small cheese manufacturer and watched the fascinating process of cheese making. It is really delectable, even better than regular Gruyere, so I was really glad to see it on Formaggiokitchen.com and send it to my friend.
They have a one-step checkout which I liked (the simpler, the better) and as soon as I intered Tasha’s shipping address, they have me a shipping quote, which was $10.15 for Home Delivery, $22.72 for 2 Day delivery, $62.88 for Standard Overnight and $66.96 for Priority Overnight. I chose home delivery (I figured nothing would happen to the cheese gift during transit) and I was right, because the gift reached Tasha in 4 days, and it was good and fresh.
She was delighted with the gift (I told her about the trip to the Alps before) and said that she liked it just as much as I did. She even asked where I bought it. I am happy when my friends are happy, so I would definitely recommend this website to any cheese lover out there.