Good Taste

Posted: May 31, 2007

I'm a feta fanatic, especially when warm weather starts to beg for light salads filled with the season's cucumber and tomato. But even I was stunned by the vast selection of the crumbly white Mediterranean cheese that I found at Bell's Market in the Northeast. Bell's has a primarily Russian clientele, but I counted 20 varieties of sheep's milk feta on display from countries as diverse as Bulgaria, France, Greece, Denmark and Turkey.

Each has a different flavor profile, but Bulgaria's is my all-time favorite. It's not as salty as the Greek, not as unctuously mild as the French, but it is the perfect balance of creamy and sweet, with just the right level of sheep-y tang. And at this price, it is also one of the all-time great cheese deals.

- Craig LaBan

A two-pound tub of Petra feta cheese from Bulgaria costs $6.99 at Bell's Market, 8330 Bustleton Ave., 215-342-6016.

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