Who is the Canada Cheese Man?

My name is Drew Gall and I like cheese. Does that sound like a confession? It really is an admission. But if you have found this page and are reading it then you already understand.

This blog is an extension of my appreciation for one of the simple pleasures of life … good food. I live in Mississauaga, Ontario, Canada which is a bedroom community of Toronto.  I have had a strong interest in learning more about cheese for many years. I have an adventurous streak in me and part of that is satisfied by trying new things. It is enjoyable for me to try new things, like a new cheese.  It doesn’t matter if I like it or not, it is the experience that matters.

I buy books about cheese. I get excited about a trip to the cheese market and  I take notes about cheese. Is cheese my hobby? It sure seems like it but I have several other interests as well.

My passion for cheese rises and falls, but it never goes away. My family has become used to it. My kids say “Dad, are you on your cheese kick again?”

I guess the answer is … yes.

You can follow me on Twitter at CanadaCheeseMan.

If you would like to reach me my email is drewgall@me.com.

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36 comments on “Who is the Canada Cheese Man?

  1. Sendie-Lou says:

    It’s a very interesting blog you have here. I enjoy reading it. 🙂

  2. Hi,

    Have you tried any Australian cheeses? I particularly like King Island Dairy – http://www.kidairy.com.au/Default.aspx – Roaring Forties Blue and Lighthouse Blue Brie are two of my favourites.

    Cheers
    Simon

    • Ondrew says:

      I’ve tried the Roaring Forties Blue while listening to Kylie Minogue. How is that for a taste of Australia?

      I have yet to try the Lighthouse Blue Brie. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll be keeping my eyes open and I’ll try it the next chance I get.

  3. Drew, I’m glad you’ve found my “Cheese University” – and I found your blog here. Seems, we’re on the same track. Good food, yes! Pleasures of life, yes! Passion for cheese, absolutely! Keep on posting!

  4. Leslie says:

    Hello Drew,
    Thank you for dropping by our blog. Love you site 🙂 Any recommendations for a tasty Canadian cheese?

    cheers,
    Leslie

  5. Geetika says:

    To be very honest I’ve never seen anyone so passionate about cheese! This is absolutely amazing…and yeah I’ve enjoyed reading your posts here. Would surely be visiting your blog, time n again, to read more about cheese 🙂

    P.S. Thanks for leaving a link to your blog! Cheers!

  6. Thanks for following my blog! I am so impressed my this blog. I too love cheese but have very little knowledge of it. I look forward to seeing what other new cheeses you recommend. Thanks again!

  7. Just stumbled upon your blog Drew and love the content I’ve perused so far. I used to be the event coordinator at a wine/cheese store and therefore used to know a great deal about cheese myself. I’ve placed you in my Reader and am looking forward to your future posts.

    cheers!
    Jed

  8. OMG a blog about cheese! I share your love my friend. Pure happiness that makes the world a better place. Looking forward to living vicariously through your cheesy blog.

  9. I love all things cheese! Can’t wait to explore all the different varieties you’ve blogged about here…

  10. sysoong says:

    Hello from a fellow Canadian! Very cool blog. Nice to meet another cheesehead in the blogosphere, I’m looking forward to reading more!

  11. detroittokyo says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for liking my post. Your blog is very interesting. I love cheese, too 🙂 Hope you get a chance to browse around and find some more of my posts that strike your fancy.

  12. nell's dish says:

    yay! another cheese lover! thanks for finding my blog today and liking it… I love finding other bloggers who love cheese as much as I do. Looking forward to delving in to your cheese stories. That 1400 year old cheese find is quite a crazy one to start with!

  13. Tandy says:

    anything with cheese is good!

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post of “Cheesy Potato Cakes”…………..you have a very interesting blog and I would like to be here often.

  15. Thank you for stopping by and I’m thoroughly glad you did as I have a love for all things cheesey. My two great loves, one is butter, the other is cheese! Look forward to hearing much more on your knowledgable posts and discovering new varieties!!!

  16. Rick Peori says:

    Good day Drew!
    I salute your passion for cheese, as i share the same passion. I remember as a very young boy begging my aunt for “just one more little piece of colby” every time we went to visit. My love for cheese grew so much, i opened a cheese business! Its been twenty five years….and i never tire of milks immortality! I just returned from the GREAT CANADIAN CHEESE FESTIVAL in Picton last weekend, it was a cheese lovers paradise! My aim is to be the Artisanal cheese king of southwestern Ontario! …..then perhaps the world! LoL… Come by my facebook page and say hello! All Bout Cheese.

  17. Sue Riedl says:

    Hi Drew- I write a blog called cheeseandtoast.com. I am looking for a picture of Comfort Cream and see you have a great one. Could I use it (with credit) for a beer/cheese pairing piece?

    Let me know! Thanks, awesome blog.

    Sue

  18. Thom says:

    Drew, truly appreciative of your blog. I run a small boutique catering company with a focus on artisanal and farmstead cheeses and charcuterie. http://www.thecheesegourmand.ca Hope to meet one day. Thom

  19. syntk says:

    Great blog! I am now ashamed to have ever blogged about cheese, after seeing your fine site! 🙂

  20. Great Blog! I have just started my own based in London UK. Great to see so many cheese fans out there! http://itsallaboutcheese.wordpress.com/

  21. I really like your cheese passion. I own a store in Saskatoon called… The Bulk Cheese Warehouse
    26 years selling cheese and yet learn so much from reading your posts! We do not enjoy the luxury of locally produced cheese here. Most Canadian varieties we sell come from Quebec and Ontario and we do not get out there in person very often. Love what you are doing, if you get this way ever, Here is a little sample of most of the blue cheese in our store. ..http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/ascottyb/media/BLUECHEESE_zps4edb40f7.mp4.html
    We cut most of our cheese in advance as we would not keep up on busy days. Some are cut as requested like the selection of Raclette.

    • Ontdrew says:

      I checked out the link you provided. That’s one impressive cheese case!

      • Thanks! a note to the cheese case in the link is…. there is yet another cheese case the same size with all the rest of the Canadian Cheese! Saskatoon people really love their cheese, and we have been really fortunate to have a great location where lots of other interesting shops make the Broadway Avenue shopping experience a memorable day. As well, I have always noted that, cheese store customers are the happiest shoppers in the world.

        I see that it is like a candy store for grown ups. Working there is awesome too.

        Scott

  22. Jeff Pychel says:

    Hello Drew,

    My name is Jeff Pychel and I’m the Travel Architect and Tour Leader of an upcoming 7-Night Cheese Tour of Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris, scheduled for September 15 to 22, 2013.

    Tour highlights include visiting the iconic Cheese towns of Gouda, Edam and Beemster in Holland, sample Trappist Beer and Cheese in a monastery in Chimay, revel in the art of Chocolate and Beer in the historical city of Brussels and ending at the epicenter of gastronomy – Paris!

    The Cheese tour webpage can be viewed at:

    http://www.travelbrokertours.com/current-tours/31-the-big-cheese-tour-of-amsterdam-brussels-and-paris-starts-15-sept-2013

    The tour will be lead by myself and hosted by special guest Kevin Durkee of CHEESEWERKS, an Artisan Grilled Cheese restaurant in Toronto.

    I do hope you; your followers, friends and fellow cheese lovers consider joining me on this wonderful one-of-a-kind cheese tour. I would also like to offer you all a $100 savings if you do decide to join me. The tour is limited to only 16 participants.

    Please feel free to contact me for any further information.

    PS – We’re planning a 7 Night Big Cheese Tour of Switzerland for next May 2014.

    Thank you so much,

    Jeff Pychel
    Tour Architect and Tour Leader
    The Travel Broker and Cruise Centre
    1758 Bath Road, Kingston
    Ontario Canada
    K7M 4Y2

    Ph: 1-613-389-7914
    Toll: 1-888-830-5324
    Mobile: 1-647-997-1532
    Fax: 1-613-389-9028
    Email: jpychel@thetravelbroker.ca
    Website: thetravelbroker.ca
    Skype: thetravelbroker

  23. Dan McCormack says:

    Great and informative blog!!! Links for Flavors of Europe not working though.

  24. Alexia says:

    Hey Drew! Greetings from a fellow Canadian!

    If you’re in Montreal around mid to late February, I recommend you try out Montreal’s Cheese festival. http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/gastronomy/festival-of-our-cheeses.aspx This year’s festival is next week but they have it at the same time every year.

    There’s generally about 30-40 Quebec cheese producers every year and the entrance and all the samples are free 🙂 And cheese blocks of the samples are also available at reduced prices from the stores (generally a dollar or two less per 200g-ish block) since you’re purchasing them directly from the cheesemaker.

  25. John says:

    You, sir do not know enugh about cheeses.

    Ricotta is WHEY cheese, even if can carry the name of cheese. So it’s not made directly from milk, then from liquid remaining after milk has been curdled (cheese extracted from milk).

    Cheers.
    John

  26. Hi Drew,

    I work for an infographic agency called NeoMam Studios and we’re currently producing a piece called ‘Around the World in 29 Cheeses’. We’d love to include your photo of Le Mamirolle (https://canadacheeseman.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/le-mamirolle-the-canadian-version/). We’d reference the image back to you and include a link to your blog.

    Please let me know if we have your permission to use the photo under the above conditions.

    Thanks!
    Lizzie

  27. rene ritchot says:

    HI I just joined your blog, I love cheese too, just a regular guy I am. Wanted to share that I just went to Ireland and found the cute little cheese shop in Dingle, and was full of goats cheese, and seaweed and incredible blue cheese. I was a gem and all these cheeses were from local producers for local people and are never exported. It was very local, and not to mention delicious. We drove for a entire day in the hills eating chease and baguette. yummy. Even brought some home. I can post a picture of the shop if interested.
    Also live by the trappists monks that still make OKA chees the original way, not like the cheese factory in OKA. Delish. GIve it a taste one day.

    Have a great day.

  28. Just found your blog as I recently bought the Zerto Rotola but was trying to figure out how to serve it.

    Great blog! If you’re ever up in the Saguenay Region of Quebec, visit Fromagerie Boivin in La Baie. Their cheese is amazing and the curds I eat by the pound. haha

    Cheers!

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