One of the best Christmas presents I ever received was a gift certificate to a delightful shop in Tecumseh, because otherwise I may never have stopped in and discovered this gem. The Boulevard Market is a small shop that is brimming with delicious treats. You'll discover Artisanal cheeses, imported beers from around the world, special chocolates, spreads, tampanades, wines, salamis, olive oils, vinegars, fig cakes, pastas, coffees, herbs and on and on...
When I arrived with gift certificate in hand, I was greeted by the very friendly and knowledgeable owners, I had no idea which cheeses I would want from the awesome array in front of me. I decided to pick up several different kinds for Christmas since I was having the family over for dinner. Erika helped me put together a selection of varied tastes and styles, from cow to sheep to goat, soft to firm, sweet to pungent. The best part is the constant tasting, they encourage you to taste before buying and they never rush you. Offering a sliver of this and a tiny scoop of that, yum, I could stay there all day just making my way through the choices.
After gathering all my cheeses, off I went to look over the beers. My brother considers himself a connoisseur of the beverage and I wanted to find some beers that he had never tasted before. All of my family lives in the suburbs of Detroit, larger more sophisticated areas than my little small town, but I knew with this new find, I could come up with options to rival their fancy shops. The selection is huge and constantly changing and the best part is you can mix and match to make your own six pack for $10.00. I selected six different varieties, again mixing up the tastes, some dark, some light, some strong, you get the idea. That became the first of the family beer tasting parties. Everyone had a taste of each beer and rated them, it was fun and mixed with the excellent cheeses, delicious. Now, I stop in whenever we are going to have a family get together it has become expected that I will be bringing new beers for another tasting. John and Erika are always ready to offer their help on which will be interesting to try and since I don't drink myself, that is great for me.
I need to finish this post soon because I just picked up one of John's homemade goat cheeses plus a wonderful french herbal soft cheese that I am addicted to and they are calling my name. John makes a number of the cheeses they carry in his Four Corners Creamery, located right in the same building. You must try his homemade butter, its creamy and just perfect. Finding local, fresh, quality produce like this is an added treat.
Next time you are invited over to someone's home for dinner and want to bring along something really special, stop into the market, anything you find there will be unique, delicious and appreciated. The big city has nothing on us now, we can munch with the best of them!
The shop is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays except Thursday when hours are until 7:30 p.m. Hours on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.boulevardmarket.com
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