Foodventurous: The Cheese Shop DSM

Last weekend, my husband and I decided to take a little road trip to Norwalk, Iowa, to check out La Quercia Handcrafted Cured Meats, home of award-winning prosciutto. It probably sounds a bit strange to take an adult field trip to a meat curing facility, but I had somehow gotten the idea that they also had a small deli that sells sandwiches featuring their products. I was disappointedly wrong. It happens. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So, stomachs rumbling, we decided to drive North into Des Moines (luckily not a long drive) and try another place I have been wanting to visit, The Cheese Shop of Des Moines. I had stopped in there once before just to see what the shop was like, so I knew they served La Quercia products. It is a very small shop, but that just adds to its appeal. You can stop in and they will help you pick out meats, cheeses, spreads, wine and beer to take home or to a party, or you can sit down and order from their menu. My favorite thing about this shop is the knowledge that the owners and staff will share with you about the products.

Here is one of my favorite things about smaller food shops: as they bring other customers their food, you get to see it and hear the description of their choices.

But reaching over and asking if you can try their choices is not okay. Just sayin’.

So I accomplished my goal of enjoying some La Quercia prosciutto (left picture, far left) and trying a variety of their featured products, as well as some of my husband’s Burrata sandwich (HE allows me to reach over and try his food).

The Cheese Shop is located in a small strip mall on 42nd Street known as the Shops at Roosevelt along with several other shops/restaurants I love. The breads in the pictures above come from a neighboring shop called La Mie Bakery (try the olive ciabatta and the quiche) and Vom Fass (oils, vinegars and spirits).  Talk about one-stop shopping (technically three stops but all in a row): bread, meat, cheese, spirits …

Oh and did I mention, The Cheese Shop offers picnic baskets?

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Anita Hinkeldey McVey

From the farm in Alta ... to college in Ames ... to the suburbs of Des Moines in Waukee ... I am an Iowa girl through and through. I married the cute, but quiet, guy who made me laugh out loud in Statistics class and we have two awesome, but terribly sarcastic, boys. In 1999, I quit my research job to be home with those active boys. Staying home allowed me to spend more time preparing meals, trying new recipes and striving to serve healthier options for my family. Now that my boys are men ... well, "adults" anyway ... and my husband still appreciates what I accomplish at home, I have time to explore my creative side and knock "writing a blog" off my bucket list. I love trying new things, traveling, gardening, reading and clean countertops. I love baseball (watching, not playing) and concession stands. Choosing a favorite food is impossible but if I was forced to pick just one, it would be pie! I thank God that He has led me to this place. Here's to a new adventure and hopes that others will be able to use what I post to discover the benefits of family meals and living a picnic life.

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