Say Cheese!

What special ingredient makes pizza, pastas, paninis, calzones, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and nachos so good?
It’s the CHEESE!
Cheese is so versatile in that you can eat it in so many different ways and it can be delicious any way you slice it, dice it or melt it!
Similar to the wide varieties and complexities of wine, cheese can fall into unique categories based on the texture and the process for which it’s made. Here are a few cheese varieties that we offer and some great pairing suggestions, so tell us which ones you prefer!

Fresh Cheese
Mozzarella
An Italian tradition and American favorite. Mozzarella is a pulled or spun cheese that is moist, sweet and buttery.
Milk: Cow or Water Buffalo
Serving Suggestions: Drizzle with olive oil and serve with tomatoes
Pairing: Chardonnay or Chianti

Chevre
A soft, fresh, goats’ milk cheese with high moisture content and a crumbly or spreadable texture. Chevre has a tangy, refreshing flavor.
Milk: Goat
Serving Suggestions: Lovely topping for salads, pasta or crostini
Pairing: Sauvignon or Pinot Blanc

Semi-Soft Cheese
Creamy Havarti
A traditional semi-soft cheese with a mild, buttery flavor and open lacy texture.
Milk: Cow
Serving Suggestions: Ideal sliced or melted on sandwiches
Pairing: Chardonnay or Merlot

Gouda
A traditional creamy semi-soft cheese. When young, the flavor is mild and easy to enjoy. Aging for six months or longer produces a granular texture and a slightly sweet caramel flavor.
Milk: Cow
Serving Suggestions: Great table or snacking cheese with salami
Pairing: Merlot or Brown Ale

Semi-Firm Cheeses
Edam
A smooth, slightly tangy cheese. Similar to young Gouda but is not quite as creamy in texture.
Milk: Cow
Serving Suggestions: A great snacking cheese which melts well.
Pairing: Pinot Noir or Dark Beer

Cave Aged Gruyere
Aged for over a year in the Kallbach Caves in Switzerland, this cheese has a concentrated and balanced flavor with nuances of fruit and toasted nuts.
Milk: Cow
Serving Suggestions: The perfect Fondue Cheese.
Pairing: Rielsing or Kirsch

Hard or Firm:
Asiago
A mild and firm cheese that grates well. It is similar to young parmesan and is a pleasant alternative to sprinkle over pizza or pasta.
Milk: Cow
Serving Suggestions: Grate and use as a condiment
Pairing: Light and fruity Red Wines

Pecorino Romano
Made from 100% sheeps’ milk, the flavor of Pecorino is bold and salty. Pecorino is aged for nine months and is the perfect topping for Italian dishes.
Milk: Sheep
Serving Suggestions: Grate over pasta, salads or soups
Pairing: Chianti or bold Italian Red Wines

Washed-Rind Cheese
Limburger
A German washed rind cheese that has a moist, reddish exterior with an assertive, pungent aroma and very robust flavor.
Milk: Cow
Serving Suggestions: Serve with crusty dark bread.
Pairing: Spicy white wines or Hefeweizen

Taleggio
A famous washed-rind cheese from Northern Italy. Its orange rind surrounds a smooth, dense, spreadble paste with a complex blend of bread-like, fruity notes.
Milk: Cow
Serving Suggestions: Enjoy with fruit, nuts or slice on breads.
Pairing: Chianti, Ale or Dry Stout

Bloomy-Rind
Camembert
A soft ripened cheese originating in Normandy, France. The paste is creamy and smooth when ripe and has a hint of mushroom and more pungency than brie.
Milk: Cow
Serving Suggestions: Great on any cheeseboard
Pairing: Syrah or Hard Cider

Brie
The characteristic edible white rind ripens the interior of this cows’ milk cheese to a soft, smooth perfection.
Milk: Cow
Serving Suggestions: Spread on a Baguette or serve with fresh fruit.
Pairing: Champagne or Syrah

Blue Cheese
Stilton
England’s famous blue-veined cheese with a creamy and tangy flavor.
Milk: Cow
Serving Suggestions: Crumble on salads, meats or serve with fruit.
Pairing: Pinot Noir or Port

Roquefort
An ancient sheeps’ milk blue cheese from South Central France. Crafted with care and aged in the caves of Combalou. Roquefort is the perfect balance of salt, butter and blue.
Milk: Sheep
Serving Suggestions: Superb with honey comb and roasted nuts
Pairing: Sauternes or Stout

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We came to Oahu for the sun and beaches but we went to Foodland! On our way around the island for a drive we pulled into Aina Haina Foodland. What a beautiful store. Excellent range and selection of products. We ended up buying breakfast and lunch for the day. We spent a wonderful time at the deli section talking to the demonstrators over cheese. They had a selection of cheddars, parmesan and brie that were delicious. The demonstrators clearly enjoyed their work as we had a lot of fun talking and sampling. We picked up a good wine and a baguette to go with our choices. Thanks for making our day extra special. Grant and Lynn McCormack, Surrey, BC.

I agree that Havarti is the best cheese melted on a sandwich or panini! Yum! Thanks for all the great suggestions on wine pairing, I'll have to try a few.

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Say Cheese!

What special ingredient makes pizza, pastas, paninis, calzones, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and nachos so good?
It’s the CHEESE!
Cheese is so versatile in that you can eat it in so many different ways and it can be delicious any way you slice it, dice it or melt it!
Similar to the wide varieties and complexities of wine, cheese can fall into unique categories based on the texture and the process for which it’s made. Here are a few cheese ... more »

Let us break bread together

Take it from me, the key to a great sandwich starts with great bread. Fortunately, you can find world renowned bread from the original La Brea Bakery right here at home in Hawaii. La Brea Bakery first opened its doors in Los Angeles in 1989, and today you can still enjoy the same bread made by the original starter Chef Nancy Silverton anytime. Just stop by any of our Foodland locations and select from a wide variety of delicious breads. Here's what we have available ... more »

Quick Favorites

I know that a lot of people here in Hawaii, like myself, are really active and busy. I don’t know about you guys, but a lot of times I find myself not having much time to eat and always grabbing something on the go. It’s not easy to find food that’s quick, and tasty, but I know that I can always rely on our deli to prepare something that’s delicious and can be eaten without wasting time. Here are just a few of my Foodland Deli favorites: