Netflix and Cheese

As temperatures cool, we’re more and more inclined to crawl on the couch and tune in to what Netflix has to offer. Whether you have a honey to share your binging with, we have some cheese that would like to crash the viewing party. TGIF (thank god it’s Fall), so we can Netflix and Cheese.

Orange is the New Black | Cotswold

For obvious reasons in coloring, Cotswold pairs perfectly with the required orange jumpsuits the ladies of Litchfield wear. Cotswold is a cheddar type cheese infused with onion and chives to give it a little kick, similar to the spice you’ll find with each character on OITNB. Ultimately Cotswold is so good, you keep coming back for more, and at $15/lb you can stock up to last you through your entire binge session.

The Crown | Windsor Red Cheddar

Reigning Queen Elizabeth II and main character on The Crown is a member of the House of Windsor, so what better pairing than a cheese honoring her family’s moniker? With it’s pink hue and infusions of port and brandy, Windsor Red Cheddar is fit for a queen; nibble away HRH.

Arrested Development | Moody Blue

Moody Blue, it’s all in the name- The Blu(e)ths are a moody bunch, and can anyone forget about Tobias’s blue man group phase? All we need to do is stuff some olives with this cheese and throw them in our vodka martini a la the least maternal matriarch ever, Lucille.

Peaky Blinders | Guinness Cheddar

How to you pay homage to a legend like Thomas Shelby, legally? You could head to the Garrison, belly up to the bar and drink a pint of Guinness, or save yourself the money on a trans-Atlantic flight and get some Guinness Cheddar at Symons.

Wild Wild Country | Goat Milk Gouda

Now this pairing is a bit of a stretch- our Goat Milk Gouda is made in Washington, a neighbor to Oregon where Bhagwan Rajneesh located his controversial religious group. Like this documentary, our goat milk gouda is eye opening and addictive, so much so you’ll start calling it your goat milk guru.

We have three cheddars on the list, and that’s no mistake- ‘tis the season for red wine and a hearty variety. If you haven’t already, come grab some cheese and a bottle for your next night in (tonight).

If Northern Michigan were a cheese...

Summertime in Northern Michigan is so magical, Bob Seger and Kid Rock have both sang its praises. We feel this same passion for our cheese varieties, and figured since we haven’t seen a hit single about cheddar on the radio, we would pay homage to our favorite dairy friends with a Northern Michigan summertime activity and cheese pairing.

Beach + Prairie Breeze Cheddar

The beach is a mainstay in Northern Michigan, a classic destination for anyone visiting the region. Prairie Breeze Cheddar is just that- classic, reliable and a good go-to. It is also our best selling cheese, kind of like the fan-favorite beaches on the shore of inland lakes, Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.

Sunset + Glacier Wildfire Blue

Few sunsets are as iconic as the ones in Northern Michigan, a fiery orange hue cast over a glowing body of water. This blue cheese has a pleasant traditional blue flavor and a burst of heat on the end from the red pepper flakes dispersed throughout. 

Boating + Delice de Bourgogne 

Delice de Bourgogne is a triple cream Brie, hailing from France. Its smooth and buttery, just like a scenic boat tour on our many bodies of Pure Michigan water. It pairs well with champagne and many craft beers as does an evening cruise over the deep blue yonder.

Camping + Idiazabal

One of the best parts of camping is the smell of campfire, clinging to your clothes, filling you with warmth again when you unpack and the smoke wafts from your backpack. Our idiazabal has the same smoked effect, aged next to a fireplace for six months from sheep’s milk in the hills of Spain.

Cruise 119 and "The Tunnel of Trees" + Fine Herb Gouda

A drive through the tunnel of trees is good for the soul. Make your way through the winding road to enjoy vast greenery and idyllic vistas of Lake Michigan. The delicately seasoned nettles in this cheese have long been known for their health benefits. This creamy, smooth Dutch cheese has a melodic feel, with specks of green herbs sprinkled throughout, much like the venture up and down the best coast in the Midwest.

Wake Surfing + Midnight Moon

Midnight Moon is a Gouda style, and given it’s made from pasteurized goat’s milk, one might think it is going to be bold and pungent, however it’s very approachable and smooth with flavors of caramel. Wake surfing has that same presumptive difficulty and inaccessibility, but once you try it, you realize with some swift ease you can be the star of your own boating video.

Cycling + Morbier

Just like the Tour de France, this French cheese is a test of endurance. Spanning over an entire 24 hour period, the milking process is separated by vegetable ash, with the evening milking on the bottom and the following morning's milking on top. While cycling in Northern Michigan can be more leisurely, like taking a trip around Mackinac Island, there are plenty of journeys for avid cyclists to test their chops. Clip in and start peddling but be sure to stop along the way and enjoy this semi soft cow's milk cheese. 

Can't choose just one cheese or one activity? Us either. We can make up a tray incorporating a custom assortment of any of the cheeses in our case. Come in, whether it's by boat, bike or car and try some for your next adventure! 


Tom-ay-to, Tom-ah-to

What do you like better- football or tomato season? Trick question, we love them both in Michigan. Every Friday we walk a few blocks up to the farmer's market where row upon row is littered with freshly picked heirlooms, romas and other local varieties, returning to the store with armfuls of our favorite vine-grown friends. 

One of the best ways to enjoy heirloom tomatoes is with a caprese salad- an appetizer that has become synonymous with late summer. We added fresh basil, also from the farmer's market, Buffalo Mozzarella and FINI Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, both of which you can find at Symons.

Modifications: substitute the mozzarella with avocado (vegan friendly), or use burrata cheese for an extra creamy option.


Moving on to the main attraction, spaghetti with fresh romas. We want the tomatoes to be the star of the show, so we tossed our Marella pasta, imported from Puglia, Italy with just some Colavita EVOO and salt, incorporating the flash fried romas and topped with fresh basil and grated Mantova Parmigiano Reggiano. 

Pro Tip: We have packaged parmesan, but if you are cooking for one (hand raised), we can slice any amount of parmesan from our cheese case for you. 

The only missing ingredient is wine! Visit our cellar and choose from a selection of over 400 varieties- local, domestic and imported. 


Here's a schedule of area farmer's markets where you can find fresh tomatoes for these dishes: 

Petoskey: every Friday, 8:30am - 1pm, on Howard between Mitchell and Michigan (literally one block from our store)

Harbor Springs: every Wednesday & Saturday, 9am - 1pm, at State and Main

Charlevoix: every Thursday, 8am - 1pm, in East Park

Check back next week for more recipes and food-inspired fun!

Coming Soon to Shelves Near You

In case you haven't noticed, it's January and not as busy as other times of the year. We're looking at you July. So what keeps us excited during the slower winter months? NEW STUFF!! Our team is back from the insanely huge and inspiring Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, and with them, they bring anticipation of new lines, new products and new ideas that are about to start rolling into the store. We are so eager to share with all of you, our ever loyal customers, these new, unique, delicious and even exclusive items! So keep up to date on what's arriving. Come in and see us, check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and read these Symons Says posts to see what new arrivals are in! 

 Catalogs are just the beginning of the fun. . . .

Catalogs are just the beginning of the fun. . . .