Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop

Wasn't trying to get that woman's rear end in the photo, but not sad that I did.
My sincere apologies for the dearth of updates in this lull between Thanksgiving and Christmas, for many Americans the high holy holidays of cooking regardless of creed or lack thereof.

Nothing against Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor Day, all important celebrations of meat and fire (and if you asked me, I welcome the inclusion of St. Patrick's, Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day, Diwali and other celebrations around the world because I'm one of those inclusive liberal types not constantly shitting my pants whenever I hear a language spoken that I might not understand. Looking at you, the rest of America).

Anyhow, last we rapped (or wrapped, haha, get it?) I was talking about cheese, and since I haven't had time to think about much else between work, a sick parent and things basically falling into chaos I give you a quick write up for Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood.

The first thing most folks will notice is the carnival style caricatures adorning the kitchen walls and several of their real-life doppelgängers manning various stations behind the service counter.

I visited with Steph Crebo of Madm'z'elles Poutine one Sunday and I perused their shelves (okay, wandered around hacking portals in Ingress) while she shopped.

Steph tells me that the proprietors hail from the south, and I believe it considering the amount of pecans, raw peanuts and pork products abounding. Another dead giveaway is the four large glass jars filled with different styles of pickled eggs – a delicacy in the eyes of any salt of the earth gourmand that soon a chorus of lazy writers will be assailing as the next hipster trend...

...If pickled eggs do become trendy, and I predict they will, then good. Eggs are a cheap form of protein and next to eating bugs and bivalves far less damaging to the environment than our national (and world wide) obsession with Big Industrial Meat.

(Not that the chicken farming industry is blameless, mind you.)

If you find yourself in Oakland (and you might, if you currently live in San Francisco, thanks to rent increases), check these folks out!


Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop
4935 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609 (510) 653-1353


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