Stinky Bklyn

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Stinky Bklyn has a very friendly atmosphere, stocking a variety of charcuterie, oils, sauces, and chocolates, as well as cheese. The staff seemed knowledgeable, eager to help and the quirky take on ratings, with each cheese given a "nose" factor to gauge its stinkiness, was entertaining.

In addition to the stinky factor, each cheese has a suggested wine pairing. The owners of Stinky Bklyn are also the owners of Smith & Vine, a wine shop across the street, making finding the right wine a breeze.

The only small disappointment was that, despite their commitment to other locally made products, the cheese case was almost entirely represented by Europe and distinctly lacked local artisinal cheeses. Regardless, the store has a friendly neighborhood feel that I loved and though their cheese selection wasn't overly unique, it's definitely a worthwhile trip for those in the area.

- Patrick, the Cheesemonger

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Sara Kate is the founding editor of The Kitchn. She co-founded the site in 2005 and has since written three cookbooks. She is most recently the co-author of The Kitchn Cookbook, to be published in October 2014 by Clarkson Potter.