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There should be no beating around the bush on Valentine's Day. Not even with the cheeseboard. Rich, flavourful Neufchâtel has been made in France's Normandy region for more than 1,000 years. Denser than a Camembert in texture, younger versions will have a chalky centre, while riper versions will be smoother and stronger in flavour. It's guaranteed to express your true feelings for your favourite foodie (especially when paired with a flute of Champagne). Look for it at specialty cheese stores. Available at All the Best Fine Foods in Toronto, Les Amies de Fromage in Vancouver and Everything Cheese in Edmonton. There are also heart-shaped versions of Delice de Bourgogne to be had (if you're looking for triple cream decadence).

Sue Riedl blogs about cheese and other edibles at