I love cheese. I can sit at a table with a block and some crackers and pick away all day til it's disappeared. Connecticut is a cheese-lover's heaven. We have some of the world's finest cheeses available within a half an hour of most of our homes. Here are 5 places to get your cheese fix in Connecticut:

1. Caseus Fromagerie Bistro - Have you flipped through your channels and happened upon The Big Cheese with Jason Sobocinski on the Cooking Channel? His restaurant Caseus is located in New Haven at 93 Whitney Avenue, smack dab in the Yale University area. This place is always packed, with good reason. Outstanding selection of cheeses. The bistro serves up incredible culinary delights. Top-Notch.

2. 109 Cheese and Wine - Two locations: 109 Danbury Road in Ridgefield, and also 14 North Main Street in Kent. Owned and operated by Cheesemonger Monica Brown, and her husband Todd, 109 serves up a wonderful selection of worldly cheeses and charcuterie products.

3. Fairfield & Greenwich Cheese Company - The Fairfield store is located at 2090 Post Road, and the Greenwich store is located in the Cos Cob section of town at 154 East Putnam Avenue. Owned and operated by Certified Cheese Professionals of the American Cheese Society Laura Downey and Chris Palumbo, expect a diverse collection of some of the finest cheese from around the world, but an emphasis has been put to stock the best American cheeses

4. The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook - Located at 33 Main Street in Centerbrook, which, I had to look at a map, is located right off of Route 9 and I-95, just North of Old Saybrook. Owner and Cheesemonger Paul Partica has been involved in the world of cheese since 1967. I would trust this man and his recommendations on that alone.

5. Madison Cheese - Located at 119 Samson Rock Drive in Madison. Another shoreline destination for you cheeseheads.

Well, it looks like the Connecticut shoreline has dominated the list, I guess the salt water of Long Island Sound attracts purveyors of fine sheep, cow, and goat cheese. Now, get your salted dried meats, olives, crackers, wafers, wine, bread, and whatever else you enjoy covering with the amazing cheeses that you can purchase at any of these places. Enjoy!