Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Little Fromage Homage

O, let us count the ways! A cheese-addicted friend & I plan to celebrate some good news and for us, party-hearty happiness is just 1 bite away (of brie, Taleggio, Midnight Moon, Kasseri, etc :))

Confession: I wanted to go to the moon - made of cheese - with lovable, claymat-ed Wallace (above) and his dog Gromit, in A Grand Day Out. As Wallace would say, "Crackin' cheese, Gromit."

Wallace & Gromit's lunar cheese picnic (I want a dog like Gromit!)

I blame my cheesy love affair on New York food nirvana, Fairway, which was near my old flat. Their cheese counters (above) are so seductive, they inspired writer/historian Simon Schama to gush:
"...nothing comes close to the Fairway cheese department... the mountainous cheese counter, a ziggurat of whiffy gorgeousness, Celtic Promise to Humboldt Fog... The labels are written with the erudition of ethnographers...singing songs of rinds...and brine-washed wheels. Only in New York would medieval Portuguese literature be thought a strong selling point for a cheese (Serra da Estrela, 'made by hand only at night by lamplight')."
It's lethal stuff, that cheese (and who can resist anything lethal?) :)

(Schama's cheese ode appeared in the November 11, 2001 issue of NY Times Magazine. Images via Gourmet Gal, Sydney Morning Herald, Roots Rain, Larry Wagner Photo, WallaceAndGromit.net, WallaceandGromit.com and 1hr photo.)

30 comments:

Melissa said...

Haha, love this post title! Hooray for cheese!

Fabíola Beltrão said...

i love cheese.


xoxo

Lee Oliveira said...

I have clicked on the right website..
Love cheeese..
Great blog
LOx

lisa said...

My idea of a candy store!!!
Looks soooooo good!

Stacey said...

Oh Jude, this post is a delight! I'm addicted to cheese. When i was pregnant, i had to avoid natural cheese and that was so difficult for me to do. That first pic has me drooling:-). I just know we could have some fun times going out to eat or better yet cooking up a storm for mutual dinner parties! Muah! Love this post(i guess you can tell:-)). Happy Wednesday!

kirstyb said...

great post xxxx

Jude said...

Hi Melissa - haha, thanks - I do adore that fromage!!

Hi Fabiola - likewise! (I think I love it too much :)

Hi Lee - thank you for dropping by! I do love that cheesy stuff too :)

Hi Lisa - I love the candy store analogy! So perfect, that's JUST what it is. :)

Hi Stacey - oh my goodness, you have amazing willpower - I would've been devastated if I had to deny myself cheese (for 8 months!) I know we'd have such fun times going out to eat (I am a bottomless pit! :) Happy Wed to you too! :) :)

Hi Kirsty - thanks so much! I guess I'm a bit obsessed with cheese :)

Nicole said...

Wow, Fairway looks like a REALLY cool place!!!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Mmmm...cheese!

Jude said...

Hi Nicole - Love that Fairway (they're addictive though :)) Thanks for dropping by!

Hi Connie - mmm is right! One of my favorite foods :)

K and S said...

love that W&G episode :)

Torie Jayne said...

Great post! I love cheese, Have a sweet day!

Jude said...

Hi Kat - I LURVE that W&G episode! Those two are so adorable (and I love that they love cheese :))

Hi Torie Jayne - thanks for dropping by! Yes, it's hard to beat cheese :)

AB HOME Interiors said...

Brie is one of my favorites! Pour me a glass of wine and give me some brie. I'd be one happy camper!

xo,
amanda

Pretty Pink Penguin said...

Great and delicious blogsite I discovered by chance. I love cheese, too. Irish cheeses are good, too. We certainly share the passion on foods !

FASHION DOOHICKEy said...

I love cheese! I love the smell of it! :D

Stacey said...

I agree re what you said on your in your second comment;-). So funny, i am a bottomless pit too!

Style, She Wrote said...

I am in cheese heaven. Love this post. You definitely inspired me to incorporate some cheese into tonight's dinner! xo style, she wrote

Lucy said...

Love the title, love cheese. I tried to be a vegan once and realized that I'm not cut out for that kind of torture. I'd rather indulge :)

Jude said...

Hi Amanda - ooh, wine + brie = cheesy marriage made in heaven. mmm. :)

Hi Pretty Pink Penguin - thank you and oh yum, I have to check out the Irish cheeses! Thanks for dropping by!

Hi Fashion Doohickey - yes, I could stay in a cheese shop all day, taking in the aromas.

HI Stacey - hahaaa! I'd love it! (OK, full confession: it's one of my Jamaican friends who uses that nickname on me, now it's just caught on with other pals :)

Hi Style, She Wrote - cheese for dinner sounds luscious and lovely! Thanks for dropping by!

Hi Lucy - how funny! I've tried that too, but also couldn't...mainly from missing stuff like cheese and honey and and and... :)

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I love cheese- it is my biggest weakness- when I lived in switerland I ate fondue often- my fav cheese shop is The Cheese Shop in Santa Barbara-

Jude said...

Hi Ren - mmm, cheese fondue (and in Switzerland too, the land of fondue!) sounds absolutely divine. Thank you for the heads-up on The Cheese Shop in S. Barbara! (It's nice to eat one's way around the world :))

Café Bellini said...

Hahaha love that Wallace and Gromit story! And I love cheese, too, although sometimes the smell can be too overpowering...

D e g a i n e said...

I love cheese, especially Brie and Goat, if i had stands like that near my place I'd be there every day!

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angelcel said...

I've always said that I could give up most foods if I had to but good English tea and cheese are the two that definitely have to remain!

Jude said...

HI Cafe Bellini - I LOVE that Wallace & Gromit story! I used to be overpowered by the really stinky cheeses, but do love the smell now :)

Hi Degaine - haha, I do blame being near a cheese stand on my cheese obsession :) Thanks for dropping by!

Hi Angelcel - oh, I am with you on that one! :) I have no idea how folks function without some good strong English tea or nibble of cheese from time to time!

Bombay Beauty said...

I do love Fairway's cheese counter, but then again now I miss La Fromagerie in Marylebone, with the hypnotizing aroma of ageing cheese... bb

Jude said...

Hi Bombay Beauty -Ooh, I haven't visited La Fromagerie, but this is a great excuse to do so (love Marylebone and the aroma of cheese, the stinkier the better :))

Bron @ Baby Space said...

LOVE this post! My whole family (the man, the teen and the toddler) love Wallace and Gromit and cheese. The toddler walks around asking for 'crackin' toast'.

Jude said...

Hi Bron @ Baby Space -- Oh my goodness, that is the cutest thing ever! I bet you must smile crazily (at least on the inside) each time. Thanks so much for dropping by :)

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