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The Dutch (Manhattan, NYC)

Posted by Maddie on October 5, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (120)

When you're in college, it's hard to leave the bubble of campus. Your classes, professors, friends, books, and bed are within 10 blocks of campus. There's no real reason to leave if everything is so conveniently close. 

But, on breaks like Fall Break, I leave the bubble to go home for a long weekend. And whenever I'm home, I'm welcomed back into Manhattan with a tasty, cheese-filled dinner at either a new trendy restaurant or at one of my family's old loves. I've heard ...

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Fig & Olive Cheese Plate

Posted by Maddie on September 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (552)

I thoroughy enjoyed the selection of crostini appetizers and the foccacia with a tasting of three olive oils, the cheese plate wasn't as satisfying. Why? The small portion. While the cheese plate selection consisted of five cheeses that created a well-rounded combination (Fromage De Chevre (Goat), Robiola (Cow), Manchego (Sheep), Gorgonzola Dolce (Cow), and Rochetta (Cow, Sheep, Goat), the size was surprisingly small--I felt like I was almost eating the scraps Zabar's cheese counter hands out...

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Sorry, I'm a Cheese Stickler... (An Entry in the form of Prose)

Posted by Maddie on August 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (81)

Being at college has greatly reduced my exposure to cheese. Back home in Manhattan, I lived across the street from a gourmet cheese shop. After high school each day -- it literally was every day --I visited the cheese shop in search for a cheese I haven't tried (which was rare) or chose one of my old favorites that I was craving in class earlier that day. Whatever the cheese, I've always bought in small quantity, asking for roughly .225 to .25 pounds. I have a weird habit which drives my pare...

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Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue, I Love You

Posted by Maddie on June 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (99)

I was ecstatic when I found out that Citarella was selling Rogue Creamery's Smokey Blue. I normally only indulge in blue cheese at restaurants in small quantities, but this is one of the special few times when I actively ask the cheese guy at Citerella for a half a pound of blue to bring home and (almost) finish before dinner. A c...

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Parc Brasserie (Rittenhouse Square)

Posted by Maddie on April 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (73)

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of eating at Parc Brasserie in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. It was a great atmosphere and I ate my carbs for the month in this one sitting. No surprise, when I saw the French artisan cheese on the menu, I knew a cheese plate would be my entree. After we ordered, we were graced with a full basket of bread just for our table. Because eating bread with cheese mutes the cheeses' flavor, I had multiple slices before sampling cheese. 

Tonight's chee...

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Osteria Morini - Soho, NYC

Posted by Maddie on August 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (77)

After having a mini cheese fast (In Hawaii, I choose sashimi over cheese :-0 !!), I have resumed my cheese habit. With my family, we ventured to Manhattan's Soho to restaurant Osteria Morini (Chef Michael White : ). As any cheeselover would do, I ordered a cheese plate as my entree dish.

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Cheese & CSI:NY: Mistaking Cheese for Cocaine ("White Gold")

Posted by Maddie on February 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (66)

CSI: NY's " White Gold" (Season 9 Ep 13 ) Air Date: 02/01/13

On the CSI:NY episode that aired on 02/03/13, "White Gold," there were deaths due to cheese because the ground mozzarella looked like cocaine. The episode's title, "White Gold" refers to cheese smuggled from the U.S. to Canada because of cheaper prices in the U.S.. Apparently, according to the show's plot, the pizzeria owner (whose nephew was killed) said that "greaseballs" came in here and spoke about how c...

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Terzo Piano Was Too Hard of an Act to Follow for Cafe Spiaggia (Chicago)

Posted by Maddie on January 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (99)

On New Years Eve, my family had dinner at Cafe Spiaggia. I heard that Cafe Spiaggia had a phenomenal cheese selection, which is ultimately why we decided to come here for dinner, but I was not impressed at all. Maybe because it was NYE, and there was a set cheese plate? However, the selected cheeses were all mild, boring, and the three cheeses tasted the same: bland. You would think that on an important holiday, Cafe Spiaggia would bring out their selection's finest. I found myself enjoying t...

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Cheese & Art: Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago

Posted by Maddie on January 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (519)

Over winter break, my family and I went to Chicago. It was our first time being in the Midwest (asides from stopping at the Chicago O'Hare airport on our usual trips West) and we had a great time. We had great food--great cheese and deep dish pizza-- and we decided that we want to go back soon--just during a warmer season. I now understand why Chicago is nicknamed the Windy City.

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T-Giving Break: Lancmarc Restaurant (Time Warner Center, NYC)

Posted by Maddie on December 3, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (118)

Whenever I come back to Manhattan for break, I'm upset to leave the comfort of my new home--my college campus, but happy to come back to family and good food. My third night back, the first night being the night of the Debutante Ball, I convinced my parents to go to Landmarc, which is in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. After a ton of Black Friday shopping, we had an early and much needed dinner at Landmarc, where I ordered my go-to entree: a cheese plate. Here are the 5 cheeses on ...

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T-Giving Break: Waldorf Astoria Hotel for Deb Ball

Posted by Maddie on November 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (326)

Over Thanksgiving Break, I was invited to a Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria. So happy they had goat cheese as an appetizer! And it was a huge chunk too. 

Quick Snack: Melted Fontina and French Raclette

Posted by Maddie on July 6, 2012 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (123)

I like eating cheese the day I buy it. When I leave cheese in the refrigerator over night, the flavor is muted. However, there is a quick trick to collecting that flavor again--by melting it! I use the leftover cheeses, cube them and place them evenly on crackers; my favorite type of crackers are the stoned wheat type which adds nutty flavor. After I microwave the cheeses on the crackers for 40 seconds, I drizzle lavender honey in a zig zag pattern on the crackers. Enjoy!!

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Benoit (Midtown NYC): Three Courses of Cheese

Posted by Maddie on June 22, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (125)

For my graduation dinner, my family and I made a reservation for Benoit, which is located on West 55th St in Midtown NYC. In addition to the complimentary bread basket, waiters left us plates of bite-sized cheese puffs, which I downed like M&M's (picture 2). For my appetizer, I ordered the twice baked upside-down Comté cheese soufflé (picture 3). For my entree, I chose Benoit's three cheese plate (picture 4). From right to left, cheese 1 was a French Camembert, the middle wasAbb...

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