Sicily: First Impressions

I came to Sicily to eat cheese from morning to night. So far, that has not been difficult. We arrived at dawn, the mountains washed in apricot light. The terrain I saw around me as I stepped out of the plane looked rugged and time-worn, the mountains smooth as if shaped by butter knives. In […]

Nine Cheese Finds in Fishtown

Philadelphia’s most esteemed food reviewer, Craig Laban, wrote about my neighborhood several weeks ago for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Hot on his heels, am I. After all, Fishtown was a dairy desert when I moved here 10 years ago. Now, it’s a cheese (and baguette) lover’s oasis, as long as you know where to look. Here is my […]

Inside the Diary of Mary Quicke

For many years, I’ve been a loyal reader of Mary’s Diary — the blog written by Mary Quicke, maker of Quicke’s Traditional Cheddar. She posts monthly about her farm in Devon, England, and I’ve always been impressed by two things: her connection to the land and her stunning vocabulary. Well, it turns out Mary pursued […]

A British Cheese Odyssey Begins

I am off to England this week for my first tour with Cheese Journeys! If you’d like to tag along, follow @CheeseJourneys on Instagram. Our travel odyssey begins tomorrow and runs through October 4, and we’ll be hitting some of the best cheesemakers and cheese shops around Devon, Somerset, and London. My co-conspirators include Di Bruno Bros. VP Emilio Mignucci, […]

Cheese on Your Pillow

Every now and again, a cheese courtesan must rest. Let me tell you about my best summer sleep. Picture an inn on a lake at the end of a winding road — cows graze, roses bloom, you can hear the sound of cocktail glasses clinking when you enter the lobby. And when you reach your room […]