Green Tea and Goat Cheese

In late March, I went to an unusual tea party. The hostess served grassy tea with — no, not scones or cake — cheese. Two beautiful goat cheeses, alongside a quartet of glorious green teas. The event was billed as a green tea class, taught by my friend Alexis of Teaspoons and Petals, but it […]

Kimcheese!

If you’ve ever wanted to play with kimchi and cheese (and who hasn’t?), you might be interested in getting a ticket to Kimcheese!, a tasting that Amanda Feifer invited me to co-host for the Philadelphia Science Festival. Amanda writes about fermentation on her blog, Phickle, and last week she brought some samples by Di Bruno […]

Milk Oolong

In the mornings, I have been sipping a brand new tonic: Milk Oolong, a creamy tea from China. It smells like fresh milk and orchids, and it coats your mouth like silk. Lately, I’ve been trying to scale back on coffee (Madame F. can get a little flibbity-jibbity on caffeine), and Milk Oolong satisfies the craving. It’s […]

Three Cheese Finds in Philly

It fell upon Madame F. to do jury duty this week, which made for a lot of down time in dank City Hall. Of course, I packed a little cheese to eat on breaks, but I also fell into long spells of reverie as I thought about some of my favorite cheese haunts. Let me […]

Best Bites of Brewer’s Plate

Sunday night brought out the beards and bellies for Brewer’s Plate 2013. I put on loose-fitting pants and grabbed Monsieur Fromage for a promenade around the National Constitution Center, a space where civic education and fermentation meet once a year for Philadelphia’s rowdiest night of pairings. Area brewers roll in the barrels, chefs supply farm-fresh […]