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 […]

Three Stars from Neal’s Yard

You know how I feel about rinds. Take a moment to admire the coats on these three British royals — Montgomery’s Cheddar, Gorwydd Caerphilly, and Berkswell. To me, their moldy jackets are far more interesting than anything at Fashion Week. Thank Neal’s Yard Dairy, Britain’s premier aging house. Their affineurs are like tailors for cheese […]

Brainy Rinds for Nerd Nite

Watch out, I’m getting ready to trot out some wild cheese. Come geek out on rinds with me on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Philadelphia’s Nerd Nite, hosted by Frankford Hall. I’ll be talking about five styles of cheese with odd bodies, strange hair, and other captivating characteristics. Here’s the line-up: Doors open at 6:45, […]