Mt. Tam: This Uncouth Gourmand is usually quite the glutton, however, this weekend I experienced the delicacy of a cheese that could only be experienced in slow but indulgent doses. The cheese I am talking about is Mt Tam from the ladies at Cowboy Creamery in Northern California. It is described as “buttery with an earthiness and essence of white mushrooms”. It wasn’t the first time I’d tried this buttery beauty, but for some reason – I don’t know if it was the time or the place – but the cheese shook me. Shook, in a good way, that is. Its creaminess was unparalleled and I devoured it like the flesh of a lover you just can’t seem to get enough of. The downside is that it’s quite pricey; maybe $18. You can get it at your local Bristol Farms or here.
Burrata: If you live in the world AND have sized up any trendy menu in LA, you know that burrata is a chef’s meow. My over stimulation to burrata has forced me to boycotting it at restaurants. However, as I was compiling my list of favorite cheeses, I asked my Twitterazi friends about some suggestions and AtYour_Serice recommended Mozza’s burrata. It was at my desk at work that I relived my love for burrata almost immediately. It’s gooey yet firm on the outside. Yum! Downside: VERY short fridge life, but if you’re like me, it won’t make it past a day. I believe you can find pretty generic stuff at your neighborhood Trader Joe’s and if you want to splurge for the good stuff, any gourmet cheese shop like Nicole’s in South Pasadena carries it.
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