True Life: I Am A Cheese Fiend
One time I went on a week long cleanse just to see if I could do it, and as you would probably guess, no cheese was allowed. In other words, it was the worst week of my life. The day after my cleanse ended, I went to this buffet…okay, stop judging me. It was probably not the best idea but it was Sweet Tomato…a “healthy” buffet. ANYWAYS, I tried to limit what I got, as much as you can at a place that’s all-you-can-eat, getting mostly soups and salads, but when I saw the cheesy focaccia bread, I was like “I deserve this!!!” Bread was another forbidden item I had missed dearly.
That first bite was heaven. I vowed never to leave cheese behind again. How could I when it tasted SO GOOD. I was probably a little bit delirious because of the 7-day cheese deprivation I had just endured, but also, cheese is one of the best things ever so there’s that.
So what was the point of that story? That I totally missed the point of cleansing? No. But maybe. Really the point is that cheese is one of my favorite things and life without it is a sad sad thing. Imagine my joy then when I was walking around the Flatiron District, smelled something delicious, looked up and saw a glorious sign staring down at me that said “Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.” Score!
Beecher’s, which is also in Seattle, has a store and a cafe on the first level (and you can also watch people actually making cheese here) and then in the basement is “The Cellar” which is the fancier restaurant area. I met up a friend here during my lunch break and we grabbed some things from the cafe where they serve their famous mac ‘n cheese, salads, soups, and sandwiches. I ordered the small size of the mac ‘n cheese, which is definitely their most popular menu item and billed as “World’s Best,” award-winning, and some people even say Oprah’s favorite. I also got a fig & cheese sandwich because I was curious how they did grilled cheese here.
The mac ‘n cheese was made with penne pasta, instead of the traditional elbow macaroni, and Beecher’s award-winning Flagship cheese. It was saucy, creamy, thick, decadent, rich, and all those glorious things. While yes, I guess technically it is mac ‘n cheese, it seemed more like an alfredo pasta dish. But I’m not complaining! It was so heavy that the small size was definitely enough for me, and I guess even more so because I ate more cheese with my sandwich. My fig & cheese was nicely grilled on a panini press, and I liked the added sweetness of the fig. Seriously fig + cheese = a good idea.
Needless to say, I had a major food coma after this one. From one cheese-obsessed person to the next, all cheese lovers must pay Beecher’s a visit.
8 oz “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese, fig & cheese grilled sandwich
New York, NY 10003