Monday, August 24, 2009

A Few Discoveries

I'd like to share a few discoveries with you since coming back to Bellingham. Coincidentally, they have to do with food - this little city does quite well for itself in that area.

Our local food co-op opened a location just a couple minutes from my mom's place while I was away, and being the grocery shopaholic I am, it's a delightful place to go.

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On Saturday I was in search of apples for a compote I was making, so when a mound of local organic Ginger Gold apples caught my eye in the produce area, I made sure to add an extra one to my bag to eat fresh and crunchy.

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At home I sliced up the spare apple and passed a couple juicy slices on to my mom. Thankfully it occurred to me before we got any further into oohing and aahing that this apple would probably pair perfectly with the Whiskey Cheddar in our cheese drawer. And, oh, was I right!

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The cheese came from my other Bellingham discovery in the past week: a superb little cheese shop in Fairhaven called Quel Fromage. It's small but pristine with clean white walls and a beautiful cheese case, filled with goat, sheep, and cow milk cheeses in all forms and textures. While I was there, per recommendation of my sister, I picked up a Bucherondin and my previously-mentioned Whiskey Cheddar. Both are amazing, but the cheddar leaped ahead in favor when placed alongside a slice of crisp green Ginger Gold apple and eaten in one harmonious bite.

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If you don't have a specialty cheese location where you could possibly track down, or request, a Whiskey Cheddar (this one comes from County Limerick in Ireland), then at least make sure you buy some good sharp cheddar cheese as you head into fall. As the apple season peaks, this is one of my favorite snacks.

5 comments:

Tori said...

oh man, i'm doing a two week detox that involves not eating dairy...& that cheese looks...so...good..
haha.

what a neat looking grocery store!(i, too, am kind of partial to them)

Michelle Stiles said...

I am so excited that you are back in this beautiful little corner of the world. The new coop is a gema nd close to my work so it is a treat now and again. Bellingham has so much to offer! Don't forget to get some fresh u-pick blue berries because they are on their way out.
On the topic of great Bellingham spots.... have you been to the Temple Bar? It is my favorite spot right now, food is great, great selection of wines/beer, decor makes me all soft and romantic, they play Rufus Wainright.....Right around the corner is the Black Drop, the coffee will knock your socks off. It is perfect! Oh I could go on and on about what Bellingham has to offer!

Lael said...

Tori: The cheese really is good, but I won't rub it in at this moment :)

Michelle: Thanks for all the recommendations! I love the Temple Bar and Black Drop, but have only been to each place once so they're on my list for this visit too! Visits to B'ham should definitely check them out.

Rachael said...

Ooooh, aaaah,...delicious!

richlisad said...

Lael - You are making me hungry again...it was great seeing you!