Beemer (dr_tectonic) wrote,

Cheeeeeze, Grommit!

Had an excellent expedition up to Longmont on Sunday to go cheese shopping with zalena. She gave me a gift certificate to the Cheese Importers shop for my birthday to be used in her company, and we tried to schedule a date for it this summer... and they moved the shop! So it was closed down for a few weeks. And then we tried again, after the scheduled opening date -- and the opening was delayed! And then we both had busy calendars. So it took until now to make the date, but it was totally worth the delay.

We started off grabbing some lunch (both of us having skipped breakfast), but there are a surprising number of restaurants in the downtown area that are closed on Sunday at noon. We ended up at The Pumphouse, where I figured a bacon-and-egg burger was sufficiently breakfast-y. It was tasty. There was a lot of eye-candy there, too.

Then we bought cheese! And not just cheese; it's got all kinds of imported European edibles, including marmite! Hooray! I spent enough time looking at cheeses that I actually got pretty chilled, because it's all on display in a big cooler, but I figured if I was going to buy swank cheese, I wanted a good selection of both things I know I like and some adventuresome new stuff.

So let's see. I got a decent wedge of Jarlsberg, which I like more than regular Swiss, and some one-year aged Manchego, which should be excellent (haven't opened it yet). I also got some Harlech, which is a cheddar with horseradish and parsley. It's not something you'd eat the whole wedge of all at once, but I like it. I haven't tried the aged Borenkaas Gouda yet, but it looks enticingly strong. I got a small piece of Ubriacone, having no idea what it was supposed to taste like (it was in the scraps basket), but it was kinda purple. Turns out they poke holes in it and then dunk it in red wine! Not a new favorite, but I wasn't unhappy with it. And then I got some French triple-cream cheese, maybe a St. Andre? I forget because we ate it already. Uh-MAZ-ing. Almost more like butter than cheese. Absolutely decadent. SO GOOD.

So yeah. CHEESE! Plus a few chocolates and a very tasty macaron. And then we spent the rest of the afternoon just chatting, and it was quite lovely.

Other things: Played Descent 2.0 with Nick & Mel Sunday evening. I played Overlord and got really lucky with dice & cards and may be banned from further overlording.

Lost the oil cap off the Jetta when I forgot to put it back. (D'oh!) Happily, a generic replacement was only $5.

Antee Jean (DeRoo) and her traveling companion spent the night in our guest on her migration from Boston to Portland Thursday before last, which was fun. Visited Grandma that weekend.

Picked up Spacechem at Chris Floyd's suggestion and have found it quite enthralling, though I think my brain may be worn out on it for a bit at this point.

Had a Useful Shower Epiphany this morning and finally got my aggregation code to do something sensible with climatology dates today. And I even managed to refrain from punching my computer while doing it!
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