Friday, October 31, 2014

Learning the Culture: A Cheese Tour of France

"I like the French very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely.
- Josephine Baker

This Saturday through October 19th I embark on a fromage-making voyage d'affaires from Bordeaux to Strasbourg to that oldie-but-moldy, Roquefort.

These high-cholesterol hijinks will take us behind the scenes at some of the world's great artisan cheese manufacturers, with up-close-and-personal interviews of handsome men in berets whose "r's" are gloriously guttural and smell faintly of a fine aged Gruyère. (Ok, this is my fervent hope.) The tour wraps at the International Food Show, SIAL, in Paris. It's dubbed a "global gastronomic marketplace," and with 5,500 exhibitors - 5,500! - from 101 countries, and 150,000 visitors consuming billions and billions of calories, one can understand why.

If you'd like to stay abreast of the best of Brest, follow along. And of course feel free to send this link to lactose-tolerant friends and family.

À bientôt,

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