I went to a completely non-food related conference in the city yesterday, but they did serve up a nice cheese plate and hors d’oeuvres.
As the hotel worker set out this beautiful cheese tray, I was curious about what kinds of cheddar they had out, especially the middle one on the left, and those beautiful little rounds in the middle. I recognized what looked like Trader Joe’s cheese–goat milk gouda with a white wax rind, off the photo on the right, Iberico (unless it was a pale, pale Manchego) on the bottom right, and what looked like a big ol’ triple crème with its top lopped off. I asked if the goat milk gouda was indeed that. The hotel worker replied, “yes,” but then went on to say that the queso serena (top left, Spanish, cow) wearing its characteristic lacy “shawl,” top sliced off, served in balls, was a Parmesan. I asked about the cheddar I wanted to know about and he said it was a “hard brie.” Clearly, it was not worth it to press any more. I didn’t even get a chance to eat the cheese, since I was working the conference. *Sigh* Oh well.