Cheese indulgence at Homage2Fromage and The Courtyard Dairy

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Brie de Meaux. 
Comté. Tarentais.


To me, the language of cheese is like poetry. Beautiful, stirring poetry, constructed from an anthology of intensely evocative words that curl around the tongue and summon powerful gastronomic desires, desires that beg to be satisfied immediately.

Yes, I may harbour a rather far-fetched love and adulation of cheese, but I’m definitely not alone. Cheese captures the culinary imaginations of millions, who, like me, are enamoured by the seemingly endless varieties it can conjure.

A deep love of cheese is not an unusual characteristic to possess, but Leeds has taken its collective obsession one step further. Since 2011, a group of cheese-crazed folk have gathered at the top of the Adelphi pub each month for a sacred cheese gathering, flooding my twitter timeline with lust-inducing pictures in the process. The concept is simple: a bounty of REALLY GOOD cheese, a different theme each month and a bit of cheese education thrown in too. Why wasn’t I there!?! Where do I sign up!?


Picture credit: Homage2Fromage

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A Veggie at Friends of Ham

This post was originally published on the very ace Culture Vulture blog.

As a vegetarian, you know that certain eating establishments just aren’t for you. You’re unlikely to find solace in a Brazilian steakhouse, a barbecue grill probably won’t do it for you, and if meat or beast is the prominent component of a bar’s name, you can make a safe assumption that it’s not going to be veggie friendly.

I used to feel this way about Friends of Ham. Close to celebrating its first birthday, Friends of Ham has earned itself a stellar reputation in Leeds. Favourable reviews and social buzz a-plenty, it’s clearly doing something right, but you wouldn’t necessarily think that ‘something’ appealed to vegetarians. After all, vegetarians are NOT friends of ham. Friends of pigs maybe, but certainly not friends of the meaty product of their demise. And when a bar so brazenly flaunts its love of meat, you’d be forgiven for assuming that veggies wouldn’t get much of a look in.

But maybe you’d be wrong…

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