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ANTONELLI’s Cheese Shop

May 9, 2013
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I had to go back to Antonelli’s. Ever since I finished off the last crumb of Baley Hazen blue cheese, I’ve been hungry for more. I’ve been reading about the French diet recently and I wanted to see how I felt if I followed it for a while. Out of 192 countries in the world, France is second to last, number 191, in amount of heart disease. Only Kiribati has a better rate, where ever that is. The United States is 135 and has a heart disease death rate of  80 out of every 100,000 deaths. France has 29 out of every 100,000 deaths attributable to heart disease and the average citizen eats 80 pounds of cheese a year! So, somewhere, there is a link between cheese and a healthy diet. I want to get to the bottom of this!

A very usual breakfast is a French baguette, thinly sliced, toasted and spread with some jam or honey. I purchased my baguette from the 43rd Street bakery there in Hyde Park close to Antonelli’s. My cheese monger, Kelly,  from my last visit, helped me find a few new things. I purchased a Tupelo honey from Savannah Bee Company in one of my favorite Southern towns. For jam, I was intrigued by a carrot jam from Confituras.net in Austin (Kelly let me taste it first). Since I’m nervous about the whole bread and jam for breakfast idea, I thought if I could throw in a vegetable at the same time, maybe I could go all morning without getting hungry. Keeping with the French tradition, I bought a red wine, described on the 205food.com website as

“The Clos Roche Blanche “Cuvée Pif” (Touraine, France) 2011 $17 [Very Good] is a very genial and well made natural wine.  Dark purple in color, the nose is full of chalky/stony notes, dried leaves, substantial black raspberry and mulberry fruit, dollops of mint and black pepper, and a slight whiff of fingernail polish.  Medium bodied, with average acidity, the wine is full in the mouth with tannin that is mainly hidden.  There is a bit of grit, however.  The flavors of chalky stones, ripe and round dark raspberry fruit, herbs, and dried leaves have good intensity and an appealing geniality.  The finish is very good, of a piece with the flavors, and slightly gritty.  This wine is a mixture of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. January 2013.

It sounded like it would go well with cheese and nuts. Speaking of nuts, Antonelli’s has a big glass dispenser full of Marcona Almonds, so I got some to go with the cheese.


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