New Year’s Eve was a weird day. Friday before Christmas Lincoln was gridlocked, Christmas Eve the town centre full of drunks, New Year’s Eve no traffic, the roads empty, though the town centre was busy.
New Year Sales in full swing, plenty of people about, and yet I passed at least half a dozen or more eating places, every single one closed.
County Restaurant closed, a little vegetarian restaurant I thought I would try closed until 7 January.
The Cheese Society is somewhere I often buy cheese, but I have never had lunch, it is always busy when I pass by.
Today was no exception, it was busy, whether because many places closed or the norm I do not know.
I was in luck, I found a seat at the long shared table.
I ordered avocado on sourdough toast.
Apart from initial disappointment the toast was cold it was excellent.
Sourdough ask, and no one knows what it is.
The latest edition of Ambrosia, issue 5 the San Francisco Bay Area edition, has an interesting article on sourdough bakeries in the area.
Sourdough is made with wild yeast not cultivated yeast.
I did not order a dessert, but what was served to my neighbours looked mouth watering delicious. As did what I assumed was the cheese platter.
Something I had not seen before, a metal contraption sitting over candles, the heat used to melt the cheese. Though I think I would prefer not to melt.
The one thing I noticed, the love and care, everything freshly prepared, served with grace, not dumped on the plate, no one cares, as would find in too many places.
Interesting reading material on the end of the shared table.
They say print is dead, the rubbish yes, but there is now a new generation of high quality print magazines, though often more like volumes of softback large format books, high quality articles, stunning imagery.
I suggested they add to their collection, Ambrosia, Om Nom, Standart and Drift.
For anyone looking to buy cheese, I would highly recommend The Cheese Society, real cheese, unpasteurised milk, cheese with character and flavour, not what passes as cheese in a supermarket.
The Cheese Society is located at the bottom of The Strait, at the top of the High Street a little way off to the left if walking uphill.