Only by writing an uber-lengthy post about the culinary gift to the world that comes as close to my obsession with bacon as one can get…CHEESE!!! (Now stay focused because I may jump around a bit before I bring this cheese wheel full circle. Ha! Get it? Wheel? Circle? Lol. Cheesy, I know… Ok, I’ll stop now.)
*Insert fuzzy haze phasing out to a childhood memory here* My love affair with cheese began as a child. I would watch my grandfathers cut slices off of various cheddar cheese brands (always extra sharp) and get a piece when I wasn’t being bothersome. Soon I graduated to my own blocks, with my preference in Cracker Barrel.
But little did I know that I was barely scraping top of the barrel of cheesy goodness.
Fast forward about 20 years (I’m only 28!)…and I’ve tried well over 50 different types of cheese with cheddar still reigning as #1. I keep my eye out for BOGO sales of Cracker Barrel cheese and stock up like I’m hoarding Mickey and his crew. And The Melting Pot has become one of my favorite restaurants simply because I can get cheese fondue at my whim.
Anyhow, my cheese cravings often come out of nowhere and without warning…like today. But the strange thing is one day I was walking down the street in LA and out of all of the taco places, sushi restaurants and other random eateries, I was craving a regular old American cheese, grilled cheese sandwich…and it wouldn’t go away. A block or two later, as if it was a gift from the stomach gods, I randomly run across this truck with an enormous line snaking down the sidewalk. It was the infamous (if you’re from LA) The Grilled Cheese Truck!!!
What a novel damn idea…for both the consumer and the business!!! This company had created a mobile marketing device and could supply it’s customer’s cheese fix on demand. I had never prayed a day before in my life, but my prayers had been answered…mobile food and a mobile food station full of cheese sandwiches at that!
Now I had been introduced to this concept maybe a year or so ago in Baltimore, where this lady rode her bike around the Harbor with a cupcake stand attached to the back. And although it was a bit of a shoddy set up (and I don’t think she had a license because she was constantly on the move), the cupcakes were like crack! Baltimore hasn’t quite grasped the concept fully, but DC has. Have you ever heard of Truckeroo? If you haven’t, you’re probably missing out on one of the best damn food festivals in the area…EVERY MONTH! It runs from June to October, once a month and features food from the best food trucks in the ‘hood.
While Baltimore does have some magnificent eateries, it hasn’t cornered the mobile food market. What they have done however is become the birthplace of one of the best damn grilled cheese shops south of the Mason-Dixon Line! Grilled Cheese & Co. satisfies even the most discerning cheese addicts taste for ooey gooey goodness! Their selections range from the classic grilled cheese to crabby melts to salads for the weight conscious. Personally, I’ve had at least 6 sandwiches off of the list and no one was better than the one came before it. But there must be a champion…For the summer they are advertising “The Islander”. It comes with Pepper Jack Cheese, Jerk Shrimp, Mango Salsa and is finished with a Citrus Jerk Sauce. Just the description has my mouth watering. Unfortunately, it across town and after my commute from DC back to Baltimore, I really don’t feel like driving allllllll the way over there.
So today, my craving got the best of me. No, I didn’t make it to Grilled Cheese & Co., but I did go downstairs to the cafeteria at my job and have the guys whip me up a classic American grilled cheese with extra (that equals 5 slices).
And while I can’t wait to try The Islander this weekend, that classic grilled cheese sure did hit the spot! Do you have a favorite cheese? Or cheese laden sandwich?