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Will Tweet for Cheese!

Ok, folks. Consider me a happy passenger on the Twitter bandwagon! Follow the Cheese Lady for updates on new goodies at Cheesetique! And cool cheese-related snippets. And various culinary musings.

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And you thought Smart Cars were cute?

In the spirit of falling in love with anything “mini”, I share with you a heart-warming story of tiny bovines. The LA Times featured a story on the growing movement in the US of ranching with miniature cows and steers. Yes, you heard correctly. These little critters are less than half the size of their traditional land-hogging, food-hogging counterparts. But the milk or meat they provide is substantial. The coolest part of all is that the minis are not genetically engineered and are not dwarfs. They are original breeds that lost popularity when large farms were more common and land and feed were at less of a premium.

With the surge in minis, farmers can further participate in the small-farm and natural-feed movements, as the little guys need so much less space on which to graze. Plus, they are SO CUTE it’s just unbelievable. I call this a win-win!

I have a tie for my favorite quote from the story between:
“Farmers who raise mini Jerseys brag how each animal provides 2 to 3 gallons of milk a day, though they complain about having to crouch down on their knees to reach the udders.”
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“They also had a tough time finding collars for ID tags small enough to stay put on their calves. So the owners … went to a pet store and bought dog collars. ‘It wasn’t until later that we realized they had tiny hamburger and hot dog designs on them,’ Mintun said.”

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Cheesetique wins in Washingtonian Magazine!

I’m thrilled to announce that after only one year in business, the Cheese & Wine Bar has been selected as a Top 100 Place to Eat Cheap! This is an amazing honor because it not only means that our menu items are sensitively priced, but that they are super-delicious “bargains”! Our little write-up was equally glowing, calling us a “fantasyland for the cheese-obsessed”. 

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Roquefort Tariff Canceled!

Yahoo! That stinky Roquefort tariff has been canceled due to the EU’s promise to triple its importation of hormone-free meat from the US. This appears to be a win-win.

The good news: Roquefort lives to fight another day!
The not-so-good-news: Cheesetique will adjust its previously crazy-low Roquefort price back to normal levels this weekend, so grab your $20/pound Roquefort while you can.

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New Spring/Summer Menu is Here

Featuring our new BLT Panini, Grilled Pimiento Cheese Sandwich, Chevre & Piquillo Crostini, Fromage Fort, etc. Our best menu yet! Click here to see it.

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Cheese & Wine Bar Open ALL DAY Saturdays!

Starting this Saturday, the Cheese & Wine Bar will be open all day (from 11 AM till 10 PM) on Saturdays. Long live the 4:00 cheese binge!

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Dueling Buffalo Mozzarella

Behold! Cheesetique is now home to two types of Buffalo Mozzarella. The first is our classic: the lacey, full-flavored Italian variety from Campania. The second is the “new kid on the block”, Bubalus Bubalis from the great state of California. I find the Bubalus to be creamier and a bit milder that the Italian and I love that it literally melts in your mouth. My husband prefers the Italian because he likes the slightly firmer, but lacier, texture and gamier flavor. Either way, if you’re a Buffalo Mozzarella fan, you can’t go wrong with either choice. The question is which one would be victorious in the ring: the seasoned veteran or the young upstart? Only you can tell!

By the way, did you know that Buffalo Mozzarella is lactose free? Because of its accelerated fermentation and washed curd, all lactose is naturally removed from the cheese. So if you’re lactose intolerant and thought fresh cheeses were verboten, think again! (Note: that is the first time I’ve gotten to use German in a blog post!)

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The Irish are Coming!

Actually, they’re here already. And more are on the way. Stop by for some of the finest Irish cheeses available. Many are in stock and many more are on the way. We’re also featuring a large number in the bar. See you soon, laddies and lassies!

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The patio is closed for the season.

We tucked away the tables and chairs till Spring.

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Welcome, Culture Magazine

Cheesetique is thrilled to announce the arrival of the amazing Culture Magazine! This beautiful, glossy magazine focuses on all things cheese, foreign and domestic. Come pick up your copy of the premiere issue for only $12.95 (the magazine comes out quarterly). For a sneak peak, click here.

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