No big deal really its just a boiled egg and some toast but I like the nostalgic, simple, cosy feel of the breakfast paired with the stylish, relaxed, friendly ambience and I'm not alone. Walking into the cafe today everyone was eating the same thing! They also serve my favourite Florentine roasted coffee from a lovely retro 1961 Italian Faema espresso machine which I love to guzzle greedily after my breakfast whilst flicking through the newspapers.
The promise of purchasing some fabulous cheese and produce from the store after eating my little breakfast has me counting the days until I get my weekly fix.
On the cheese tasting board from La Fromagerie tonight
Abbaye De Trois Vaux ~ Haut Artois, N. France
A beer-washed supple Cows milk cheese handmade by Nuns from the Abbey alongside Trappiste Monks from the Mont Des Cats Monastery. Beer and nuns, who can resist!
Persille Du Marais ~ Vendée, W. France
An intense blue Goat's milk cheese with a very bittersweet chocolate accent, the goats graze in an area known as the Venice of France with its picturesque meandering canals. Those naughty Goats are famed for leaping into the canals. This is my favourite cheese of all.
St Marcelin Aux Marc De Raisin ~ Rhone Alps, France
A soft, fresh, tangy, 'Drunken' Cows milk cheese that is immersed in vine pressings after wine making to give it a vinous taste.
Banon Feuille ~ Provence
A soft, creamy textured goats cheese dipped in Eau de Vie sprinkled in Pepper and wrapped in chestnut leaves.
Saint Nectaire ~ Auvergne
Soft golden pate Cow's milk cheese with an aroma reminscent of earthy wild mushrooms with a dimpled russet crust with grey velvety moulds matured on straw mats.
Caprini Tartufo ~ Piedmont
The ultimate luxury treat. A fresh zingy handmade Goats cheese topped with shaved truffles.
Camembert Au Calvados ~ Normandy
A traditional farmhouse Cow's Milk cheese which has it's rind removed and is then carefully dipped in a boozy Calvados and Cider mixture then covered in a fine biscuit crumb which gives a fruity apple brandy sweetness.
Cathare ~ Lauregais, Carcassonne
Coffee saucer shaped nutty flavoured Goat's milk cheese covered in ash, emblazoned with the cross of the Cathars (A medieval religous group living in and around Carcassonne in the middle ages)
Rich goats cheese figs with rind dusted in Paprika and cinders.
After three lets all say cheese.......One, Two, Three!