Long time since i've checked in...i've been busy, nearly too busy to eat anything decent. (however, i have not been starving, and thanks to the fine folks who have sustained me lately: hai yen, middle east bakery, privata cafe, and the guy selling ziplocked tamales from a playmate cooler at Tuman's Alcohol Abuse Center)
And now, a word about the cheese counter at Fox and Obel. I read the earlier threads, and while the cheese was mentioned in passing, I'd just like to articulate my appreciation for the cheese dept.
When I go to Fox & Obel, I hardly notice the packaging, the soundtrack, the signage, the haughtiness (which i've never noticed, and i am a somewhat scruffy gal who is definitely well below the cutomers' median tax bracket), or the frills.
The folks at the cheese counter know their stuff. I (and my trusty companion and cheesivore, Mr. Camembert) have taken to showing up near closing on saturday or sunday night for the week's cheese supply. Granted, the stock is pretty thin at that point, but the stranger and more interesting cheeses are still around. The best part, however, is that the cheese staff can take their time with you, suggesting flavors, showing off their favorites, taking requests, and cutting samples of stuff they think you'll like.
Sure, it's pricey, but I've never gotten a snooty look when I ask for two bucks of one cheese, or four bucks' worth of another. Also, when you stick around, the staff will give you samples of amazingly expensive stuff that they want you to taste, jsut to see what you think of it. Many times, i've been talked out of expensive cheeses for earthier, cheaper versions of same.
When it comes to cheese, the service is impeccable, and the stuff is top-notch.
Ken Obel, if you're reading, nicely done.