My Sunday of started off pretty bad
I was working a political event at the L.A. convention center. Began working the moment I arrived, at 6am. By 11, I knew I had to get something in me or pass out on the convention floor. But the next session starting in less than 20 minutes, I had no choice
I headed to the Cafeteria and had the WORST and most EXPENSIVE tuna sandwich Ive ever had. I only took three bites and I couldnt stand it any more. In fact, the only thing that kept it from cracking my sanity is that I had a night of wonderful dining ahead of me
It couldnt come soon enough
That night three girlfriends and I were to have a belated and early birthday celebration for myself and another in our party. Our celebration would take us for wine and cheese at Monsieur Marcels and then dinner at AOC. I had been and enjoyed to both but for the three others had not been to either. So I couldnt wait to see how the others would (or would not) enjoy it.
First up, Monsieur Marcels. Located in the upper corner of the farmers market. Monsieur Marcels is a gourmet grocer with a wine and cheese bar and a little sit down area in the corner. I had done the bar and the people watching is so much fun. But we sat a table this time and it was great too As you sip over the wine and munch on the cheese you completely forget about the bustle of the farmers market behind you
We ordered glasses of wine (I had a great Riesling for $6.00) and three cheese plates (A goat plate, buttery plate and creamy plate, each plate is $9.00). We also ordered a small wedge of my absolute favorite cheese, Humboldt Fog, which was a new experience to the other girls as well. Each plate came with a selection of three good size portions of cheese, more than enough for each of us to have several tastes. The cheeses were all good, with some being absolutely GREAT. There was a runny goat cheese that had a wonderful smokiness to it. An amazing blue on the creamy plate that had all the great complexity and aftertaste of a blue, but none of the saltiness or harshness of it. Also, one of the firm buttery cheeses had the most wonderful ZING!! The winner though was the Humboldt fog. A goat that just goes beyond any goat cheese ever has. The center is creamy and tangy, like absolute best goat cheese. The layer of ash gives it a complexity that makes it almost blue like. And the rind and ripening of the cheese makes the outer edges runny and pungent like a Brie. Amazing amazing piece of cheese
Now, Monsieur Marcels doesnt have the absolutely best wines. The cheese plates are made ahead of time and come out rather cold. Further, there appeared to be only one waiter taking care of a VERY busy area, so service maybe a little slow. But for the price and to kill a cheese craving (Especially if you spurge on a special piece like a Humboldt fog!) it totally makes for a nice evening (especially since you can go to Bennetts right afterwards! :D)
AOC rundown coming soon!