Cheese and charcuterie – Villa San-Juliette

Cheese and charcuterie - Villa San-Juliette
Assortment of cheeses and select cured meats accompanied by vegetables, nuts and dried fruit. Served with bread. $15
Villa San-Juliette, San Miguel CA

This was a straight forward meat and cheese plate, but everything on it was pretty tasty. I would have appreciated more variety in the meats to balance out the kinds of cheeses.

Hand-cut poutine – Amsterdam BrewHouse

Hand-cut poutine - Amsterdam BrewHouse
Ontario cheese curds, beef gravy. $8
Amsterdam BrewHouse, Toronto CANADA

This poutine tasted fine I guess. The fries were nice and crisp, but everything was really cold! Everything I ate at this restaurant was really cold actually. I may not be Canadian, but I’ve poutine before and it’s not supposed to be cold. I don’t know about you, but I don’t cold gravy over cold cheese curds is very appetizing.

Imported and local cheeses – Barboursville Vineyards

Imported and local cheeses - Barboursville Vineyards
Caromont Farms fresh chevre (cow, Virginia), Ubriaco aged in red wine (cow, Italy), Brescia taleggio (cow, Italy), pecorino Toscano stagionato (sheep, Italy), Castello d’Albola extra virgin olive oil, whipped local honey butter, red currant jam. Small $15
Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville VA

This cheese plate was decent – I liked the variety. But what really killed it for me was the service. Yes, the back restaurant felt a little stuffy and forced, but one of the servers was such a bitch! Seriously, I never use that word on my blog, but she 100% deserves that title. She surely knew how to completely ruin the guests’ experience! Coming from the Bay Area, we’re kinda spoiled when it comes to wine, food, and service but you would think that smaller wineries at less traveled AVA’s would place a great deal of importance on their customer service to assure return guests. This apparently isn’t the case at Barboursville Vineyards. It appears they have shitty service and don’t happen to care if you ever return!

Fanny Bay oysters – Boxing Room

Fanny Bay oysters - Boxing Room
Cocktail sauce, mignonette, lemon. Half dozen $20
Boxing Room, San Francisco CA

Boxing Room has since closed since I last visit, but I’m finally getting around to posting these pics. I’m kinda sad that it closed because I liked the food there, and there aren’t many good cajun/creole restaurants in The City. Anyway, I’ve already tried its replacement, Barcino, but that’s for another time.

These Fanny Bay oysters were very tasty – bright, clean, fresh, briny, and cleanly shucked. I could’ve easily eaten a dozen on my own, but didn’t want to break the bank.

Flatbread and pimento cheese - Boxing Room
Flatbread and pimento cheese. Complimentary

Bbq ShackMeister burger – Shake Shack

Bbq ShackMeister burger - Shake Shack
Cheeseburger topped with crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and Shack bbq sauce. Served with order of French fries. $9.39
Shake Shack, Tysons VA

Don’t get me wrong, this burger was very tasty but I just wish that the fried shallots weren’t SO greasy! I liked how they tasted but not how they felt in my mouth. Everything else was pretty spot on though! Mmm…

Artisan cheese plate & Country pate ‘bourguignon’ – DB Brasserie

Artisan cheese plate & County pate bourguignon - DB Brasserie
Selection of 3 cheese, quince preserves, nuts, cranberry bread. Happy hour $9
Pork pate, pickled vegetables, grain mustard, country bread. Happy hour $9
DB Brasserie, Las Vegas NV

This place has a great happy hour! I love their food selection and everything is very tasty. The service is also friendly and accommodating. These boards were great and the portions were perfect. Call me crazy, but I hate it when they give you a gigantic pieces of cheese to over-feed you. I would rather get less cheese and not have to waste any. Anyway, both the cheeses and pate were delicious.

JL Colombo rose - DB Brasserie
JL Colombo rose, Cape Bleue, Mediteranee. Happy hour $5

Artisanal charcuterie and cheese platter – Sonoma Market

Artisanal charcuterie and cheese platter - Sonoma Market
Salami, prosciutto, cheeses, fig jam spread, olive assortment, grapes, strawberries, crackers, chocolate. $19.99
Sonoma Market, Sonoma CA

Wine tasting in Sonoma is great and and perfect with a charcuterie and cheese plate. A perfect pairing! This plate was pretty decent and I especially liked the fig jam spread.