On the first morning we spent in Cambridge (July 1, 2010), we woke up, walked a few blocks down Huron Avenue, and got a cherry scone, four fruits tea (K), and coffee (C) at a little neighborhood gourmet market. We’ve come to frequent the market – not for buying actual groceries, since it makes Whole Foods look like a discount grocer, but for picking up little treats – a bit of cheese or salami, Stumptown coffee beans, a bottle of wine, or perhaps their famous Saturday barbecue – and for getting ideas of things to make at home.
We had *heard* that they had a cheese cave – in fact, seeing the cheese cave is on our list of things to do before leaving Boston – but the store is always so crowded that we never thought it was a good time to ask if we could see it. Then, a colleague of C’s invited us to a “Cheese 101” class at Formaggio, and we thought that this might be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the store when it is a little less chaotic, and maybe even get a chance to check out the cheese cave. And indeed, it was! We had lots of fun tasting the cheeses (and enjoying the wine pairings), learned a little bit about cheese-making, got in some good Cambridge people watching, and….got a private tour of the cheese cave!
The cave was not surprisingly dark, damp, and smelled of ammonia…but it was also full of oodles and oodles of cheese.