Lots of changes have been happening in my life and I am excited to share the news. I started a new job a few weeks ago. I am now the Cheese Consultant for the newest Harris Teeter in Washington, D.C.!
For those of you who are confused, this is Morbier.
Morbier is a cheese, its actually pronounced MOR-byay.
It is delicious. Go buy some.
According to this article from GIZMODO, I am not selling cheese so much as I am selling "Dairy Crack" to the resident's of DC. Since the 1980's doctors have known that cheese contains actual morphine. I wonder if there are higher amounts of it in raw milk, un-aged cheeses and that is really why the US government is so strict about foreign cheese imports, and raw milk domestic cheese production? Maybe I should open up a DC cheese shop and just call it D.C. Everyone will assume that stands for District of Columbia, or Delicious Cheese, but really it will stand for Dairy Crack. Oh, me and my bad word play. Sorry guys.
Because I have to drive a gazillion miles to DC everyday, I have been trying to take advantage of the city. During training you all saw that I made it back over to Brasserie Beck (check out that GFP post here).
And, if you have been following my tweets, you know I made it to Ben's Chili Bowl for lunch. I only took cell phone pics, but I think that is more appropriate anyway. Ben's is an institution in DC. I have been trying to get there for years but never made it. I felt that now was the time to go so I will have a point of comparison when I FINALLY have a chili-cook off with my friends.
I have to be honest, I didn't like chili until my friend Trevor made his turkey chili two years ago at our lake house getaway. Since then I have been testing the waters and I am starting to love it. Well, that isn't entirely true. Like Kraft American Cheese on my hamburger, one of my earliest guilty pleasures as a foodie were those nasty looking chili dogs in the school lunch line. I LOVED THOSE. I think that was the only school lunch I would eat. Then again, I used to eat raw hot dogs when I was little so I don't begin to profess that I know how you can account for taste.
The Half Smokes are on the side closer to you.
Ben's was tasty. I ordered a Half Smoke with chili and a side of fries also with chili and cheese. Their chili honestly reminded me of school chili cause the consistency is really smooth. There is not visual identification of ingredients in this chili, everything is chopped tiny and even. This makes a much thicker consistency that sticks on your dog well. The sausage itself was nice and very lightly smoked, with a good bite and smooth consistency as well. I recommend a visit if you are near by. The couple next to me had driven in from VA for a Redskins game and started their pre-gaming early. I think grabbing a nice stack of dogs for a football tailgate might be a winning plan. You would expect to want a nap after this, or a pepto dose, but I went to Bikram and had no problem. I was impressed. I guess my tummy just really liked it.
The new job has it's perks. Thanks to a friend I also met Sam Caligone of Dogfish Head Brewery in DE at RFD two nights ago. Premium Dirstibutors hosted a meet and greet in the private room with free food, AND free brews! They had Bitches Brew, 60min, 90min, Midas Touch, World Wide Stout, and My Antonia Imperial IPA on draft, and Chicory Stout and Burton Baton in bottles.