This Week In Cheese – 28/08/11

cheese, steak, sandwich
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The Whey We Were

In cheese news this past week, the city of Philadelphia mourned when Joey Vento, owner of the Philadelphia cheese steak mecca Geno’s Steaks, died of a heart attack at the age of 71. Geno’s Steaks was one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions after the Liberty Bell and Museum of Art steps where Rocky Balboa trained to lose the heavyweight championship belt, then win it, then win it again, then lose it, then win it again, then save the world from the scourge of Russia, and then…I totally forgot what I was talking about.

It’s Got To Be Shaken, ‘Cause There’s No Whey To Stir It

martini glass, grilled cheese sandwich, Beechers
Image from here.

Appletinis too girly for you? You’re not James Bond enough to order a Vesper martini? Well, Beechers Handmade Cheese has created a grilled cheese martini for the masses. Or for absolutely nobody. It could really go either way. The drink was specifically crafted for their newly-opened New York restaurant. The company, a longtime Seattle Pike Place Market  fixture, recently expanded to open a store, restaurant  and bar at 20th and Broadway.  I think Mike and I need to take a little road trip.

The Whey To Win A War

There’s a new show debuting August 29th on the Food Network called “Crave” and writer Troy Johnson is the host. Explaining the origins of popular foods, Johnson has revealed that cheese is not only delicious, but also one of history’s greatest secret weapons.

I’m calling him Maximus. I’m pretty sure there’s more than cheese up his man-skirt.

“The Romans invented the cheese wheel and used to roll them along with everything else when they were doing battle,” AOL News quoted Johnson, as telling HuffPost Weird News. “They think this is why the Romans were able to kick everyone’s asses in Europe. Since cheese doesn’t spoil very easily, they always had a hunk of protein-and-fat-jammed energy source tucked up their man-skirts. Other armies’ food would spoil, leaving them weak and hungry. The cheese-eating Romans kicked their ass,” he revealed.

See. WWFC will rule the world. It’s just a matter of time.


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  • A grilled cheese martini?  I don’t know.  I love the apple martini and I love grilled cheese but a grilled cheese martini sounds scary.  I would try it though.  

  • I must admit, I’m not a big fan of martinis, and the ones I do like tend to be the sweeter ones, but I would also have to try to grilled cheese martini. It really could be either fantastic or disgusting. Either way, it would definitely be a unique experience!

  • That’s sad about Geno’s owner.  We enjoyed a few cheesesteaks when in Philly a couple weeks ago – not Geno’s though. 

    Not a fan of martinis, cheese or otherwise, so I’ll pass.  I’ll just take my cheese with wine or on sandwiches.

  • Did I ever tell you about the nonamedufus grilled sandwich? You take 2 pieces of bread and put them in the toaster. Once the toast pops you place a slice of Kraft cheese between them and place in the microwave for 20 seconds. Voila! Just add ketchup, and pickles as a garnish. And who said men can’t cook?

  • I would LOVE to try a real Philly cheesesteak! Was it good? It was good, wasn’t it? I bet it was good. 🙂

    Hmmmm…wine and cheese….

  • Ketchup?! PICKLES?!?!? I don’t know who said men can’t cook, but they were dead wrong!! They should have said nonamedufus can’t cook!! Ugh! I’m guessing Mrs. Dufus is the cook at your house.

  • Very good!

  • As Cesar, I know my Romans better than anyone. (I may be notactuallygod, but I actually AM Cesar, I shit-us you not-us.)  There was a fuck-us load-us more-us TO US, than cheese wheels to account for our marvelous successes on a hundred battlefields across the empire.  And the cheese wheels were just one of a hundred innovations that lifted us above our more numberous foes in most of those encounters.  The genius of organization accounts for most of it.  It is Caesar’s face on all those coins after all, not a cheese wedge.

  • Ok, but what we really want to know, since you are Major-us Cesar-us Roman-us, is what have you got under your man-skirt?

  • The Romans had cheese wheels tucked up their man-skirts? Like in a “Is that a cheese wheel in your shorts or are you just really, really, REALLY happy to see me?” kind of way?

  • Oh man, I love me a good cheese steak.

    A grilled cheese martini? Yes, I totally need to check THAT out.

    And you gotta love the Romans for inventing the cheese-wheel. 

  • In your case, they were really, really, REALLY happy to see you 🙂

  • I’m so jealous of the fact that you live within driving distance of cheesesteaks AND the grilled cheese martini!! If you try them, you need to video the whole thing for me 🙂

  • A grilled cheese martini? SRSLY??????

  • Is that true about the cheese wheel really?  That is amazing… and oh boy would I fight for some cheeeeseee!

  • Yup, seriously. I don’t make up the cheese news, I just report it (ok, so I occasionally embellish it with a touch of sarcasm, but never would I invent it outright!).

  • Well, according to them, it is true. I think a cheese war is the only war worth fighting 🙂

  • nowhey

    Rolling cheese wheels along in battle?  Am I the only one who finds fault with this. There certainly is no mention of this on the web until Johnson made his sourceless comment. Think about it: would a cheese wheel withstand even 10 miles of ancient roads? How about thousands of miles? But, let’s look at reality–how it rolling cheese easier than carrying it? You can carry dozens of wheels on a cart. How would you steer an individual wheel? How would you brake it on a downhill? How would you get it uphill without difficulty? Easier to strap it to your back…or your horse. I call BS on Johnson.

  • You bring up some interesting points. Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not. Either way, we still think cheese rules 🙂


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