For my and my friend Jocelyn's birthdays we went to Tria in Philadelphia. It's a wine, cheese , and beer cafe -- what they call "the tasty threesome of fermentation." Their cheeses come from Murray's in NYC. We got 3 to start: from left to right, Boerenkaas (a cow's milk cheese from Holland described as "mouthwatering butterscotch, fruit and nuts explode in dense, crystalline hunks"), an Italian cheese aged and washed in prosecco, and Cashel Blue from Ireland. The 2 hard cheeses were to be eaten with fruit preserves, and the Cashel Blue with a fig jam. The Cashel Blue combo was my favorite - together with the fig it tasted like chocolate!
We got snacks to share: Bruschetta with Gorgonzola and Fig Jam; Warm Tuscan White Bean Spread; Italian meats; Smoked Chicken and Lancaster Cheddar Sandwich with Tomato, Piquillo Pepper, Herbed Truffle Aioli; and Panino with Wild Mushrooms with Grana Padano, Fontina, Baby Spinach and Lemon-Infused Olive Oil (pictured left).
The guys enjoyed several rounds of Kasteel Rouge (a beer that redneckhunter's brother fell totally in love with).
And for dessert, Blackberry-White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Citrus-Caramel and Blackberry Sauces; Banana, Goat’s Milk Caramel and Mascarpone Panino; and cookies served with lemon curd.
Rittenhouse Square • 18th & Sansom Streets • 215.972.TRIA
Washington Square West • 12th & Spruce Streets • 215.629.9200