It was in a certain inflight magazine, during a certain flight taken some years ago that I read a food article with interviews with a few chefs. One of them said that all restaurants have at least one dish with melted cheese on their menu, and this was the most popular dish of all. Being a huge melted cheese lover myself, I wasn’t surprised to see this information and yet it WAS new information, vis a vis restaurant menus 🙂
In trying to find out why, I stumbled upon the Popular Science website and this is what they say about this phenomenon, in an article titled: ‘Why does cheese taste better when melted?’ The writer says the reason is mainly how it feels in the mouth. Melted cheese has a creamy texture which most people find very appealing, and the warmth of the cheese adds to the taste.
All together, the sensations associated with melted cheese—smoothness, gooeyness, and warmth—speak of a fatty delight…and humans love fat :)! Ivan de Araújo, a researcher at Yale, has studied how the nervous system responds to fatty foods. He says, “Receptors in our mouths are keyed in to the texture of oily, calorie-dense foods.” This sort of food, evidently soothes the nervous system, and in today’s world, and our fast-paced life our nervous systems can use all the help they can get from us! Everyone, agree? 😉
I don’t know about you all but writing this post has got me craving a dish with melted cheese! There’s none at home, so I’ll just have to go and eat out 😉 — nice excuse, eh?
Do be sure to get white wine to drink with warm or hot melted cheese dishes. That’s my preference at least…so, until you experiment and find other wines to go with melted cheese dishes, just trust this choice ;)! You won’t be sorry…
Today, we were 4 adults and three children (4 males, and 3 females) who went to see the world famous ballet The Nutcracker, known in French as Le Casse-Noisette. The age range of our party was from 6 years to 60 plus, but none had seen it before. It was really, really exciting then, that each and every one of us loved it immensely! What added to the pleasure of the experience was the superbly beautiful building it was staged in. This grand edifice, pictured alongside, was built in 1923 and has been used since then for some well known shows as well as meetings of historic importance!
To commemorate all those who participated in World War I, it was named The War Memorial Opera House of San Francisco. It is home to the San Francisco Ballet Company, and is a very special building indeed. I’m a real sucker for beauty and elegance and found this Opera House winning on every score. In the lobby they had erected this beautiful Nutcracker Christmas Tree which people were posing against for pictures :)! Adding to the sophisticated ambiance were little carts selling Prosecco by the glass and other drinks.
The interior is absolutely enchanting, as can be seen in this picture of the stage and the proscenium*. Such buildings aren’t made everyday, and not much any more… they’re reflections of a bygone era! I hope the few pictures here give the readers an idea of the architecture and the ambience!
San Francisco is a very lovely city, with some fabulous architecture. In the area of the Civic Center, where the Opera House is, there is also the City Hall with its domed roof.
Not far from all these building is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant called ‘Anand Phuara’ which translates from Hindi to ‘Fountain of Joy (or Delight)’! If you ever visit San Francisco, go have a meal there and order the Quesadilla with Portobello Mushrooms and melted cheese — for dessert, have their prize-winning chocolate cake! Yummy 🙂 — we had a pretty amazing day!