June 16th, 2006


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After long delay, Philadelphia city council suddenly passes smoking ban legislation

I practically jumped out of bed when I heard the news. Finally! Assuming the mayor signs the bill (and smart money is that he will), then starting in 2007 I'll be able to go out with my friends without feeling sick for the rest of the day! Congrats to city council for doing the right thing, and congrats to Michael Nutter for finally getting this through, and probably earning a few thousand votes for mayor at the same time.

I know some of you disagree with this, or think it makes me a bad liberal or something. And you're probably right, but dammit, I just want to be able to go out at night without spending the whole time counting the minutes until I can jump in the shower. I don't think that's too much to ask.

The cheese of legend

The year I was in 12th grade, my dad was living in North Carolina. Once I went to visit him. We were going shopping, and we passed a cheese store that was offering samples. I ate one cube of whatever they were offering. It was quite good.

I didn't realize how good it was until the next day. I couldn't stop thinking about how much I enjoyed the cheese. But I had already left the state, so I couldn't go back and pick some up. In the years since, I never quite forgot about the cheese, which is amazing, because it's the only taste I have this vivid of a memory of, aside from things I eat all the time. It was very parmesan-like, but maybe not quite as hard, and though it must've been a somewhat milder taste because most cheese shops wouldn't serve cubes of parmesan as samples, I remember it being very sharp. I'm a fan of sharp cheese, and this was a rare cheese that met my sharpness standards.

About a year ago, I thought I'd found it, when rahaeli served me some pecorino pepato. It was quite good, and definitely sharp enough. But after I came home and bought my own, I realized it wasn't the same, partly because it tasted too much like parmesan, and partly because I would've remembered the peppercorns.

But today! Today Whole Foods was serving samples of a cheese I'd never tried before, or so I thought. And I'm now at least 84% sure I've found my cheese! It's called Perano, or perhaps Perrano; the internet doesn't agree on the spelling. It's like a gouda/parmesan hybrid, with nice granular consistency variations and, yes, a very sharp flavor. I had about 5 cubes off of the sample tray, and I can't wait to go buy my own wedge.

Edit: It's really called parrano. Thanks, jdcohen!