Once the coffee buzz wears off or even while it's still on, cheese is one of the other taste sensations that needs to be addressed.
When it comes to the stuff, I tend to prefer a harder cheese and I can't resist a great crumbly, blue but I will also partake in a the occasional soft cheese.
Growing up in a Greek family, one of my favorite comfort foods is something my Mom used to make. A simple pasta dish that had a healthy dose of freshly grated Greek Kaseri cheese.
The secret was:
-Put a layer of freshly grated KASERI on the plate before adding half the portion of pasta you are serving.
-Add another layer of freshly grated KASERI. a
-Add the remaining pasta and then top off with with the last sprinkling of KASERI.
-In a sauce pan heat a bit of extra virgin Greek Olive Oil (really good, high quality butter works well too) and when it's good and hot, drizzle over pasta. It melts the cheese just enough and the flavor is out of this world.
Add a good bottle of red wine, a crusty great loaf of bread and dinner is served. Followed of course by a the perfectly pulled shot of espresso (or two) and a chunk of a smokey yet sweet dark chocolate. I think I just got motivated to make dinner.
Here are some great cheese stores (they sell other tasty things as well) in the L.A. area that I spend a bit too much time at: