It's Friday, the culmination of a loooong week of time crunching, paper pushing, dignity scraping and brown-nosing. While some of you like to channel your pent-up energy into a night of pills and binge drinking, I often like to spend my Friday nights decompressing at home. And it's always nice to reward yourself for a week well done (right...?) with a tasty hunk of something local while you park your hiney on the couch.
Do yourself a favor and stop by the Houston Dairymaids' open warehouse at 2201 Airline (at Nadine) on your way home from work today. The open warehouse runs every Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the outgoing staff will set you up with a ripe-nice tasting of the multitude of fabulous cheeses they have in stock. Within minutes you'll forget that work ever existed, and you'll lose yourself in a pile of those creamy, stinky, velvety cheeses. Squeee!
If you can stop yourself from shoving a whole wedge straight down the hatch -- not that we'd blame you -- you could take some home to sprinkle over a bowl of pasta or smear on a homemade pizza. Not into cheese? They've also got a rotating carousel of other items available, too. Last week, for example, they featured an incredible local honeycomb, some meaty olives, and a simply divine homemade butter. Heavenly homemade fig preserves? They've got those, too -- along with Slow Dough baguettes.
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The Dairymaids' open warehouse has turned into a one-stop shop of sorts now that Morgan Weber of Revival Meats has joined the fun. Each week Weber totes a packed cooler of his sustainable, heritage-breed meats: gorgeous cuts of Mangalitsa and Gloucester Old Spots that just might make you forget your weekly tribulations. It's Friday, after all, and that calls for a celebration. Get down on it!