2019 HAL World Cruise
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
There are many reasons to visit Cherbourg. It has been an important naval base since the days of Napoleon. It was one of the last stops for the ill-fated Titanic on her maiden voyage. As a matter of fact, one of her lifeboats is on exhibit in La Cite de La Mer, the nautical museum adjacent to the cruise terminal. The Normandy beaches, where the D-Day landings took place, are nearby. Over 156,000 troops crossed the English Channel during Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944. It was the largest seaborne invasion of the time. Cherbourg was the first French city to be liberated in WWII and sustained major damage during the Battle of Cherbourg after D-Day in 1944. Today, the first French nuclear submarine is on display in the museum.
But our goal for this visit was to find cheese! A particular cheese: Brillat-Savarin. While living in Pennsylvania, we discovered this cheese at the Wegman’s supermarket chain. We loved it!!! Brought some home every week!!! But we have not been able to find it since leaving Pennsylvania and we are determined to savor that pleasure once again!!!
Brillat-Savarin is a soft, white-crusted, cow’s milk, triple cream brie. It was created by the Dubuc family in 1890 and was originally named “Delice des Gourmets” (“Gourmets’ Delight). It was in the 1930s that cheese-maker Henri Androulet renamed it, as an homage, after Jean Antheime Brillat-Savarin, a well-known French gourmet and successful political figure. Today, it is produced mostly in Burgundy.
Recently, I learned the French cheese-making company, Rouzaire, is producing a cheese they named “Pierre Robert” based on Brillat-Savarin but aged for a much longer period of time. The extra aging results in deeper, earthy flavors with a more intense, salty taste. Pierre Robert is said to be even creamier than Brillat-Savarin. We have a new quest!!!!!
But first, we will hunt for CHOCOLATE. Our next port is Zeebrugge, Belgium.