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Searching for a Long-Lost Cheese

Years ago, I tasted what remains one of my favorite cheeses I've ever sampled, but I don't know the name of it. This was at Jaleo, in DC, c. 2001 or 2002. The cheese was served with a fig spread and small toasts. I don't know if it's was made from goat's milk, cow's milk, or anything. The texture was intriguing: creamy, spreadable, but with a nice element of grittiness or chalkiness. The taste was nutty, and though it wasn't a stinky cheese it wasn't a sweet or neutral thing either. That's about the best I can do description-wise. Does anyone remember this particular plate at Jaleo, or have any ideas about what that elusive, beautiful cheese might have been? I just checked the Jaleo menu online and none of the cheeses are ringing a bell, but maybe I'm missing something.

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