Approximately 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa lies an island nation known as Mauritius that gives off the illusion of an underwater waterfall at the southwestern tip of the island. The visually deceiving impression, created in the water due to the runoff of sand and silt deposits, is especially effective and breathtaking in aerial shots. In fact, the illusion can even be seen on Google Maps.
The Ameribella, from cheesemaking husband-and-wife team Leslie Jacobs and Matthew Brichford of Jacobs & Brichford, is a taste of Northern Italy by way of Connersville, Indiana. Inspired by Taleggio — the classic washed rind of the Valtaleggio region of northern Italy, near Lombardy, where it has traditionally been made since the 9th century — The Ameribella is made with the milk of a mixed herd of grass-fed Tarentaise, Normande and Jersey cows.
Originally named Arabella, this cheese underwent a slight name change recently; as Leslie told me, it’s always been named after Matthew’s great grandmother, whose name was America Arabella. To honor her, they combined her two names and came up with the Ameribella, which also has the unique quality of honoring this cheese’s American terroir and Italian origins.
Jacobs & Brichford are fairly new to the game, having added cheesemaking to their operations within the last couple years, but they’re already producing an impressive cheese (they also have a Fontina-style cheese named Briana). With an orangey-pink, slightly sticky rind and the pudgy square format traditional to Taleggio, the Ameribella has a mildly pungent, barnyardy aroma. The golden paste, with a scattering of eyes and fissures, is buttery and dense, oozing out of the rind as it warms. The flavor is salty and lactic, earthy and mushroomy with notes of hay, broth and fruit and a mellow finish. I actually have two different wedges pictured above; the second was riper and runnier, scoopably soft and with more pungency and complexity of flavor.
Purchased at Lucy’s Whey new Upper East Side shop.
French TV Channel TF1 did a story about the farm and their affinity for French breeds of cow:
“Dude I don’t know what the fuck happened. I was robbing some bitch and the next thing I know I’m being choked out by a fcker that can’t use his legs…..”
THE GUY WITH THE CAUTION WET FLOOR SIGN THOUGH. HE IS MY HERO BECAUSE HE DIDN’T EVEN STOP HE JUST GRABBED IT LIKE ‘WEAPON GET’
The cop watcher
Jose LaSalle helps protect young black and Hispanic men from what he says are unreasonable stop-and-frisks
Jose LaSalle works for New York City’s parks department. By day, he walks around the Bronx and in the neighborhoods of Brownsville and Harlem with his crew of cop watchers, hoping to protect young black and Hispanic men from what he says are unreasonable stop-and-frisks by police.
"Basically, I am patrolling the police just like the Black Panther Party did in California in the 1960s. I just traded the shotgun for a digital camera," says LaSalle, 43, who carries his cellphone with him in hopes of catching a stop-and-frisk on camera. Two years ago, LaSalle’s stepson, Alvin, became a hero to stop-and-frisk opponents when he used his iPod to record the sounds of three cops who stopped him, accused him of "looking suspicious" and handcuffed him. LaSalle gave the recording to a filmmaker, who turned it into a short documentary that went viral.
Usually, LaSalle gives his phone number to young men he meets on the street, and sometimes they call him: “Yo, Jose. The cops are working some kid over here. Come over.”
LaSalle shows up, walking around the neighborhood with his camera, letting the police know that someone is watching. Other times, he receives complaints from residents who say they can’t leave their homes for fear of an officer slamming them against a wall. LaSalle marks the locations of complaints on a map, designs a route for his patrol and starts recording when he sees a cop approaching a young man.