The Big Cheese
17 October 2010 | Spa Creek, Annapolis, Md.
Sunny, Air Temp 75F, Water temp 61F, Wind SW@5-10
Jeannie and "The Cheese Lady"
On Thursday we checked out the boat show, but as it was the motor boat show, we were not too interested. But I picked up a part for the generator from Jock Williams, who had brought it from Maine for me. His boat was the nicest we saw at the show. Most were just white fiberglass and boring.
I also stoped at the generator dealer's booth and complained about some problems I had. He knew of the generator, since we had shopped it back to his shop last winter for an overhaul. So he was surprised to hear it still had problems. He introduced himself and it turned out he was the owner and president of the company, so I got action! That afternoon I had a technician on board. He fixed one problem but not another. He called a bunch of people, and by days end I had everyone stumped. But I have been assured they will sort it out.
While I was on the boat, Jeannie picked up a rental car and did some shopping. By days end we were ready to turn in early. Saturday we did some more shopping then headed for Baltimore Airport to pick up Sarah. We spent the afternoon touring Annapolis, visiting the state capitol and the Naval Academy with its beautiful and historic campus. By late afternoon we were heading back to the dinghy dock, but not before a visit to The Big Cheese, one of the best cheese shops we have found in our cruises.
In addition to the excellent cheese inventory, the owners are extremely entertaining and fun to watch. Here we bought a big selection of cheeses...morbier (smelling like an old tennis shoe, but beautiful tasting), a new-to-me dutch cheese with a sharp smoky flavor, some Tallegio (italian) and some gloucester and huntsman. With a selection of crackers to boot, we were ready to head out, but not until they sang Happy Birthday to Jeannie. Sarah had announced it was her birthday.
Evening found us at Tsunami, an Annapolis restaurant recommended to us by Mary Buchanan, our restaurant guide from Ottawa. It was an odd mix of Japanese and North American seafood. We had some Japanese dishes for appetizers (Tuna, avocado salad with a miso dressing and shrimp tempura). For entrees, I had an excellent sea bass (or rockfish as it is known locally. Sarah had a bouillabaisse that included PEI mussels, and Jeannie had veal chops, again all excellent. I could not handle dessert, but Jeannie and Sarah managed a piece of Smith Island cake, a local multi-layered cake.
We waddled down to the dinghy dock and called the water taxi for the short lift to the boat. Then to complete the celebrations we shared a half bottle of Champagne that I had smuggled aboard un-noticed. Today we're off across the bay to St Michaels.