Subscription Addiction: Bright Cellars Delivers A Perfect Cheese Spread

If you love wine, but don’t know much about it, Bright Cellars is an ideal subscription service. They offer a sweet and simple quiz, then send you four bottles picked precisely for your tastes. And now, they’ve applied this same concept and Bright Points algorithm to the cheeses you could pair with your picks. Selecting from over 900 different cheeses, Bright Cellars promises you something special for your cheese board.

Now, I’m the kind of girl who can sit down with a block of cheddar, perfectly content. But I’m also the girl that will knock people down in her haste to get to the fancy cheese board at any given posh event. (I’m also known to put together a mean platter of my own.) So, I was absolutely giddy over this offer.

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How It Works
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As illustrated by this screengrab of Bright Cellar’s website, all you need to do is fill out a brief survey that maps your flavor profile, approve the four cheeses selected especially for you, and pony up $ 55. The questions on the survey include «How do you like your coffee?» and how you prefer to eat cheese (at a wine tasting? with friends? with a book?), and how adventurous you’re willing to be with your options.

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I chose the «surprise me» option. From there, I was promised four cheeses that boasted Bright Points scores of 91 to 97, the higher the number the more confident Bright Cellars is that I’ll go gaga for that cheese.

How It Went
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Clock Shadow Creamery: Quark

The highest point value went to the quark, which is a fluffy cheese that’s mild and slightly sweet. I followed the first serving suggestion, and paired it with some fresh berries and a drizzle of honey.

Fancy quark DIY dessert!

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It was delightful, and allowed me to feel quite fancy. It’s also good with crackers, and easy to eat with a spoon straight out of its resealable bowl.

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Armada: Sublime Lime Cheddar

Look. I love me some cheddar, but I raised an eyebrow over throwing citrus in the mix. Yet this cheese—with the lowest compatibility score—was the first one I cut through. It’s got a nice bite, and the lime twist made it a zesty ingredient for a wide array of recipes. I did eat some slivers night cheese style. But others I added to Western Omelettes, tacos, and sandwiches. It gave each one a little bit of zing. This is the most versatile of the bunch.

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Caerphilly: Misty Isles

A bit creamy and a bit crumbly, a bit savory and a bit sweet, this Welsh cheese has found its way into my soups, pastas, scrambled eggs, and salads. I’m not fancy enough to attempt a souffle. But its texture allows it to mellow nicely into just about any hot dish. It gives food a bit of body, and a soft savoriness. Surprisingly versatile, it also pairs lovely with crackers and a white wine. (Admittedly, I generally prefer a white wine with all things.)

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Marieke Gouda: Truffle
Brick Original: Bon Bree

For reasons unknown, the promised truffle-flavored gouda was not in my Bright Cellars box. Which I was admittedly relieved over, because I’m of the opinion «truffle» is overrated and needs to stop being on every french fry and kernel of popcorn in NYC. Anyhow, in this gouda’s place was a curious bree. Per the card that accompanied it:

This cheese has been a long time coming: resurfacing after almost 30 years, this cheese has made a comeback and is known for its firm texture, creamy taste, and quality production. A pure natural cheese with no preservatives or food coloring, no artificial flavoring and a simple, flavorful dashing of salt, this cheese with quickly become a staple of your cheese board. This cheese is perfect melted over corned beef and with a glass of pinot noir.

That’s actually a solid description of this delightful and bold bree. Instead of the suggested corned beef pairing, I’ve been pairing it with salami on sandwiches, and letting slices melt into sauces. It’s a bit salty and a sliver of sour, bringing a sophisticated flavor across the (cheese) board.

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Conclusion

This is a must for any cheese-lover. While the price is high, the cheese you get isn’t the kind you’re likely to find outside of a specialty shop, so it’s worth the splurge. Plus, Bright Cellars’ Bright Points system promises you’ll be pleased with their personalized picks. I was positively delighted with mine. And if you’re not, contact customer service for a free substitute!

Sending four cheeses each month, Bright Cellars delivers a lavish amount. So it’s not something I’d recommend on the regular. But for «treat yourself» moments and holiday gatherings, this is an ideal subscription service that’ll add some panache to your snacking and poshness to your platters. It’d also make a unique and appreciated gift for the cheese lover in your life.

Check out Subscription Addiction reviews for Level Up, Stitch Fix, Try The World, Darby Smart, Treatsie, Chococurb, Loot Crate, Candy Club, Blue Apron, Bright Cellars, and Julep. In the comments, tell us which subscription service you’d like to see reviewed next.

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Katy Perry Shines Bright at the iHeartRadio Awards After Split From Orlando Bloom

Katy Perry shone bright at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in LA on Sunday. The «Chained to the Rhythm» singer stunned in a white and gold strapless jumpsuit, which paired perfectly with her new blonde pixie cut. Katy’s fun outing marks her first appearance since her split from Orlando Bloom. After a little over a year of dating, the two called it quits in late February, and the duo’s reps released a joint statement that said they would be «taking respectful, loving space at this time.» A couple days later, Katy addressed the split via Twitter, urging «a new way of thinking» and insisting that «no one’s a victim or a villain.» Orlando has yet to comment on the matter, but he was spotted chatting up women on the beach over the weekend.

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New Netflix Series ‘Bright’ Gets A Confusing, Un-shiny Trailer

If, like me, you skipped the Academy Awards to play Batman: Arkham Asylum again, you probably missed the trailer for Netflix’s newest movie. It is called Bright and it reunites David Ayer and Will Smith (from the now Oscar-winning Suicide Squad) in a movie written by Max Landis.

I KNOW.

So what is this movie about? Well, you can’t tell from the trailer but…

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it. Bright is available only on Netflix this December. Bright is directed by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch, Suicide Squad) stars Will Smith (Men in Black), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad). The movie is written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and produced by Ayer, Eric Newman (Narcos) and Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games). The Netflix Original Film will launch globally this December.

I KNOW.

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Donald Trump is Not a Very Bright Man

Donald Trump is not a very bright man. He doesn’t read. He has very little understanding the Constitution, and though he is President of the United States, he doesn’t have a firm grasp — or even a loose grasp — on basic economic principles. For instance, we learned — thanks to more White House leaks — that Donald Trump called his, uh, National Security Advisor, General Flynn, at 3 a.m. the other night to ask him if a strong dollar is good for the economy or is a weak dollar good?

Flynn — who is a GENERAL, and not an economist — told Trump that perhaps he should ask someone else, like maybe his Treasury Secretary. Trump was displeased with Flynn’s answer.

Trump is not a smart man. In fact, Elliot Cohen — a senior State Department official under President George W. Bush — thinks that Trump is «not a mentally healthy president.» That’s a nice way of saying: He’s an idiot. An idiot who wanders through the White House alone at night, in his bathrobe, brooding and tweeting angrily.

Probably the biggest tell that a dumb person is dumb is when he insists he is smart. A smart person doesn’t have to tell you he’s smart. He’s just smart. A dumb person tries to convince you of the opposite. That’s what Donald Trump tried to do this morning when explaining to the Sheriff’s system the court system’s ruling on his travel ban. He has no fucking clue what the judges are saying.

And that’s why, sometimes, when CNN quotes Donald Trump directly, it sounds like an insult:

Jump ahead to the 1:41 mark on this video and listen to Donald Trump try to explain the Boston ruling on the travel ban, and watch his little brain try to unsuccessfully process what he is reading. He has no fucking clue.

Oh man: The President of the United States couldn’t pass a GED exam.

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Adam Driver Says Star Wars Costar Carrie Fisher «Burns Very Bright»

Adam Driver went from quirky Girls actor to Hollywood superstar practically overnight in late 2015 when he played Kylo Ren, the villain at the heart of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While we imagine being on the set of any Star Wars film would be an incredible experience, Adam had the special pleasure of working with the late Carrie Fisher, who returned to reprise her iconic role as Princess Leia. Adam opened up about the tremendous loss of Carrie while appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday night. «As you can tell from meeting her, she burned very bright, and had such a great, very generous energy,» he said. «For that suddenly not to be on set, and we’re talking about it and all publicity, or just in life when you see her at a Star Wars event . . . to have her character — not just her character in the movie, but her character missing from that very small unit — is a tragedy.» Watch him talk more about her at the 6:36 mark.

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‘Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher’ Will Drown Us All in Our Own Tears

In 2014 and 2015, Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, who as penance for his role in Short Circuit now makes socially conscious documentary films, followed Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher to examine their lives as deeply connected mother and daughter as well as two distinctly fascinating and important women. Originally slated for release in April, the film will come to us this weekend on HBO. We’re excited to watch, but we wish its earlier release was under far less heartbreaking circumstances.

Any fan of Fisher, most notably Postcards from the Edge or Wishful Drinking, knows just how inextricably tied together Fisher and Reynolds were, right down to their shared funeral tomorrow. At times contentious, sometimes unconventional, but always, always completely loving one another.

Get your tissues. You’ll need them.

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