L'Auberge de l'Omois
Travelling in France is pretty fantastic. Nothing is really very far by car or train, which means experiencing regional specialties is easy and generally inexpensive. Our meal at L'Auberge de l'Omois was a case in point. Baulne-en-Brie is a miniscule town thirty minutes from the town of Épernay. the epicenter of the world of champagne, and wouldn't have made it onto our radar were it not for an intriguing listing for the restaurant on TripAdvisor. It spoke of an owner who cooked simple, typical food using products that were the very definition of "locally sourced". The pork came from the farmer across the road. His friend a couple miles away made the cheese. It was an ideal meal: inexpensive, delicious, and infused by the owner's character and charm. All four cheese were great representations, but I was smitten by the maroilles (11 o'clock on the plate). It's a cow's milk cheese with a washed rind from the north of France with an interior rather like Brie and a gorgeous earthy taste.
L'Auberge de l'Omois, 1 Gr Grande Rue, 02330 Baulne-en-Brie