There aren't many things in life that I like more than cheese.
There aren't really many things in life that I like more than champagne.
Bring together those two superpowers of pleasure and you're left with something quite wonderful. My month-long detox had come to a close and I was off to taste some delicious French cheeses with fellow blogger and food enthusiast Laura.
I wore my Love Moschino top (an Asos sale purchase) my L'Agence black skirt and ankle boots from Dune.
French Bubbles hold champagne and cheese tasting classes at a little shop and bistro in the heart of Covent Garden called Champagne + Fromage.
We arrived for our class right on time at 12.30pm. We were all guided down a steep stairway to a small room where ten gorgeous cheese platters were set out on a table waiting for us.
We had eight French cheeses to taste on two separate platters alongside three different champagnes.
Our French tutor briefed us on the cheeses as we tasted - or more accurately, 'demolished' - each one.
Our champagne was introduced and regularly topped up!
There were suitable accompaniments matched with the cheeses such as quince jelly, liquor-soaked cherries and lavender. A few cheeses, such as the delicious Comte Extra, were just perfect on their own; others like the Paulinetoise tasted much better when spread on a piece of fresh bread.
After we had tasted and judged all of our cheeses, the session was perfectly rounded off with a dessert: a chocolate fondant made with Bleu des Basques blue cheese.
It was divine! It was soft and gooey inside just as a fondant should be. The blue cheese flavour was subtle but still managed to give the dish a really unusual punch! Definitely a recipe I'm going to give a go at home.
The atmosphere in the class was very informal and friendly. We had lots of time to chat away to each other in between our tutorials.
Our afternoon of cheese tasting at Champagne + Fromage was really enjoyable. The two hour class is £45 and I have to say that I was very impressed at how generous they were with the number of cheeses and the amount of champagne each of us were given.