The Quest for Cheesecake

Believe it or not, this post is not about knitting. For all the hardcore knitters who are disappointed, I’ll give you a little update at the end of this post and my promise to write a knitting and picture filled post very soon. For now, you are stuck with the story of my pilgrimage to St. Jacobs in search for cheesecake. To truly understand how special this trip is, you need some back-story.

My high school friend Megan and I went on a school trip to Waterloo sometime around 2004 or 2005. It was a conference at Wilfred Laurier University about pollution and how it affects the eco system. On the way there, our small party stopped in St. Jacobs, where we were allowed to stretch our legs and explore the small shops around the street.
Megan and I found this bakery with a huge assortment of cakes, cookies, pudding, pies, bread, mousse, tarts and all manner of delicious things. We immediately zeroed in on a pan of cheesecake. After purchasing said cheesecake, we were off to the hotel. Let me tell you, the only thing I remember about this conference, was the cheesecake. It was by far the best I’ve ever had in my entire life.
Megan now lives in Guelph and I currently reside in Burlington. We were reminiscing about the experience and the cheesecake, okay lets be honest, it was mostly about the cheesecake. As we stared off into space trying not to drool, Megan mentioned that St. Jacobs was not far from Guelph. We immediately made a date to go try to find this ambrobrosia-like cheesecake.
We met in St Jacobs a couple weeks ago. Megan came more prepared than I was; she not only brought a camera, but a cooler with a cryo pack. That’s right, not just one of those blue cold packs, a freaking CRYO PACK. Which has got to be the best because it sounds like it’s made to keep something, more important than cheesecake, cool.

Public parking in St. Jacobs

Megan and I were very patient in our acquisition of this cheesecake. We didn’t simply run to the store, no. We affected an air of maturity and took the logical first step, lunch. The fact that the grill was attached to the bakery had no sway on our decision at all… okay, maybe it had a little sway. After lunch we gave up any pretenses of being inconspicuous and hurried over to see if they still made the cheesecake. It was there, same packaging, same window, same everything. We didn’t exactly hide our glee well….

Alright, I didn’t hide my glee well.

We jumped in line behind a family and discussed what kind we would get, since there was cheery, raspberry and blueberry. I am not going to lie to you; I was actually scared the family in front of us was going to get the cherry one. I’m glad they didn’t because I am not completely sure how I would have reacted. A couple scenarios played out in my mind during the wait. They ranged from me mugging this small family for their cheesecake and running wildly away or completely losing my mind and proclaiming that I did my waiting! Eight years of it!
Luckily, they were only there for cookies and pie.
I got cherry and Megan got raspberry. As soon as we were out of the store, we high tailed it to the car, cooler and cryo pack. We even set off and explored the surrounding shops.
I think we lasted about an hour and a half before heading back to Megan’s place for our cheesecake dinner and viewing of Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.
I thought we might have built the cheesecake up in our minds for eight years. Then when we actually got to have it again, the real deal would pale in comparison to the memory. Folks that cheesecake was just as good as I remember. I actually rationed it, so it would last longer and finished the final piece last week sometime. Unfortunately now I am in withdrawal; I guess I should have seen that one coming…
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’ll update you on the knitting. I finished the Julissa and wore it to work today. I haven’t managed to get any photos of it, but I will get a few good ones and write a more detailed post soon. I am currently working on the second alpha sock; the first one was blogged here. I am also going to continue finishing off my older projects that I have let fall to the side. Then I will start my grandmother’s sweater.