Last weekend I bought a blueberry wine and have been waiting for my weekly “family dinner” with friends to enjoy it. The wine is
delicious, but it is certainly a dessert wine and super sweet. The vineyard suggests pairing the wine with cheesecake, so I searched “cheesecake Albany, NY.” Of course, The Cheesecake Factory was the first thing to come up. Yes, I love their cheesecake just as much as every other person (I have to admit I’m actually not a huge fan of their food), but I wanted something local if I could find it.
The second place that came up was Cheesecake Machismo, located at 293 Hamilton Street in Albany. They don’t have a Web site, so I checked out some reviews, and the place is glorified, to say the least, so I hopped on my scooter and went.
My intentions were to buy half a plain cheesecake, thinking that if I wanted to absorb the flavor of my wine that I didn’t want a flavored cheesecake to distract me. I walked into Cheesecake Machismo and learned that I couldn’t exactly do that. They make their cheesecakes fresh, and if you want a half or whole cheesecake you need to order it four days in advance. A downer for me because I wasn’t aware of this and needed my cheesecake then, but still a positive because they are making fresh, for real, not frozen cheesecake. So, I’ll take it. Anyway, you can order slices of the different varieties they have that day, so I picked six for a half cheesecake.
They have a lot of different and fun kinds of cheesecake, it’s awesome. What’d I get? Two blueberry maple, chocolate buzz (with espresso beans), tiger stripes (Kahlua blended with caramel), butter rum, and one plain. Now, I’m going to be honest, this isn’t a cheap endeavor. It cost me $25 for six pieces of cheesecake. A little pricey, yes. However, I don’t buy cheesecake often, nor should I.
Favorite? Drum roll please….surprisingly enough, mine was butter rum. I say this with surprise because I typically like more shocking flavors, as in with ice cream and such. I found that the butter rum had the perfect amount of richness and flavor to make it extraordinarily enjoyable. Too often when tasting cheesecake I think, “Yeah, this is amazing, but it’s so rich I can only eat two bites.” Not with Cheesecake Machismo. It was perfect. I could eat the whole thing. Other fan favorites within my dinner party? Three votes for chocolate buzz, so if you go you better give that one a try too.