I was reading on Healthy Aperture, a website that’s dedicated to photos of healthy food, about the top 10 food trends driving restaurant customer loyalty. This particular top ten list was derived from analyzing social media comments from sites like Twitter, OpenTable, Yelp, Facebook, TripAdvisor, Zagat, and Urban Spoon.

One of the top restaurant menu items that people are talking about on social media is burrata. I was recently introduced to burrata at dinner at The Gables in Beach Haven, N.J. If you aren’t familiar with burrata and you like cheese or just enjoy really good food, you need to know about it.

Burrata is fresh ball of cheese. The outside of the ball is a thin layer of mozzarella. Inside that thin layer are fresh cream and little bits of curd. It’s all buttery, creamy goodness. In fact, burrata means buttered in Italian.

My knows-everything-about-cheese friend Tenaya Darlington, the voice behind Madame Fromage, describes the inside of burrata as “plush” and says, “Once you try it, though, you'll never forget it. It's like discovering poached eggs.”

That sums it up beautifully. It’s been over a month since I had the burrata at The Gables, and I haven’t been able to forget it. They served their version on bruschetta with tomatoes, arugula, shallots, and very good balsamic. The combination wowed me.

I’ve seen burrata for sale in grocery stores, but I can’t imagine trying a version that wasn’t fresh. I’m waiting for the right time to have it again - a time when I know someone who knows what he’s doing has freshly prepared the burrata.

Have you had the pleasure of eating freshly prepared burrata? Where did you have it, and did you enjoy your burrata as much as I enjoyed mine?

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

What is burrata?
This special mozzarella cheese is a top trend on menus right now. What exactly is burrata?