I happen to really like cheesecake, specifically I like a nonbaked one best (though baked is good too).
Since the big ingredient in cheesecake is cream cheese it stands to reason one wants to use the best you can get. I have been using Philly mostly, and while I like it I figure there is better.
I have a bagel place around the corner that I just love, one reason is the bagels are just awesome but also they use really good cream cheese. While I was in the other day I asked what brand. It is Smithfield Amish style cream cheese. I looked online and I can't find it retail, only in large quantities (like 30 pounds at a go). I asked the owner how much for a box (3 pounds) and he gave me a good price, even though he said he was making a small amount on the sale, and the price was better than Philly at the grocery store. SOLD!
He made a funny comment about the sale being dependent upon getting a slice.
I made the cheesecake and it really was much better than the previous ones. I have always believed you might not make good food with good ingredients but you won't make it with bad ingredients.
I took the nice man his slice of cheese cake yesterday and made sure there was enough for him to share with his wife. I went back today to get my morning bagel and after being told how much she liked it she asked if she could have the recipe.
It really is a nice feeling when people want to know how you made something because they enjoyed it so much. I did find it interesting that she was worried it was a secret recipe and might not want to share it. There's nothing secret about it and I see no reason (other than commercial secrets) to not share a good recipe with other people.
Just a nice feeling at breakfast time.