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Post Diwali Indulgences

New Delhi, India
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It’s that time of the year again! There is a slight nip in the air and the smells of autumn fill up mornings. Diwali has just gone by but that really hasn’t put a stop to all the festivities. The... Read more

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Recipes from Afar: Kentucky Beer Cheese on Toast

November 25, 2014

Bourbon optional   A few months ago in Louisville, Kentucky, we went hunting for beer cheese. Much in the vein of England's...

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Recipes from Afar: Kentucky Beer Cheese on Toast

Homemade Kentucky beer cheese on toast
Bourbon optional
 

A few months ago in Louisville, Kentucky, we went hunting for beer cheese. Much in the vein of England's Welsh rarebit, this state specialty combines cheese with beer and spices in a dip of sorts and serves it, traditionally, with crackers. It turned out beer cheese wasn't terribly hard to find in Louisville; brewpubs served it with pretzels and even the farmers market had a stand selling the stuff. But it wasn't until we went to Eiderdown, a restaurant in Germantown, late one afternoon, that we really got the appeal of the stuff.

A local guy—whose apartment we were renting via Airbnb—told us Eiderdown had "perfected the perfect beer cheese," so we packed up our one-year-old and drove the 10 minutes southeast of downtown to Germantown. It was our fourth day in town, we were tired, and here I was making us try yet another beer cheese, convinced by our host's recommendation that we hadn't yet had a great one. Immediately, we saw we'd made the right move: Unlike the previous cold, harder varieties we'd tasted, this one came to the table warm, paired with a thin-sliced baguette baked at a local cafe. Unbelievably creamy, with a pleasant savory bite, the bowl before us didn't stand a chance. We polished it and our excellent local beers off before our kid could even think of getting antsy.

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Charleston
  • Shrimp & grits

    The classic Southern pairing of shrimp and grits is not Lowcountry specific, but it’s so beloved in Charleston—and shows up on so many restaurant menus here—that we’d be remiss...

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Rhode Island
  • Awful Awful

    Another of quirky Rhode Island’s favorite drinks, the Awful Awful is a sinful concoction of whole milk, flavored syrup, and “secret” frozen ice milk, the latter of which differentiates...

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Istanbul
  • Hünkar beğendi

    For this classic Ottoman dish, chunks of stewed lamb are served on a bed of smoky, roasted pureed eggplants, thickened with cheese and a little milk, and topped with a tomato-based sauce. The dish,...

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  • Post Diwali Indulgences

    New Delhi, India

    meghaaluthra

    It’s that time of the year again! There is a slight nip in the air and the smells of autumn fill up mornings. Diwali has just gone by but that really hasn’t put a stop to all the festivities. …    Read more
  • Tasting Bali, a sensory adventure

    Bali

    annamcphee

    Bali is a land which borders on the culture of east and west, a popular holiday destination between Australia and Asia. The contrasts reflected in the two very different worlds, one of tourism, the…    Read more
  • Best tastes of Southern Tuscany

    manciano

    maremmatuscany

    The Maremma is known for its cultura contadina or peasant's culture. Every town has its own tastes and take on certain dishes. But no matter where you go, Maremman food is hearty, seasonal and plen…    Read more
  • Fish 'n Chips With My Baby

    Cervantes, Western Australia

    eblech

    For many Western Australians fish and chips on the beach is a well established ritual woven into many trips to the beach, particularly in the evening. This food that is common all over the world is…    Read more

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