As any New Englander will tell you, the town of Kennebunkport is a very well-known spot, in part because it’s where the Bush family (yes, THAT Bush family) has its summer home, and in part because it is a beautiful place with a charming town center and countless historic buildings. As you might expect, it can get rather crowded, with its restaurants and shops often packed with people in the peak summer months as well as during its Christmas Prelude festival.
A short distance from Kennebunkport village, however, is a section of town called Cape Porpoise, which feels more like a remote fishing village, with a tiny commercial district and a “main” road that dead-ends at the water. At the end of this road is a hidden little spot called The Ramp Bar & Grill.
There is an upscale restaurant above the basement bar under the same ownership, but The Ramp is quite a bit different from that restaurant. Decked out like a true sea shanty, there are lobster traps outside, a bar area where you’re required to get cozy with your neighbors, a handful of tables tightly packed together, creaky wooden floorboards, lots of memorabilia on the walls, and views that almost make you feel like you’re on a boat. The clientele at the bar is quite diverse, with wealthy folks from Kennebunkport mixing with local fishermen, often-loud barflies, and a few in-the-know tourists.
The menu is limited but the food is excellent, with above-average pub grub and seafood items offered. A few highlights include a hearty split pea soup; some of the best clam chowder in the area; a nicely-presented meze dish with hummus, grape leaves, and more; addictive onion strings; an old-school spaghetti and meatballs plate; outstanding fish and chips; a juicy burger with Vermont Cheddar cheese; savory chicken taquitos with salsa; and, of course, a classic Maine lobster roll. Drinks include a few craft beers and hard liquor, which is often consumed in impressive quantities by some of the more boisterous folks at the bar.
The Ramp is a place that is full of character (and characters), and is a terrific option for those who don’t want to fight the crowds in Kennebunkport village. Add to this the tremendous water views, a friendly wait staff, and easy parking, and you have a real winner in this incredibly interesting part of southern Maine.
Marc Hurwitz is the founder of Boston's Hidden Restaurants, a website that focuses on lesser-known dining spots in the Boston area and elsewhere in New England.
2020 Guide to the Best Restaurants in Aruba
View our Guide to Aruba's Best Restaurants for advice on where to go no matter what you're in the mood for!
Besides staying at an amazing resort and experiencing incredible things to do, there’s one activity that all vacationers have in common: eating!
And for travelers coming to Aruba for the first time, our sheer assortment of restaurants can feel overwhelming, especially considering the fact that we’ve got so much variety to choose from.
Whether you’re looking for local cuisine, Italian, Asian fusion, North American, or anything else in between, the One happy island is features a melting pot of flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques sure to please even the most discerning of palates.
In this Guide to Aruba’s Best Restaurants, we’ll break down some of the island’s best dining destinations so that you can spend less time wondering where to eat in Aruba, and more time enjoying your meals!
The Chora, or main town, on Andros. Photograph: Kate O Malley/Getty Images
Two hours from the port of Rafina, near Athens, this mountainous island is the northernmost of the Cyclades archipelago and a favourite with holidaying Greeks for its food, beaches and pretty villages. More fertile and greener than the rest of the Cyclades, the island has a well-maintained network of trails,making it a hiker’s paradise.
What to do
Rent a car that can go off-road, as some of the best places are reached down dirt tracks. The main town, Chora, is a cluster of neoclassical mansions that juts out to sea, with a marbled square and impressive museums dedicated to contemporary art, archaeology and folklore. The seaside town of Batsi is where most tourists stay, but it’s still relatively quiet, with a selection of tavernas and coffee shops.
Andros has a glut of stunning wild beaches, including Zorkos, Vitali, Achla (the most difficult to reach), and Pidima tis Grias (old woman’s leap). Those with facilities and watersports include Agios Petros, Xrisi Akti and Kypri.
Six kilometres from Chora, the village of Menites, at the foot of Petalo mountain, is famous for its spring waters. According to legend, in ancient times wine flowed from the mouths of the lion statues in the square, which was the setting for wine festivals called “Dionysus parties”. Paleopoli, Andros’s ancient capital, has the remains of the fifth-century fortified city, with its marketplace, theatre, altars and temples. Inland there are spectacular waterfalls at Pithara, and a famous gushing spring at nearby Sariza.
Where to stay
On the outskirts of Chora, Small Paradise (doubles from €110 B&B, two-night minimum) offers three suites with kitchen facilities on an organic farm. The owner is the embodiment of Greek hospitality, and the organic food is a particular highlight, made using ingredients from the farm such as olive oil, lemons, oranges, apricots, figs and peaches, as well as vegetables. By contrast Blu Enigma Hotel (apartment for two from €60) in the village of Apikia has its own skateboarding bowl and hosts artists, BMXers and skaters, with regular art installations and exhibitions.
Where to eat
Balkoni tou Aigaiou (Aegean Balcony) offers lunch or dinner with 180-degree sea views. The meat is sourced from the owner’s farm and the menu also has vegetable specialities and froutalia (an omelette with potatoes and sausage). For fish, there’s Stamatis taverna in Batsi, Karavostasis in Gavrio on the west coast, or Nonas on the seafront in Chora.
The beach at Chiliadou, Evia.
Photograph: Constantinos Iliopoulos/Alamy
Greece’s second-largest island, Evia is often overlooked in favour of more glamorous destinations. But this gem within striking distance of Athens is worth exploring for the variety it offers: some parts feel like Switzerland-on-sea others resemble the Caribbean. It’s a two-hour drive from Athens, or a one-hour ferry crossing from the port of Rafina – yet very rarely busy.
What to do
In the north of the island the thermal springs of Edipsos are mentioned by Plutarch and Aristotle as the place Hercules went when he needed to restore his powers. More recent visitors have included Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Winston Churchill and Omar Sharif. At the other end of the island, the Montofoli wine estate in Karystos offers tours and tastings of its four varietals including renowned dessert wines. Karystos hosts a wine festival at the end of August, and the estate has four pricey villas (€400 a night) for those who want to push the boat out. Hiking trails from Lamari or Stropones lead to the beach at Chiliadou on the east coast for a rewarding swim in clear waters framed by dramatic cliffs.
At Drakospita in the south, 23 megalithic structures with roofs made of huge slabs of limestone are known as dragon houses. They may have been sanctuaries to Zeus, Hera or Hercules, or ancient defensive structures. The mountain villages offer cool sanctuary in the height of summer, with lots of signposted hiking trails through the woods. Steni village is a personal favourite.
Where to stay
The Old Stone Cottage (€150 a night for four) on the outskirts of Karystos is a secluded spot with two bedrooms and beautiful views across the bay and a ruined castle. Villa Averoff (from €1,850 a week for eight) in the hill village of Kirinthos, is a tranquil 19th-century estate in extensive grounds with two grand mansions each accommodating eight (which can be rented separately or together with three smaller buildings sleeping 26 people all together).
Where to eat
Mouria grill (+30 2228 051234) in the leafy village square in Stení, in the middle of the island, serves hearty mountain food made with local produce such as kondosouvli (spit-roast pork), wild mushrooms and fried cheese bread. Gefsiplous, by the sea in Karystos, is a family-run restaurant serving simple salads, seafood and grilled meats.
Directions or Map Insert
If your wedding venue is hard to find or GPS directions might not send guests the best route, consider including a directions insert. A hand-drawn map is a fun option if you want to highlight several locations relevant to your wedding (great for destination weddings!) and it also makes a sweet keepsake.
Since you’ll have guests traveling from different locations, it’s best to offer directions from a common starting point. For example, a local airport or highway interchange, or the hotel most guests will be staying at. Another option is to include directions from the ceremony location to the reception location.
If your reception is at a different location than the ceremony and you are not using a separate reception card, the directions card is a great place to list the full address for the venue.
Directions Card Wording Samples
NEW HAVEN COUNTRY CLUB
11507 Valley View Drive
New Haven, Indiana
Head north on Grant Avenue
toward Church Street.
Take the 1st left onto I-80/South Church Street. Continue to follow I-80 south.
Merge onto i-234 North/Prince
William Parkway via the ramp to I-66.
Turn right onto Sudley Manor Drive.
Turn left onto Lakeshore Trail.
The club will be approximately
one mile ahead on the left.
SPRINGSIDE COUNTRY CLUB
6500 Springside Road
Take I-75 south to exit 165. Take exit 165 on the left to merge onto I-16 E toward Jim L Gillis Highway/Savannah. Take exit 84 for GA-297 toward Vidalia. Turn left onto GA-297 N. Turn left onto Springside Road and the club will be on the left.
Take I-16 west to exit 90. Take exit 90 to merge onto GA-4 N/U.S. 1 N. Turn left onto
Springside Road. Springside Country Club
will be on the left.
10 of Sydney’s Best Greek Restaurants
Due to the economic crisis that has plagued Greece, a large number of Greeks migrated to find a better future. One of the main beneficiaries of this wave of migration is the city of Sydney, ranking Australia as one of the main destinations for the Greek community.
Australia hosts one of the biggest Greek communities in the world, with 93,740 born in Greece and 397,431 people with Greek ancestry, according to the 2016 census conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
It’s no coincidence that Greek restaurants have consequently boomed at the same time. Greeks brought with them their culinary skills that are used to help run these eateries.
For this reason, we have compiled a list of the top 10 Greek restaurants in Sydney, Australia, according to TripAdvisor, a travel and restaurant company that displays restaurant and hotel reviews.
Medusa Greek Taverna. Source: Wikipedia
The story of Medusa starts with the family’s love of traditional Greek cooking combined with fresh farm ingredients and recipes. This was the ideology that Peter Koutsopoulos used to create his restaurant, bringing Greek cuisine traditions of 40 years ago to Parramatta, Australia. Peter’s desire for his Mama’s traditional flavors made him go back to Greece to rediscover them and bring them back to Sydney to create Medusa.
Diethnes Restaurant. Source: Diethnes website.
Providing high quality traditional Greek dining since 1952, Diethnes is a family restaurant that has maintained its famous reputation in Sydney. Besides sharing a wide variety of food, the ‘Diethnes experience’ includes immersing yourself in the Greek warm atmosphere that the restaurant provides, by experiencing the true meaning of ‘kefi’ (fun) and having the feeling that you are sitting by the seaside of a Greek island.
3. The Apollo
Apollo Restaurant. Source: Wikipedia
The Apollo is located in Potts Point, that combines the professional success and heritage of Jonathan Barthelmess. The eatery has flavors of the Mediterranean, including both outdoor and banquette seatings, and a chef’s table besides the kitchen that has an elegant minimalist decoration, mirroring the simple and dusty Greek landscape.
At Apollo, Jonathan has been getting in touch with his roots he cooks Greek food by developing his personal unique blend of innovation and tradition.
Ahgora Restaurant. Source: Ahgora website.
In ancient Greece, citizens gathered at the ‘agora’ (meeting place). Jan and Marek wanted this concept to be the foundation of their restaurant, a place where people can meet to eat and drink. Set in a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere on Glebe Point Road, Agora brings a big selection of traditional Mediterranean and Greek dishes re-exploring them with modern techniques.
Alpha Restaurant. Source: Wikipedia
Alpha restaurant is all about hospitality, generosity, and shared feasts – which is what Greek cooking has always been about. Since its opening in the late 1950’s, Alpha combines traditional and modern Greek cooking. Touches of culinary techniques re-owned by the chef Peter Conistis include seasonal, rustic dishes, cooked in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven.
The restaurant first opened as a meeting place for migrants, businesses, and shopkeepers and a place for Greek culture to be discovered.
1821 Restaurant. Source: Wikipedia
The year of 1821 was when the Greeks decided to free themselves from the Ottoman Empire by starting the War of Independence.
Jim Kospetas’s restaurant reflects the passion and love he has for his Greek roots. His vision for 1821 is “Made in Greece” and that is why his restaurant consists of 100% Greek ideas, decoration, design, and materials.
7. Subterranean Greek Grill & Bar
Subterranean Greek Grill & Bar. Source: Wikipedia
Started in 2010, on the lower ground floor of the GPO building at No.1 Martin Place, Subterranean Greek Grill & Bar includes a variety of authentic Greek food, desserts, and BBQ grill.
The underground casual tavern-style dining room has an open kitchen in the center stage and sandstone walls that have been there for 100 years, making it a memorable place to visit.
Yia Mas Restaurant. Source: Wikipedia
Founded in 2009, the tavern’s aim is to present traditional Greek food for everyone to savor. It is served with Greek hospitality and has an authentic yet modern Greek setting, that makes you feel as if you are dining in Greece.
9. Greek Eats – Plateia Where Friends Meet
Greek Eats – Plateia Where Friends Meet. Source: Wikipedia
Located at Bayswater Road, Potts Point, Greek Eats – Plateia Where Friends Meet, is a cozy restaurant where you can either spend time catching up with your friends and family or read a book while devouring delicious Greek food. Some of its best sellers include Mixed Grill and Vegetarian or Gyros Pita. The restaurant also delivers to your home.
10. Seed Greek Kouzina
Seed Greek Kouzina. Source: Wikipedia
The family restaurant offers a warm environment accompanied with modern Greek dining that radiates a homely charm. They use fresh local ingredients along with good quality Greek wines. Go and enjoy a relaxed homely atmosphere at the Seed Greek Kouzina.
Main Street: Eats on the Street
San Antonio restaurant Frank features artisan sausages including antelope, rabbit and pork.
Pearl Street forms the southern boundary of Granbury’s historic town square, which surrounds the Second Empire-style Hood County courthouse. The courthouse’s prominent clock tower keeps shoppers and diners punctual as they explore the square’s 30 stores and more than a dozen eateries.
Located one block west of the square, a 1933 Sinclair gas station has been reborn as the café Pearl Street Station, which now welcomes customers with a wide porch outfitted with picnic tables and ceiling fans. The café’s menu focuses on barbecue and Cajun cuisine, with daily specials like smoked brisket, crawfish étouffée, and blackened catfish.
Another iteration of regional cuisine comes in the form of Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus & Biergarten, also on Pearl Street. Owned by German natives, the restaurant offers traditional fare like schnitzel, bratwurst, and potato pancakes, which you can enjoy inside or outside on the cozy patio with a trickling rock fountain.
Or, savor a bit of Pearl Street’s high-end dining at Eighteen Ninety Grille and Lounge. Try the Texas Trilogy—a plate featuring free-range chicken, bacon-wrapped quail, and tenderloin. For a spicy spin on comfort food, savor shrimp and jalapeño cheddar grits topped with a white wine cream sauce. The restaurant’s Marketplace offers specialty spices, oils, and vinegars available for purchase.
The portion of historic Route 66 that runs through Amarillo still thrives with culinary and creative culture in the form of Sixth Avenue. Located on the southwest side of Amarillo, between Georgia Street and Western Street, this stretch of Sixth Avenue is lined with buildings dating to the 1920s, many of them bearing a mix of Art Deco and Pueblo architectural styles that locals call Pueblo Deco.
GoldenLight Cafe, established in 1946, still draws travelers on the open road. The low-slung brick building’s cantina hosts a variety of live music performers, including regional and national acts. Classic burgers and fries nod to the cafe’s original menu, while a spicy bowl of Route 66 Chili, served with crackers and topped with chopped onions and cheddar cheese, remains a perennial favorite.
Wild Bill’s Fill’n Station, located in a former gas station on the Mother Road, evokes old-school charm thanks to vintage neon signs, a jukebox, and umbrella-shaded patio tables. In addition to burgers, steaks, and burritos, the restaurant offers an extensive weekend breakfast menu starring plump omelettes, migas, and chicken-fried steak with eggs.
For lighter fare, locals rave about the fish tacos at Braceros Mexican Bar & Grill. Owned by Mexican natives, the restaurant proudly proclaims “No Tex-Mex” and features traditional Mexican specialties such as grilled cactus and seafood soup with crab, fish, and shrimp. The restaurant also features the largest selection of tequila in Amarillo, making the top-shelf margaritas here, which are served in salt-rimmed terracotta cups, very popular.
Rockport/FultonRockport’s Moondog Seaside Eatery offers seafood with waterfront views.
Fulton Beach Road hugs the coast of Aransas Bay, where winter brings white pelicans to gather on rocks along the side of the road. Charlotte Plummer’s Seafare Restaurant has been a staple along this stretch of road since the mid-1970s. The restaurant serves a bounty of fresh seafood, including crowd-worthy seafood platters, and offers a BYOF (bring-your-own fish) option. Overlooking the bay, the restaurant’s decks give diners views of shrimp and oyster boats bringing in fresh catch.
A couple of blocks away on the waterfront, Moondog Seaside Eatery features a spacious deck and patio overlooking the bay and hosts live music each weekend. While enjoying the view, you can satisfy your hunger on traditional surf-and-turf fare, as well as po’ boys, burgers, and smoked brisket.
And if the po’ boys create a hankering for more Cajun fare, try the Boiling Pot for Cajun-spiced seafood. Leave formality at the door customers are given bibs to wear and are encouraged to use their bare hands to dig into seafood piled on sheets of butcher paper.
Located in Fort Worth’s trendy Near Southside district, just south of downtown, Magnolia Avenue’s early 20th-Century architecture projects a youthful vibe, hosting a multicultural array of up-and-coming restaurants. Amidst the warm elegance of Lili’s Bistro, diners enjoy live jazz and savor the restaurant’s “unpretentious global cuisine” ranging from tilapia tacos to crawfish étouffée-topped chicken.
The “global cuisine” label suits most restaurants along Magnolia Avenue, which offer a taste of the world within the reach of a few bike-friendly blocks. Shinjuku Station serves fresh Japanese fare served in small-plate portions. The restaurant’s name and design are nods to the world’s busiest train stop, Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, which logs more than 2 million passengers a day. Dinner specialties include baby octopus and rib-eye sashimi seared on a river stone. At the other end of Magnolia, King Tut Egyptian Restaurant offers a tantalizing array of exotic fare, including vegetarian selections like falafel along with gyros and sirloin moussaka for meat-loving patrons.
Located in the Southtown district just south of downtown San Antonio, South Alamo Street brims with creative culture. In 1986, the Blue Star Arts Complex, housed in then-vacant warehouse buildings on South Alamo, opened across the San Antonio River from the King William Historic District. Blue Star quickly became an anchor for San Antonio’s arts community and now houses the Blue Star Contemporary art museum, apartments, restaurants, a theater, and art galleries. To accompany its hearty pub menu, Blue Star Brewing Company makes a rotating menu of beers, including sour beers and a barley wine, and also hosts weekly jazz concerts.
On South Alamo across the river from Blue Star, the restaurant Frank entices diners to “Come Have a Hot Dog!” Frank features artisan sausages made of meats such as antelope, rabbit, and pork. Accents like cranberry compote, blueberry-habanero-espresso BBQ sauce, and popcorn crawfish make it clear that these aren’t your average ballpark dogs. A sausage board includes a trio of German sausages along with sauerkraut, braised red cabbage, mustard, and pretzel sticks. Vegan franks, portobello cheesesteaks, a hummus sampler trio, and gluten-free buns ensure that there’s a little something for everyone in your party.
A few blocks north, find Rosario’s, a color-splashed eatery that puts a contemporary twist on traditional Mexican dishes, resulting in combinations like shrimp nachos and quinoa-stuffed chiles rellenos. For dessert, select from creative options like cajeta crepes, sweet tamales, and sweet-cream dipped churros.
River Bar & Lounge
Where classic dishes inspired by French and European style cooking, with a modern, creative touch, meet today’s desire for lighter, healthier food. All in a casual, fun, hotspot, with illuminated wine cases full of old and new world wines and specialty cocktails which augment an already exceptional meal. Where sunlight flows during the day and sunsets offer spectacular views over the river from table, bar or banquette seating. And where you’ll find something to delight your taste buds, thanks to local ingredients, flavors and dishes from around the world, prepared with a French and European twist. Join us for a memorable brunch, lunch, a drink at the bar, or a cozy supper. You will leave wishing you could take the Chef and his team home with you.
Before 5 p.m., casual attire is acceptable. Tank tops and swim attire are not permitted.
After 5 p.m., a collared shirt is required for gentlemen. Well-kept denim is acceptable. Tank tops and swim and fitness attire are not permitted.
Not taken for lunch or dinner. Recommended for Sunday Brunch by calling .
For parties of 8 or more, please call for availability and reservations.
Enjoy some good company and a vintage malt whiskey, port, or cognac in a great atmosphere at the new River Bar Lounge. Grand leather chairs. Wood-paneled walls. Old nautical charts and exquisite paintings. And a ceiling made of heart of cypress and pecky cypress beams more than 200 years old. An extension of the River Bar restaurant, the lounge oozes charm and character, the perfect backdrop for nightcap, a relaxing bite, or to catch the game on TV.
Sunday Brunch with Veuve Clicquot
Join us on Sundays for an elegant brunch featuring Veuve Clicquot. Enjoy dishes from a menu of classic French traditions prepared with a southern twist. And relax with bottomless mimosas and tableside crafted cocktails. Beginning February 14.
Other Sea Island Restaurants to Enjoy
An authentic, rustic Italian eatery with a river view. Where the pasta’s homemade and the chef tosses dough through the air at the open pizza kitchen.
Southern favorites and signature dishes. Warm leather ceilings, wood-burning fireplace, and the sweet sounds of the nearby bagpiper. The Oak Room is the perfect place to unwind.
Dine oceanside overlooking the dunes of Sea Island Beach and out onto the Atlantic Ocean. Fresh seafood meets local charm in a casual setting.
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Charming Cement Beach Cottage
Churchhaven, South Africa
The Style: Despite being only nine years old, this cement beach cottage in Churchhaven, South Africa, boasts a nostalgic appeal that's perfect for its idyllic location. "We really wanted to achieve the feel of a house from a bygone age," explains Helen Untiedt, who uses the home as a weekend getaway with her husband, David. "It was also important to us to create something with low environmental impact&mdashusing only natural materials." They called in sustainable expert John Barrett, who designed a modest abode with just enough solar power and clean-burning propane to run a water pump, kitchen appliances, and a few lamps. Here's how he built a retreat that honors the environment, as well as the home's seaside locale.
The Coastal Touch: Keeping in line with the couple's desire for the use of natural materials, the walls and floors are formed from a mixture of white beach sand and cement, creating a soft, off-white back-drop for the vintage-chic interiors. "And you know the greatest thing about it?" enthuses Helen. "It never needs repainting. You can simply wash the walls down to freshen them up. It's not just an eco-friendly solution it's pretty maintenance-free, too."
How to Choose the Right Cheese for Your Quesadilla
You can use any kind of cheese you like to make a quesadilla, depending on the flavor and mouthfeel you want in the finished product. Typically, however, quesadillas contain mild, creamy cheeses that melt easily and are stretchy when warm.
Mozzarella cheese is perfect for quesadillas, widely available and actually very similar to many of the cheeses used in Mexico. A mild cheddar, Alpine-style cheese (like Swiss) or Gouda also work really well. Below are a few traditional suggestions, as well as which kinds of cheese to avoid.
If you’re looking for cheese that was made for quesadillas, then this is it. Or, rather, quesadillas were made for this particular cheese. This is a mild, creamy, melty cheese from the state of Sinaloa in northwest Mexico. It’s also very popular in parts of Texas.
Quesadilla cheese is considered by many to be the original cheese used to make quesadillas. In fact, quesadillas are said to have gotten their name from this type of cheese, rather than the other way around. Quesadilla cheese is becoming increasingly available in the U.S. and features in many Mexican-style cheese blends sold at supermarkets.
First off, Chihuahua cheese has nothing to do with the little dogs. It gets its name from the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico along the borders, which shares a border with Texas and New Mexico. This cheese was traditionally made by German Mennonite immigrants, so people in Chihuahua refer to it as Mennonite cheese, while those throughout the rest of Mexico (and abroad) simply call it Chihuahua cheese. It has a flavor and texture similar to white cheddar or Monterey Jack.
This cheese originated Oaxaca, a state in the southern part of Mexico famous for its food. The process for making mozzarella influenced how local Oaxacans made this cheese, so it shares many qualities with fresh mozzarella, especially its stretchiness. However, it isn’t as wet as its Italian equivalent, making it a better fit for quesadillas.
Oaxacan cheese is sold in ropes that are twisted or rolled together in balls, much like yarn. It is often referred to as Oaxacan or Mexican string cheese because you can pull it apart into tiny strings with your fingers, almost like an American cheese stick. In fact, this is the traditional way of shredding Oaxaca cheese for quesadillas.
Monterey Jack Cheese
This is an American original and is considered the gold standard with which to make traditional Tex-Mex and American-style quesadillas. It actually originated with Spanish monks in Monterey, California when that part of the United States belonged to Spain. Centuries later, an American man named David Jacks started to produce and sell it commercially, calling it Monterey Jack.
Nowadays, this has become the all-purposed “Mexican cheese” in the U.S. with a dizzying array of variations, like spicy pepper jack. It’s also combined with other American-style cheeses, like Colby. It is mild and stretchy and similar to Chihuahua cheese or white cheddar but a little creamier and not as greasy as melted cheddar.
Cheeses to Avoid
I used to think that if I loved to eat a cheese on its own, then it would be amazing melted in a sandwich, burger or quesadilla. However, that’s not always the case. Certain cheeses are meant to be melted, like the ones mentioned above. Others lose all their charm once they get near heat. And others become almost inedible.
Many people love to use sharp, aged cheddars in quesadillas, but that tangy bite and creamy texture disappear almost entirely once melted. Because much of the moisture has evaporated during the aging process, you don’t end up with a creamy, melty cheese. Rather, the milk solids and fats separate, leaving you with grease and something that tastes and feels like melted plastic.
Cheddar cheese can be wonderful in a quesadilla, but stick to younger, milder varieties and enjoy the older ones on their own. The same can be said with other harder, aged cheeses like Manchego and Parmesan.
On the other end of the spectrum are soft cheeses, like brie and Camembert, that turn liquid when heated and run all out the sides of the tortillas. You can make quesadillas with soft cheeses, but you need to be careful with the temperature and how long you toast your quesadilla to get the tortilla crispy and cheese gooey without it turning into a soggy, greasy catastrophe.
Grilled Chicken Fajitas with Peppers in a Cast Iron Skillet - Photographed on Hasselblad H3D2-39mb Camera
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The Grumpy Monk
Don't let the name fool you: There's nothing "grumpy" about the atmosphere, and the patrons are far from saints. But for those looking for a good time, craft brews and a refreshingly creative food menu, The Grumpy Monk is your place. The Grumpy Monk is a popular spot at Broadway at the Beach, both for its unique selection of national craft beers and its eclectic menu, that includes everything from burgers to sushi. A create-your-own salad menu and selection of gluten-free options provide a nice alternative to the array of fried and smothered items.
Recommended for Best of Myrtle Beach's Broadway because: The Grumpy Monk provides lots of options for gluten-free dieters and healthy eaters.
Terry's expert tip: The Grumpy Monk features 10 rotating microbrews on tap as well as a bottle shop with hard to find brands.
The Ramp Bar & Grill: Authentic Seaside Charm - Recipes
Since 1947 Shadowbrook has continued to provide world-class service, fine food, wines and liqueurs in an atmosphere of Old-World charm and grace.
Shadowbrook accepts reservations up to 30 days in advance for dinner service. Credit card guarantee required for parties of six or more. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Walk-ins cheerfully accepted.
With a setting and service that will exceed your expectations, and the flexibility to meet your needs for privacy and efficiency, Shadowbrook will make your event most memorable.