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Bettina Makalintal

Articles written by Bettina Makalintal

Bettina Makalintal is culture's former editorial assistant. With a background in the food industry and as a bike mechanic, she can often be found biking in search of new donut shops.

The Best Chefs of the Year: Brenner Pass


In Richmond, Virginia, Brenner Pass gives a taste of the Alps in the South.

The Best Chefs of the Year: Sushi Meets Cheese at Chizu


In downtown Portland, this trendy cheese bar looks to Japan for inspiration.

Chicory Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Smoked Blue Cheese


A warm and nutty yet sharp vinaigrette brings out the toasted sweetness of smoked blue cheese, while allowing its rich paste to pop.

A Happy Holiday Feast


Culture’s best tips, tricks, and cheese-filled dishes to make your holiday feast a festive success.

The Pie Cheese Plate


Eric Schack of Salumi e Formaggi at Eataly Downtown in New York City shares his favorite ways to pair pie and cheese.

Ingredients Matter


Cultured butter, free range eggs – buying ingredients can be intimidating. We’ve broken down all the buzzwords to make your grocery shopping a breeze.

Gougères with Ossau-Iraty and Piment d’Espelette


These cheese puffs become even more decadent with fruity Piment d’Espelette and nutty Ossau-Iraty.

The Ultimate Guide to Leftovers


An ultimate guide for (safely) dealing with all those Thanksgiving leftovers.