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Bettina Makalintal

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Editorial Assistant Bettina Makalintal is the newest addition to the culture team. With a background in the food industry and as a bike mechanic, she can often be found biking in search of new donut shops.

peach focused cheese plate

The Peach Cheese Plate


Ripe peaches are the stuff of daydreams, but their splendid sweetness is as fleeting as the summer season. So, when fresh peaches are plentiful, show them off on a cheese plate—for pointers, we looked to Georgia, of course. Mary Mayer, owner of Cheeses & Mary in Milton, Ga., shares picks that are peachy indeed. Inspired to share the stories of […]

Humboldt Fog Ice Cream

You Need to Try This Humboldt Fog Ice Cream


With roots in Portland, Oregon, Salt & Straw is reimagining the ice cream shop. You’ll find the standbys—from old-fashioned vanilla to brownie-loaded chocolate—at the company’s 15 West Coast locations. But they’re nestled alongside new school takes: cold brew dashed with cacao nibs; strawberry with balsamic and a crack of black pepper; or chocolate chip cookie […]

cherry season and cheese

In Season: Cherries


Cherries and cheese go together like champs; the hint of sour cuts through rich, salty cheeses, yet doesn’t overpower milder picks.

headshot of ashley christensen of poole's diner in raleigh, north carolina

Voicings: Ashley Christensen


Over the last decade, North Carolina native Ashley Christensen has built a restaurant empire in Raleigh. It began in 2007 with Poole’s, a modern American diner—which currently makes 16,000 orders of its famous mac and cheese per year, Christensen says. She now has six restaurants under her belt including a fried chicken joint, Beasley’s Chicken […]

3 Cheeses That Look Like Manchego But Aren’t


If you’ve tried Spanish cheese, then you’ve most likely met Manchego, the star of many a tapas spread. Made from exclusively sheep’s milk—and from only Manchega sheep—Manchego is distinct in its sharp, lingering flavor. But it’s recognizable for more than its flavor. Manchego’s appearance is just as iconic: a dark brown rind imprinted with a plaited […]

edible insects

Great 28: Cheese + Insects


Hear us out—edible insects aren’t as intimidating as you might think. In fact, a 2013 United Nations report estimated that at least two billion people worldwide eat insects regularly. Once you get past the mental block, you’ll find that insects are packed with protein and nutrients, plus interesting flavors that play nicely with cheese (really!). […]

The Best Smoked Cheeses to Eat Right Now


Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s cookout season. Those summer grill sessions call for more than just good company and crisp brews: You’ll need plenty of cheese to knock back while you cook. We all know that smoky, charred flavor is great on meats and veg—but don’t stop there: There’s a […]

In Queso You Missed It May 20th


Good morning, cheese lovers! Before you get to grocery shopping and meal prepping on this springy Sunday, take some time to chow down on the cheesiest news. Productivity can wait; there’s MDMA-spiked brie, pizza delivery by plane, cheese-topped bananas, and more to catch up on.  Here’s what you may have missed this week: In London, […]