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The gooey, creamy sandwich that all kids grew up with (and most of us continued to eat religiously into adulthood) has a scrumptious legacy all over the world.
Grilled cheese is one of the simplest, yet most universally delicious dishes in existence. But the days of making grilled cheese sandwiches with cautiously white, airy bread and neon-orange processed cheese of questionable origin is a thing of the past. At least, we think it should be in your past — because there are so many other options.
Put down the Kraft singles and join us for a trip around the world to see how this iconic, lovable sandwich manifests in other parts of the globe.
We take full responsibility for your looming hunger.
Down Unda, grilled cheese often comes in the form of a jaffle, which is a traditional toasted sandwich made in an enclosed metal skillet (often called a jaffle iron). After inserting the sandwich into the jaffle iron, it becomes sealed around all edges; the excess crust is cut away once the iron is sealed. The result is sort of like an Aussie hot pocket. If you’re in Melbourne, pay close attention to Jafflechutes; they basically send you grilled cheese/jaffles via parachutes magically dropped from the sky. No really, that's what they do. [Photo via Flickr]
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
To say Germany hasn't influenced the U.S. would be like denying the existence of water. German is the top self-identified ancestry among Americans. are the most common ancestor among Americans. The Germans taught us to love fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White — while we gave them David Hasselhoff. Two of our country’s beloved meals originate from the Germans: The hamburger comes from Hamburg and frankfurter from Frankfurt. Even apple pie — as “American” as freedom, Big Gulps, and Truck Nuts — is a clear derivative of Apfel Streusel.
Needless to say, ambling around Frankfurt's HIT Markt (Mörfelder Landstraße 129) felt satisfyingly familiar. Upon entering, we saw on one side a bakery loaded with fresh pastries and Kornbrötchen sandwiches. Opposite was a Turkish section, complete with a döner spit and colorful Turkish sauces and freshly spiced veggies.
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Manhattan serves the elites: those money-eyed Wall St. execs and celebrity penthouse dwellers. The Bronx has — well, the Yankees. Brooklyn features those oddball creative kids eating artisanal doughnuts in brick-walled cafes-barbershop-dog parlors. And Queens? Queens has everybody else.
For most visitors, a stop in that last borough is usually no longer than a quick jaunt through JFK or LaGuardia; they might be rushing out the moment they arrive. But what Queens lacks in sexiness, it makes up for with affordability and its status as the city’s most culturally diverse neighborhood. (The notion of Manhattan as a melting pot ended when rent exceeded $2,500/month and the LES chose kitty cafes and clubs named “Fat Baby” over Jewish bakeries and Russian borscht kitchens.)
Today many of NYC’s immigrants reside in Queens, making the borough, which would already be the fourth-largest city in the US if it seceded from NYC, the most ethnically diverse urban area in the entire world. Here over 138 languages are spoken by immigrants from over 100 countries. When you get that many cultures together, well, you get a delicious stew a-brewing, making Queens arguably one of the best places to eat and drink — especially on a budget — in the entire country.
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International travel isn't just about seeing foreign lands and experiencing other cultures. It's also about sampling the very best snacks and candies that another country has to offer. (Everyone speaks the international language of "sweet tooth.") Duty-free airport shops are among the best places to score cool confections with flavors you'll want on your taste buds as soon as you've unpacked. In fact, our recent trip to Canada yielded some yummy treats worth bringing home for friends — with some extras saved for yourself, of course.
While at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, we were scanning the maple syrup-stocked shelves when we came across a series of boxes that were beautifully decorated with various Canadian landscapes and nature photographs. Aptly named Tastefully Canadian, this brand of treats incorporates tastes that reflect the world's fourth largest country from coast to coast — and yes, it definitely sneaks in some maple flavors here and there.
Here are a few specific boxed treats that we'd recommend stocking up on before you catch your flight home. With them in your suitcase — and later in your mouth — you'll be sure to leave with sweet memories of your time in Canada.
UPDATE: After so much outrage from passengers, Norwegian Cruises has been forced to rescind their ban on "To Go" food.
Be very careful sneaking back that midnight snack to your stateroom on the lido deck, as there’s one cruise line that wants you to eat in one place and one place only—the dining room.
According to USA Today, Norwegian Cruise Line has a new rule — or policy, or whatever you want to call it — and it has to do with taking food from the buffet or restaurant and chowing down elsewhere. In a word — don’t. They’re spinning it to sound like they want to keep the ships all neat and tidy, and that plates of food left about is not really appetizing.
Officials do a solid by being somewhat reasonable with things, as they mentioned that grabbing a little cereal for later is fine and dandy. Same with a piece of fruit or something like that. It’s the whole plates of food that’s a no-no, so we guess the shorter take is: just don’t be that guy.
Hey, you guys! It's road trip season, and no trip through America's heartland is complete without snacking your way from state to state. So when we hit the road in Wisconsin with a full gas tank, we wanted to make sure our bellies were just as full — with delicious treats that are synonymous with Dairy-land.
Naturally, the majority of our snacks featured homegrown dairy from any number of farms that call the state home. This is Wisconsin: Don't forget the cheese, glorious cheese! But we'd also recommend treating your taste buds to other special fare like tasty fruit, fresh fish and local beef. Here were some of our favorite bites, and where to find them.
Whether you call it Charm City, The City of Firsts, Ravenstown, or Monument City — something that should be on any itinerary during a trip to Baltimore is crab! When it comes to indulging in quintessentially Baltimorean fare, the small crustacean is at the top of our list. Baltimore crabs are kind of world famous.
Frankly, it's almost impossible to venture anywhere in the city and not find crab on a menu. One of the most common ways to taste the seafood is by choosing crab cakes, but beware, not all are created equal. We'd recommend a splurge on a lump crab cake that features hand-picked crab meat and little to no filler, like breadcrumbs.
Right in the Inner Harbor sits Phillips, a touristy hot spot for seafood that serves up one of the heartier cakes we had while visiting. While it was delicious, we'd eschew the $42 price tag in favor of a more local flavor (at market price) by noshing over at Fells Point, where the hip locals eat. Thames Street Oyster House and Kooper's Tavern are on our short list.
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It may have taken a few years, but American Airlines has finally come around to offering a better breakfast in economy class, on long-haul flights.
You see, it used to be that passengers in the back of plane, on transatlantic flights between the U.S. and Europe, were treated (we use the word sarcastically) to a small and salty hot dinner then, several hours later and before arrival at the destination, a greasy croissant would arrive on a tray. Said croissant would leave grease marks all over the tray, be accompanied by orange juice and little side packets of butter and jam, and altogether make you feel as though your face were a grease slick until you eventually had a chance to shower away the memory of the flight.
We first complained about the meal way, way back in 2011, and went on to take a distinct interest in airline breakfast meals over the years. See our "Surprisingly Awesome Airline Meals" category for times when airlines actually got it right.
Now, the AA has finally cleaned up their act to change economy class breakfast into a pleasant little boxed meal containing things you might want to eat, and wouldn't feel gross for ingesting after a lengthy trip.
The Terimayo dog, JAPADOG's signature hot dog, is topped with teriyaki sauce, mayo, and seaweed
Vancouver is known for its seafood and sushi, but budget travelers need not worry: The city also has one of the most unique Asian-North American street food fusions we've come across in a long time.
Known as the JAPADOG, the concept dresses up the classic hot dog with traditional Asian toppings. It goes well beyond wasabi mayo and cabbage. The east-meets-west theme is probably best embodied in the Yakisoba Dog, which tops an arabiki sausage with yakisoba noddles. Yes, noodles on a hot dog.
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Hope you're hungry.
We may have already shared our secret of the best local ramen on the island (Hamura Ramen Stand!), but the truth of the matter is that there's enough good eats on Kauai to warrant more than just a quick trip. It's no wonder Kauai is a destination with visitor loyalty; travelers and families we met all seemed to have a history with the place, vacationing there for generations or having made it their permanent vacation with a long-distance move.
Deep into a shave ice with a view to the sunset over surfers in Poipu Beach, we admit to considering it ourselves; it would be all too easy to live in Kauai and eat well every day of the year. Still, for those with only several days to taste Kauai, we recommend these 17 favorites:
That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).
Shave ice. Puka Dog. Mai Tais. Ahi poke. Kalua pork. Macadamia nut...everything. We could go on.
You see, the food-related reasons to travel to Kauai, HI are pretty much endless, but we keep returning to one taste from the island over and over: Saimin Ramen.
Though you may recognize the word ramen, "saimin" is a special sort of the comforting noodle dish specific to the Hawaiian islands. The original influence is a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Filipino, but the inclusion of Hawaiian-favorite Spam lunch meat and, depending on your personal preferences, may also contain, sausage, eggs, wonton, dumplings, and kimchi.
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Barbecue is the cornerstone of Austin cuisine, especially for people in town for South by Southwest looking for a local experience. There are a number of great places to try within the city limits to get your fix of ribs and brisket, such as Black's, Rudy's, and Franklin. But if you're looking to escape the crowds for a couple hours, you might consider a lunch trip to Lockhart, the "barbecue capital of the Texas" just 40 minutes south.
The title of being the barbecue capital of Texas was first given to Lockhart by the 76th Texas Legislature and House Resolution #1024 in 1999, which officially named Lockhart the "Barbecue Capital of Texas." The title was again reaffirmed by the Senate in the Fall of 2003. Hearing that, we expected to find endless options in Lockhart, but amazingly there are only four barbecue restaurants in the entire town.