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Beach Report | Food with a kick

What do you get by combining wine and jelly? Food with a kick

Kara-Anne Serradimigni likes wine in her jelly.

The Myrtle Beach resident, who grew up in a loving and large Italian family, said good food was always in the picture while growing up. Her grandmother preserved everything, and Serradimigni learned that wine had almost limitless food possibilities.

“You can smell it (in the jelly) and you can taste a hint of the wine,” she said. “The jelly is so versatile. You can take any type of soft cheese and put some wine jelly on it.”

She said her wine jelly also gives barbecue sauce an extra kick and is as a marinade for meat and on toast or bagels.

The jellies are sold at some Grand Strand area Piggly Wiggly stores (including ones in Surfside Beach and Murrells Inlet, S.C.), $4.99 to $5.50 for the 4-ounce jars and $7.25 and up for the 6-ounce jars.

The jellies are also available at some Whole Foods Market locations in the Myrtle Beach area and will be sold at The Market Common.

Jelly flavors include merlot, white zinfandel and chardonnay. Details: www.karamiafinefoods.com. Johanna Wilson, The Sun-News

DINING – NORTH MYRTLE BEACH

SideStreet Café

The place: 1000 Second Ave., Suite 140, North Myrtle Beach. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Details: 843-280-3799.

The taste: SideStreet Café's motto is “The best places to eat are off the beaten path.” I wouldn't say this quaint eatery is off the beaten path, because it's in the North Myrtle Beach Corporate Center. However, it is certainly one of my new favorite places to eat.

What won me over: the service and taste.

Charley Epling, a cashier and hostess, was pleasant and brought my food out only minutes after I ordered. I was thrilled to see the blackened chicken sandwich was hearty, topped with thick slices of old-country-style bacon and blue cheese crumbles. I topped the sandwich with deli mustard, but it was flavorful enough without it.

I enjoyed the Almost Famous Pasta Salad, a tasty yet light accompaniment. I sampled the homemade cheeseburger soup, too, and it was delicious. It was slightly zesty, but not overwhelmingly spicy.

Other menu items include salads, homemade chicken salad, an avocado burger, hamburger steak and pepperoni French-bread pizza.

Jordan Hanks, the owner and cook, prepares homemade soups daily that are inspired by popular foods. His soup offerings have included pizza soup.

Potato salad, a cup of soup and broccoli are among the sides. Breakfast sides include biscuits and breakfast potatoes.

The dessert menu is a choice of a brownie sundae or a scoop of ice cream.

To drink: Drinks include iced tea and Coca-Cola products for $1.59.

The price: Prices range from $2 for a scoop of ice cream to $7.70 for a Cuban-style burger. Johanna Wilson, The Sun-News

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