June 30, 2010

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IT'S THE PITS

Summer is all about barbecue. From the backyards to the beaches, this nationally beloved pastime has everyone firing up the grill as soon as the weather gets warm. To finesse this culinary art form this season, we have collected all of the essentials:

On our barbecue page you will find the best grilling tools, sauces and rubs, and cookbooks, such as Steven Raichlen's Chipotle Molasses Barbecue Sauce and the Big Book of Barbecue, America's Best Barbecue and Burger Parties.

From all three books we've selected recipes; and for good measure we've thrown a fourth one into the mix: Grass Fed Asian Flank Steak with Sweet Slaw, from the California Health & Longevity Institute.

SAVE A TREE


At your next outdoor get-together, impress guests by going ultra green. Save the paper and plastic plates and reach instead for biodegradable dinnerware from Verterra, which is made from fallen palm leaves.

Verterra green dinnerware is made from fallen palm leaves

QUENCH THAT THIRST

To wash down all that good eatin', check out the Top 10 Barbecue Wines, Top 10 Summer Wines and Top 10 Summer Beers, and be sure to look at our Summer Wine Newsletter to get more great ideas for imbibing, from a perfect Margarita Recipe to a whisky that wowed us.

LEAVE IT TO THE PROS


There are still some days when it's just too hot to tend to the grill. Thankfully, there are multitudes of restaurants ready to serve up a platter of ribs or put together a pulled pork sandwich to satisfy your cravings.

For the best of the best, try one of the smokin' spots we consider to be the top 10 barbecue restaurants in America. And, be sure to consult our list of great barbecue spots near you as well as food critic John Mariani's favorites.

If you're ready for a break from the 'cue, master foodie Mariani also reviews a new top spot: Kenmare, in New York City's NoLita neighborhood. So, the next time you find yourself in that neck of the hipster woods, dig into rave-worthy cuisine at this casual yet knockout restaurant.

ITSY BITSY BIKINI SEASON


Summer is also when we want to look our best and fit into those swim trunks. Juice like a "rawkstar" with Red Carpet Cleanses, a three-day juice-and-smoothie program that will have you looking and feeling skinnier, sexier and more energized, all while being full on delicious ingredients such as vanilla, kale, almond milk and cashews.

Red Carpet Cleanses, a great way to detox and look and feel better


TEA, TOTALLY!

After all of this excitement, we recommend a sophisticated cup of tea from China Mist, a soothing Organic Sweet Chamomile Citrus blend that's perfect before bedtime or on a stressful day at the office, when coffee would just make things worse. If you prefer tea chilled, check out our feature on making perfect iced tea.

We have more for you on our site, such as the latest restaurant news, culinary events, food ratings, and food & wine pairings.

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Here's to a sunny summer!

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