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The Breslin Bar & Dining Room in New York City

Fall is for foodies, as evidenced by the great finds we have rounded up for you this month. We'll have you dining, cooking, sipping, serving — and maybe even kissing this September!

NICE TO MEAT YOU

With cooler weather come heartier appetites, so satisfy your carnivorous cravings at one of the best steakhouses in your area. Do you like to throw a juicy porterhouse on the grill? Then check out our top 5 tips for the perfect steak, bone up on meat labeling, take a lesson in beef cuts 101, find out about the right knives to use, and learn which wines pair best with meaty meals. You can also find more inspiration in our cookbook section, including the brand-new Steak with Friends by Rick Tramonto.

BEAR FARE

Hearty fare can also be enjoyed at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room in New York City, a spot our food critic John Mariani describes as the kind of place where a bear fresh out of hibernation would chow down; that is, if bears enjoyed lamb burgers, chicken liver parfait with Madeira jelly and good seafood sausage — courtesy of chef April Bloomfield and partner Ken Friedman of The Spotted Pig fame.

Sophie Gayot and chef Ludovic Lefebvre Matcha is packed with antioxidants and contains a form of caffeine that boosts your energy without the jittery side effects

LUDO BITES

On the other side of the coast, less voracious appetites are fed by Ludovic Lefebvre. Did you miss the 5.0 version of LudoBites? Get a taste of it, and try to grasp Lefebvre's ingenuity in creating culinary delicacies with our exclusive video interview. By next month, Angelenos should be able to have a taste of his fried chicken from LudoTruck (twitter@ludotruck). If you are lucky, chef Ludo himself will be riding his food truck when you visit. For more exclusive chef video interviews, visit our chef interview page.

COFFEE, MEET YOUR MATCHA

For even lighter fare you can make at home, indulge in our recipe of the month. A light milkshake may sound like an oxymoron, but we've got the skinny on how to create this classic creamy dessert without the extra calories and fat. And while we're on the health kick, we're happy to share with you one of our favorite green foods: matcha. This powdered tea from Japan is packed with antioxidants and contains a form of caffeine that boosts your energy without the jittery side effects.

If you enjoy tea, you'll also love the balmy white tea from Two Leaves and a Bud, featuring the nutritional and trendy powerhouse açaí
. The best thirst quencher of them all? Water. We've compiled a list of our 25 favorites, featuring well-known brands like Vittel and Voss as well as lesser-known bottles such as Mulshi Springs from India, the only water in the world sourced from a biological hotspot and the purest area on Earth.

Nopa in San Francisco, one of the best places in the country for a first date


EAT IT UP, TAKE IT OFF, GET IT ON


If you're still with us, you're probably wondering, "What about the kissing you mentioned?" Just reach for your phone and make reservations at one of the top 10 places in the country for a first date. Whether you're hoping for a sizzling evening with a brand-new honey or are celebrating your silver wedding anniversary, our picks are conducive to seductive endeavors over a shared plate.

If you're looking to kick your love life up a notch, again food comes to the rescue. With The Love Diet, aphrodisiac expert Amy Reiley has created a savory collection of recipes for a healthier, sexier, and happier you — in and outside the bedroom.

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