Whet your appetite with the best beach treatsOn the beach this summer you can count on plenty of sun and sand, but how about food?
With all the fun to be had this season, you'll be sure to work up an appetite. Whether they're prepared in a roadside food truck or a restaurant kitchen, the best beach eats from around the world are heavenly enough to compete with the ocean view.
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The Daily Meal's list of the world's best beach eats includes classic seafood dishes, and also less-familiar beachside specialties, like crab bee hoon, frankies, and cod loin al pil pil. Eat barbecued jerk chicken with your fingers from a beach vendor in Boston Bay, Jamaica, cool down with a refreshing cup of Italian granita off the coast of Sicily, or scoop authentic, freshly made guacamole with crispy, fried plantain chips from the beaches of Costa Rica. No matter what you crave, you can taste the local fare without ever leaving the beach.
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Whet your appetite with the best beach treatsOn the beach this summer you can count on plenty of sun and sand, but how about food?Read More »from Best Beach Eats from Around the World
- Babble.com | Summertime Fun – Thu, Jul 12, 2012 12:29 PM EDT
Mike AdamickThis is the summer of trees.Read More »from Impossible Heights: What Climbing Trees Can Teach You About Life
Any tree. Every tree.
My daughter and I were at the park the other day, and suddenly she freezes. Her eyes go big. She whispers, "Oh, I can climb that one."
Her voice is misty and dreamlike, and her face is turned upward, sort of the way I act when I see a cupcake stand.
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I follow her gaze. It's an oak tree. It must have been planted during the Jackson Administration. It towers over us, its boughs rough and gnarled and calling to her in a way only kids can hear.
Climb! Climb me!
If I'm kicking around the house, maybe making dinner or tidying up, and I realize I haven't heard the kid in a couple minutes and can't find her anywhere, I know just where to look.
We have a fig tree in our back yard. It is only about 15 or so feet high, and its limbs are too saggy and fragile to climb very high. The fruit it produces each year is somehow rotten with sweetness and yet never ripe.
One year, I think,
A delicious activity for the whole familyWant to live out your Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory fantasies? Turns out you can! Inspired by the 1971 musical, The Daily Meal checked out all of the delicious ways to learn about food production. From jelly beans to potato chips, there are food factory tours and tastings to satisfy any craving-so beat the heat indoors at one of these fun food factory tours or events.Read More »from Top Food Factory Tours in America
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Factory tours offer a fresh, creative way to keep the family busy, especially on a tight budget, as several of the tours are completely free. No, you won't be able to run around and gnaw on two-foot gummy bears, sip from a chocolate river, or score an Everlasting Gobstopper. That said, many of the tours include munchies like chocolate, cheese, and potato chips. It may not be the healthiest activity, but it will certainly be a memorable one.
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Aside from the tasty bites, the food factory tours and tastings share
A look at the most innovative food trucks out thereWith food truck fever continuing to sweep the nation there are now trendy mobile eateries that serve everything from cupcakes to sushi to on-the-go consumers. Yet for every run-of-the-mill Korean taco truck and sandwich stand there are a handful of mobile food ventures that are pushing the envelope with new and innovative dining concepts.Read More »from The Coolest Food Trucks Ever
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Throngs of restaurants do their best to serve locally sourced ingredients and support local food artisans, but Lulu's Local Eatery takes the concept a step further by using herbs and fruits harvested on the roof of their food truck. And the Roving Mammoth in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. is constructed on top of a Snowcat so that it can offer slope-side burritos to skiers even under the harshest conditions.
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Photos: Selma Dakota, Extreme Images; Jonathan Chester, Extreme Images; Ardie A. DavisRead More »from Expert Tips for Perfect BBQ Ribs
by Ardie A. Davis and Paul Kirk, Epicurious.com
The humble rib, a delicacy since man discovered fire, is one of America's favorite things to eat. But the vast majority of the time we feast on ribs at roadside rib shacks and barbecue joints rather than make them at home. If you've never grilled or smoked ribs on your own and don't know where to start, or even if you know a lot, listen up. We've run and competed in hundreds of rib contests, and there's always more to learn. In this basic primer we'll share our secrets to shopping for, prepping, and grilling or smoking ribs, plus provide recipes from our new book, America's Best Ribs. But, before we jump into the details, here are 10 dos and don'ts for mastering ribs.
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Ardie A. Davis and Paul Kirk's Rib Commandments
1. Fresh First, Frozen Second: There is no doubt that fresh meat is best, but frozen ribs can be delicious, too; if using frozen meat, always thaw before cooking.
Summer is a time for fun outdoors. Unfortunately a day at the beach or pool is also full of potential safety hazards. Bright suits, whistles, and SPF are just a few of the essentials for keeping your kids safe this summer. Safety can be a notsofun word for kids, so we're keeping things fun around here. Check out these must-haves for a safe and happy summer.
- By Rachel Faucett
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By Woman's Day StaffSummer Love
family walking outdoors
Hello, summer! To make the most of it, read our best advice from over the years for every sunshiny-day activity, from backyard cookouts to fun getaways. Photo credit: Thinkstock
For the King of Cookouts
1 | Simplify the menu. Try to make everything ahead so you have only one last-minute food to prepare, in addition to grilling. July 1991 Photo credit: iStock
2 | Charcoal is ready for cooking when it's covered with white ash. September 1979
3 | Space food evenly on the grill and two to three fingers' width apart. About a quarter of the grill should be left empty, so you have room to move food away from any flare-ups. June 2011
4 | Find and remove all standing water. A few flowerpot saucers can produce enough mosquitoes for the whole neighborhood. July 2010
5 | Barbecued foods are messy; balancing plates and glasses is hard. Make sure every guest has a seat at a table. July 1991
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Read More »from Summer's Refreshing Frozen Smoothie
Summer is upon us and it brings a bounty of wonderful delicious fruit and berries. They are full of flavor, juice, and vitamins. This smoothie will refresh you.
What you will need:
2 cups of freshly frozen berries (use strawberries, sliced peaches or nectarines, blueberries, bananas, rasberries, pitted cherries in any flavor combination that you want). If you usually don't freeze your own fruit/berries, buy a bag what you like or freeze a batch a night before. One regular sized store bought bag is usually 2 cups of fruit.
1 cup of Vanilla Soy Milk (you can use Very Vanilla Soy Milk or any other milk that you prefer, like Almond, Hemp, Oat, or use a regular milk)
If using regular milk, add a quarter to a half of teaspoon of vanilla extract for a warm welcoming flavor
Blend to perfection and sip or spoon away!
If you prefer exotic, I suggest that you add a teaspoon of finely chopped fresh basil and a teaspoon of finely chopped fresh mint when you blend. It will add a depth of
Turn an ordinary tomato into a garden!
By Jordan Laio, Networx
If you've ever kept a compost pile, then most likely you've seen some volunteer squash or tomatoes growing out of it at some point and thought to yourself, "How did that grow there? I didn't plant it." Well, the nature of seeds is to grow, and of course many of the fruits and vegetables we buy from the store have viable seeds which are waiting to grow. The compost pile usually presents ideal conditions. As does your garden (hint hint).
So why not plant your favorite veggies from the grocery store? After all, there's no magical distinction between, for instance, the beans in the bulk bins at your local natural foods store and the beans sold in seed packs.
However, not all grocery store food is created equal and there are some seeds which will not bear fruit, but many that will. Like with all seed-saving, it's important to use non-hybridized varieties. Hybridized means the seeds were produced in such a way that their first generation will bear fruit, butRead More »from Growing a Garden from the Grocery Store
7 Summertime Party EssentialsNow that the holiday weekend has come and gone, marking the unofficial start to summer, I'm all about summer parties! Entertaining a crowd with a grill full of yummy food, crisp cocktails, and s'mores roasted over a campfire is basically my favorite thing to do. Whether you take your party to the beach, meet up at the park, or invite everyone over to hang around the backyard, summer parties are all about sun and fun. To get you started, here are my picks for 7 summertime party essentials!
Bucket Grill1. Bucket Grill
Grilling is an all-American summer tradition. The bright blue color of this little bucket grill is really fun, and the petite size makes it perfect for parties on the go.
Get this grill
Related: 17 tips for hosting a summer picnic
Campfire Set2. Campfire Set
Every host or hostess needs the ultimate campfire set for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows at a moment's notice. It's perfect for the campground, too!
Get this campfire set
Drink Dispenser 3. Drink Dispenser
A drink dispenser is perfect for Read More »from 7 Summertime Party Essentials
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