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  • America's Best Steakhouses for 2013

    Four Seasons HotelsFour Seasons HotelsFrom a Minneapolis institution whose claim to fame is called the "Silver Butter Knife Steak," to a 64 year-old San Francisco landmark that serves nothing but prime rib, America has no shortage of legendary steakhouses. Chef Mario Batali has a steakhouse in Vegas where he's aging steaks for over a year; a New Orleans power broker hangout tops their filet with fried oysters and béarnaise sauce; one Tampa legend offers seven different cuts in a total of 51 sizes, not to mention a 7,000-bottle wine list. We've searched far and wide for the finest steakhouses the country has to offer, and have found some that are must-visits for even the most casual carnivore.

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    Think of the word "steakhouse" and you're likely to immediately conjure one of a few mental images: red leather banquettes, gin martinis, and dark wood, possibly; or a sprawling room filled with folks in cowboy hats downing gargantuan rib-eyes and baked potatoes. No matter the environment, though,

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  • Perfect Picnic Recipes

    Yasmin FahrYasmin FahrWe all watch with baited breath as the temperatures start to rise come March. When Al Roker gets on TV to tell us about "above average temperatures," our hopes for a day when eating outside is not just a staunch rebellion of the cold are renewed. There are few better ways to celebrate the mercury rising than with a well-prepared meal eaten outside. But waking up early on a Wednesday morning just to make the perfect picnic recipe seems a little overboard. So instead, we've rounded up six recipes that are easily made the night before (keyword being easily) and would quickly brighten up any picnic lunch day, whether it's an hour taken out of the workday or a weekend picnic with friends.

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    Classic picnic dishes, like this egg salad sandwich, are fun to make at home the night before a picnic and something delicious and light to eat under the midday sun. And feel free to ramp up the classics - instead of just making roast chicken

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  • The 5 Tastiest Heirloom Tomato Recipes

    Jennifer DavickFor a cook, one of the most exciting things about summer is the arrival of heirloom tomatoes. They come in a dazzling array of shapes, colors, sizes, and of course, flavors. If you haven't tasted heirloom tomatoes before, they may come as a surprise. Some taste particularly meaty, with a smoky, almost savory flavor, while others are sweet like tropical fruit. And while many varieties are beautiful to look at, some, like the Cherokee Purple, might give buyers pause, with their irregularly shaped and sized specimens that are, well, to put it bluntly, a bit ugly. But there's an unofficial saying among heirloom tomato fanatics: The uglier the tomato, the better.

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    But after you've tasted a few different varieties and admired each of their distinct flavors, the question inevitably arises: What else can I do with them?

    That's why we've rounded up some of our best heirloom tomato recipes for the summer.

    Heirloom Tomato Bread Salad Recipe
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  • Iconic Fast-Food Items Worth Eating

    Flickr/number657Flickr/number657Sure, fast food has a bad reputation, what with all those health studies going around the media circuit, so perhaps a backlash to the backlash is in the works. And it seems the upcoming TV series Fast Food Mania is just that.

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    As we've mentioned before, this Discovery series will be touring historic fast-food destinations with host Jon Hein, a self-proclaimed fast-food aficionado.

    "So many of these people associate these places with warm childhood memories when they pull up to a Dairy Queen or a KFC," Hein told us over the phone. "In this show we sort of illustrate what provokes that emotion, and how the fast-food restaurants have become part of the American landscape."

    Related: America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2013

    Hein's show will delve into the Taco Bell headquarters, the Five Guys kitchen, and go behind the scenes at a Sonic, where Hein himself straps on some roller skates.

    "One of the places I loved going to

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  • The Best Kale Recipes You've Ever Tried

    Maryse ChevriereWhether the idea of kale turns you off or on, there's no denying that it's a powerhouse when it comes to packing in the nutrients and vitamins. We could go on and on about its nearly unparalled level of vitamin K as well as vitamins A and C, but we've already done that.

    Instead, we are going to tell you all the different and deliciousways you can enjoy kale. We promise even those who think of it as a bitter, boring, and lame health food will be convinced otherwise. Try baking kale with olive oil and chile flakes to have a crispy, crunchy snack in just 20 minutes. Play around with the seasonings as one of our editors did by topping it with a little truffle oil.

    Still not convinced? Then check out the other recipes we have below and let us know whether we made a believer out of you or not.

    Crispy Truffled Kale Chips Recipe
    Kale is one of my all-time favorite greens (although, honestly, how many people really keep a list of their favorite greens in mind?) This robust, leafy vegetable

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Pie

    Greg VoreGreg Vore"People love pie. Even if it is not as perfect as you want it to be, people will eat it," says Millicent Souris, author of the cookbook How to Build a Better Pie. "Pie is not cute or darling or maternal. It's a flaky crust filled with something sweet or savory then baked. It's as old as the hills - simple and classic." And it's definitely not something to be afraid of. After all, pie is what America had for dessert each night before dessert became the subject of fetishized fads, be it cupcakes, cake pops, or macarons. And that's because it was something that almost anyone could make.

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    Roll out, don't freak out. "Rolling out pie crust is the real deal-breaker for people. It's what keeps the frozen crust people in business - the severed horse-head in the sheets, the last nail in the coffin. It makes people want to run away from pie-making," says Souris in the introduction to her section on rolling out dough. But it doesn't need to be that way.

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  • Bars with Jaw-Dropping Views

    Ayana Resort and SpaAyana Resort and SpaWith bars around the world stepping up their cocktail game, one characteristic that can surly set them apart from the competition is location. Throughout the world, many bars have sought out spots with breathtaking views that can take a very basic food and drink experience and bring it to soaring heights. These bars, bar/restaurants, and rooftop bars know that the taste and view combo makes for the best lasting impressions.

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    For those who want to push the envelope by venturing as high as one can go for a cocktail, the Ozone Bar in Hong Kong is the highest bar in the world, clocking in on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton and offering guests cutting-edge cocktails paired with an Asian tapas menu. A little closer to Earth, the 360 Degrees bar in Istanbul serves traditional Turkish delicacies and wine with incredible views of the steeple of St. Antoine's Church, the Bosporus Strait, the Hagia Sophia, and the Sea of

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  • 4 Outrageous Wedding Reception Rentals

    Steve Steinhardt Photography/Style Me PrettyCongratulations, you're getting married! Now it's time to plan the wedding, but to many, the thought of having a traditional-style reception is far from thrilling. But good news, engaged couples: there are a million ways to punch up your big day. Rental products are options that are both easy and, in many cases, reasonably priced; even one small rental can have a big impact on the mood and theme of your reception.

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    You can get creative with table settings, too. Nearly all couples rent plates, flatware, and glasses for the meal, but stand out from the rest by choosing unique patterns and styles that contribute to the theme of your wedding. If your wedding will have lots of rustic details, continue the theme with rented mismatched floral-patterned china - it will give them impression that you've been collecting for years, and will be much more unique than eating off white plates.

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  • Make the Perfect Frozen Cocktails

    Angostura Aromatic BittersAngostura Aromatic BittersTime to make an embarrassing admission: I am terrible at making frozen cocktails. Just plain awful.

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    My frozen margaritas come out watery, my piña coladas are shamed with unwanted chunks of ice. As you might imagine, it makes this time of year particularly painful. The long, lazy sun-drenched days of summer are the reason why these tasty blended refreshers were invented in the first place (right?). And yet, time and again, my earnest attempts are relegated to the would-be, could-be great category.

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    Of course, it's a handicap I haven't minded living with because, well, there's still plenty of fun to be had toasting the failures. But enough is enough. This summer I want to make perfect frozen drinks - you know, those ones that pour out of the blender with the greatest of ease, smooth and icy, all of the ingredients in balance.

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    To that end, we've compiled some

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  • Cool and Spicy Salsa Recipes for Summer

    Twinkle VanWinkleTwinkle VanWinkleWe're thinking of a dish, and it's one that is great all on its own, spooned over grilled chicken, tossed in a salad, or scooped up in a tortilla chip. Can you guess what it is?

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    That's right: salsa. Served cold and made with fresh ingredients, salsa is one of our favorite summertime dishes. Served alongside tortilla chips and requiring practically no cooking, it's the perfect appetizer to throw together, and in the heat of the summer, when a stifling sauce seems unappealing, it makes an appropriate "jus" for main dishes like grilled shrimp, fish, or steak. Toss it with rice or pasta, or into a salad, and you've instantly added a mouthful of flavor to a dish.

    We also love the versatility that salsa provides. Salsas are always served cold and most of them always have a little spice, but beyond that, a recipe for salsa is your oyster, and you can chop, mince, and purée anything fresh you've got on hand to make it your own.

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