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This summer America went goofy for piña coladas. The perfect poolside concoction, composed of silver rum, slushy coconut and pineapple, was created in Puerto Rico in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton by barman Ramon Marrero—during the same era that Trader Vic was pumping out his eponymous tiki cocktails and when the margarita first hit Southern California. Puerto Rico is known for its excellent baseball players; in the shaking of the first piña colada, Marrero hit a grand slam.

Fruity cocktails are clearly nothing new, but when the mercury rises, there’s nothing that beats a cold, fresh-tasting cocktail, whether it’s sweet, tangy or cooling. This Labor Day, why not celebrate the final sweet days of the season with a round of the best cocktails for late summer? (more…)

Posted by on September 5th, 2011

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August is always bittersweet: letting go of the lazy days of summer seems hardly something to savor, but looking forward to the cool, crisp season ahead definitely leaves a desirable aftertaste. So while we’re reticent to say sayonara to summer, we can hardly hide our excitement over autumn. Fall is undoubtedly one of the most exciting seasons for eating, wouldn’t you agree?

In the meantime, a quick recap from the past month. Among the highlights: we welcomed our newest expert, John Brady, whose column will address the meaty issues around artisan beef; and Menuism’s new community manager, Marisa Miyasaki. From grown-up s’mores to the best restaurant-rooted movie scenes and coverage of a favorite food fusion mashup (Japanese-Chinese), here’s a look back at the dish we served up in August.  (more…)

Posted by on August 31st, 2011

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Photo by Randy Peterson.

Drinking a glass of red Bordeaux in the thick of the summer may seem a tad bit counterintuitive. After all, a mouthful of brawny tannins and inky, densely concentrated fruit doesn’t exactly spell refreshing. When the weather starts inching towards 100 degrees, what you’re more likely to crave is something brisk and thirst-quenching like a glass of bone-dry Provencal rosé or a crisp Muscadet from the Loire Valley.

What if you’re a die-hard red wine drinker, you ask? Lucky for you, the wine market is teeming with an intriguing subset of red wines that fare wonderfully during the summer months, particularly when served with a slight chill. (more…)

Posted by on August 15th, 2011

Try an unoaked chardonnay this summer. Photo by Robert S. Donovan.

The sweltering summertime heat beckons foods that are cooling, refreshing and uplifting. Think heirloom tomato gazpacho, citrusy ceviche, and cold, crisp watermelon. When it comes to choosing the right wines for summer, follow the same guidelines and reach for wines that are perky, vibrant and invigorating—they’ll raise your spirits and quench your thirst.

Read on to discover three categories of white wine that will keep you cool and happy all summer long. (more…)

Posted by on August 8th, 2011

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July was HOT, HOT, HOT! Seriously, it was enough to make less dedicated eaters beeline straight past the steaming buffet and straight to the iced tea station. But not us! Here at Menuism HQ, conjuring up ways to keep cool in the heat only whets our appetites for real food, delicious food, glorious food. With a full belly, we can we focus on wetting our whistles–that’s where our newest expert, Duggan McDonnell, can help.

Get to know the Cantina owner and Campo de Encanto pisco producer with a little Q&A, and read the inaugural article from his brand-new column all about spirits and cocktail culture. And once you’re done, nibble on these sweet treats from the past month. (more…)

Posted by on August 1st, 2011

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Summer is the season of road trips, and it’s in full swing! Many of us look forward to the opportunity every year—spending time with friends and loved ones in close quarters, driving to exciting destinations around the country, and more often than not, fueling up at fast food joints or greasy diners along the way.

However, all that fast food (and fatty food) can leave you feeling weighed down, especially when you’re sitting in the car for long periods. For a truly successful road trip that leaves you feeling rejuvenated—as any good getaway should—here are some simple healthy eating tips to keep in mind. (more…)

Posted by on July 13th, 2011

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It’s official: summer is here! We’ve been celebrating the season all month long with summer eating and drinking advice from our knowledgable experts. Always wanted to know where all those Southern wedding food customs came from? Looking for recommendations to branch out from your favorite beer or wine this summer? Then look no further!

In case you missed out on any of the fun, we’d like to present all of the mouthwatering morsels from June in one heaping dish. (more…)

Posted by on June 29th, 2011

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Long days, warm nights and the sight of bare toes are all sure signs: summer has finally arrived! No matter how old we get, when the season gets into full swing, that summer-loving kid inside all of us comes out, bringing back memories of running barefoot in the grass, eating cherry tomatoes straight from the garden, drinking lemonade, and soaking up as much sun as possible. What better way to celebrate the season and spread childlike joy than by throwing a fabulous summer party?

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Posted by on June 16th, 2011

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May flowers, chirping birds–no doubt, the sights and sounds of spring are something special to behold. But who are we kidding: we’re all about eating and drinking! To kick off the summer season, this month we were proud to present some extra-tasty treats, including the debut of our latest expert, Prerna Singh, the exceptionally talented blogger and food photographer behind Indian Simmer. Get to know Prerna with this Q&A, and be sure to check out her new column all about Indian cuisine.

Hungry for more delicious dish? Here’s a heaping helping of seconds–bon appetit! (more…)

Posted by on June 2nd, 2011

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