Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tastes Newsletter August 2011: Best Ice Cream Near You, Top 10 Casino Hotels, Top 10 Rose Wines and More!

AUGUST 2011 Vol. XXII, No. 8

In the mood for melon sorbetto? The best ice cream around the country


Get the scoop on where to go for the Best Ice Cream from coast to coast, as well as the Top 10 Frozen Yogurt in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York

Have some frozen fun at home! Check out our review of Scoop: 125 Specialty Ice Creams from the Nation's Best Creameries.
Here's a sample recipe: Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

For adventurous palates, we have also handpicked the Top 10 Molecular Gastronomy Restaurants in the U.S. Learn more about this avant-garde cooking technique with our handy guide

Got work? Enjoy high-tech amenities in fab locales on our list of the Top 10 Conference Hotels Worldwide


To compile our list of the Top 10 Conference Hotels Worldwide, we scoured the globe to bring you sophisticated resorts that feature the latest in high-tech conference amenities.

But we're not all about work and no play; our collection of Top 10 Casino Hotels in the World boasts the crème de la crème for hooking up with Lady Luck in some of the most interesting destinations on the planet.

Sexy is back! Take a perfect summertime ride with the Aston Martin Virage Volante


The Aston Martin Virage Volante convertible makes for the perfect summertime ride — that is, if you can afford the $200,000+ point of entry. If not, check out:

Top 10 Family Sedans
Top 10 Electric Cars
Top 10 Hatchbacks

We say acai. You say tomato! Find out why superfoods such as these are super good for you


You've heard of superfoods such as açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-EE). But why should you bother eating them? Find out more with our Top 10 Superfoods

Go nuts! Almonds may reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol, and can even reduce weight.

Soup in summer? Yes. Especially if it packs veggies and vitamins like this month's healthy recipe, Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Tomato and Basil Salad

We have a passion for the pink! Check out our ten favorite rose wines


No reason to blush. Rosé pleases both white and red drinkers seeking something cool and refreshing to help beat the heat. Check out our fave Top 10 Rosé Wines

Raise a glass to rising temps with a vino from our list of Top 10 Summer Wines

Or try a lighter beer with plenty of flavor from our selection of Top 10 Summer Beers

Coming in September 2011: Best Steakhouses Near You, Best Wine Lists, Top 10 Ranches and More!

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Culinate Newsletter: Homemade cheese, Apricot Vanilla Jam, shopping for fish in Sicily

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Dear readers,

I hope you’ll make time to read Cassandra Funsten’s account of shopping for fish in Sicily. A former Los Angelean, Funsten now lives on that Italian island in the Mediterranean, where shopping for a meal means visits to the green grocer, butcher, baker, and fishmonger. This is a big change from her shopping habits in Southern California, where “buying fish for dinner meant picking up neat little shrink-wrapped blocks of protein stacked in a supermarket cold case.”

Funsten’s delight in the practice of shopping is contagious; I want to visit Tonino the fishmonger for tastes of jewel-colored fish. There’s something restorative in that personal exchange, and if you shop regularly at the farmers’ market, you know the feeling; it’s the same pleasure many of us Portlanders take in buying hazelnuts from Barb, or a bit of pork from Chris.

Here’s another quote of note, this one from the New York Times website, in a story about Barbara Kingsolver's husband's business, a local-foods restaurant in a small town in Virginia: “My motive is not that I love the restaurant business or that I want to create a fine-dining restaurant with local ingredients,” he said. “We want to design a business that maximizes the benefit to the most local people that it possibly can.”

There’s nothing wrong with giving business to people far away, whom you’ll never meet; they have to make a living too. We do it all the time when we buy clothing or cars or kitchen equipment. But if we can buy food that’s close to the source, or that is sold to us by a person who knows just where it came from, there’s added satisfaction, on lots of levels.

Kim Carlson
Editorial Director

Featured Stories

Burgers and wine

Kerry Newberry talks to five chefs about their signature burgers and the wines to drink with them.

Homemade Cheese

A new book offers plenty of advice for home-based cheese makers. The first tip? Start with good milk.

Featured Recipes

apricot vanilla jam

Apricot Vanilla Jam

Fresh vanilla beans and apricot pits are the secret ingredients in these preserves.

Potato Salad with Lemon, Dill, and Smoked Salmon

Based on a Scandinavian classic, this salad can be the centerpiece of a meal.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Essential Skills for the Home Chef

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