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Tastes July Newsletter



We crave 'cue all summer long and we're sure so do you. From the best grilling tools, sauces, rubs and cookbooks to tips on grilling steaks, meat terms, beef cuts, wood plank grilling and more, check out our barbecue section to get the most out of cooking outdoors this season.

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Sometimes it's too hot to work the grill. Sate your appetite without breaking a sweat at one of the best barbecue restaurants near you, or chow down at one of our top 10 barbecue restaurants in the U.S. We also have other mouthwatering lists such as best restaurants & bars for happy hour, for there's nothing like an Old-Fashioned after putting in your nine-to-five. And for those with tots in tow, we've compiled the ever-popular kid-friendly restaurants, offering meals and environments that cater to the smallest diners.


Also with the young set in mind, we've crawled the globe to seek out the top 10 family resorts. We've gone out of our way to find properties that are guaranteed to keep the kids happy and still allow Dad to play golf and Mom to visit the spa.

And because green is in, we present two hot environmentally-friendly hotel lists with stunning selections: top 10 eco-resorts worldwide with properties from Indonesia to the Maldives, and top 10 green hotels in the U.S., featuring the much-lauded Bardessono in the California Wine Country among others.

On the left: Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in South Africa; on the right: SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain


We want to share with you some other fine hotels we recently had the pleasure of visiting: the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in South Africa and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. For more fabulous hotel profiles, check out our featured hotel profiles section.

We also stayed at SHA Wellness Resort, a top medical spa on Spain's Costa Brava coast, which enjoys the world's best climate. The white marble, glass-walled modernist building offers a lovely setting and health regimens for the who's who of the international elite.


Travel is definitely one of our favorite pastimes, but sometimes things can go seriously wrong. The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel is a compilation of hilarious and horrific travel stories. But of course, this shouldn't keep you from planning a summer escape. Select brand new luggage before you go, to find the perfect lightweight suitcase or carry-on.

On the left: the Porsche Boxster Spyder; on the right: Titan Lightweight Luggage


If you're in for a staycation, you might want to treat yourself to a playful ride in our car of the month, the Porsche Boxster Spyder, a true modern-day speedster, or one of our top 10 fun-to-drive-cars! Visit our automobile section to find other helpful lists such as the top 10 best new cars.

There's plenty more we have for you online, including our wine section with Top 10 Barbecue Wines and Top 10 Summer Wines, travel specials, our events calendar and vast health section.


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See you next in August with the scoop on ice cream!

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