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Tastes August Newsletter


Dine on Foam

Ever on the epicurean frontier, we examine an avant-garde trend this month: molecular gastronomy. While the cuisine's most famous promoter, Ferran Adria, is closing his exotic El Bulli in Spain, the movement is strengthening around the dining world. Is it culinary cutting edge or gimmickry? You decide by dining at one of the Top 10 Molecular Gastronomy Restaurants in the U.S. and beyond.

Get the Scoop

As the mercury rises, so does our craving for cool summer treats with exotic names like sorbet, granita and fro-yo. We risked big ice cream headaches as we licked our way across the country to bring you the best in ice cream parlors as well as the top 10 spots for frozen yogurt, in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
More Scoops in Restaurant News

Veg-Out Your Highball

Hot and happening on the lounge scene are artisanal cocktails. We recruited mixmasters around the nation to combine creative ingredients like Balsamic vinegar, St. Germain foam, fennel tea, ginger syrup, and cucumbers in fantastic creations like the Claret Swizzle, Lucy Leave and Last Tango in Modena which you can make at home.  In that spirit, we've poured together our list of Top 10 Cocktails in the U.S.
Spirits & Other Recipes

Bread-and-Butter Cars

Boasting cool looks, excellent driving dynamics, and a host of technologically-advanced amenities, the 2011 Kia Sportage EX is our Car of the Month. This compact utility vehicle (CUV) defies the norm of what a budget car is and should be: it's über stylish, sporty, and city-friendly. If you're shopping around with tots or teens in tow, check out our Top 10 Family Sedans.
The Most Important Auto Shows

Casinos & Conferences

In the world of travel, we played with Lady Luck to compile the Top 10 Casino Hotels, then put the chips aside and focused on more serious business with the Top 10 Conference Hotels. We also had time to spend 72 hours in Branson, MO; Cleveland, OH; and Paso Robles, CA. Read our travel reports and find out where to sleep, eat and play in these diverse destinations.
Go on a 72-Hour Vacation

Rain in Montreal

If you're escaping to Europe, check out our collection of travel guides to the Old continent. A New World city with a European feel, Montreal features Rainspa, a 2,000-square-foot spa located on the third floor of one of three historic and renovated buildings that make up the Le Place d'Armes Hôtel & Suites in Vieux Montreal.
Top Spas

Diet, Schmiet!

Although August is the apex of bikini and board short season, it's not too late to lose that swim tire. We don't like to count calories, preferring to take the gourmet approach instead with two new books: Substitute Yourself Skinny by the "Bikini Chef" Susan Irby, and The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano. Read what Sophie Gayot, fellow fabulous French foodie, had to say about sampling recipes with the best-selling author of French Women Don't Get Fat. And learn how eating more bell peppers can improve the way you feel.
Healthy Recipes

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