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June 2003

June 21 is the first day of Summer, so it's time to start taking advantage of the season's weather by dining outdoors. This month, we've put together our picks of restaurants with the best gardens, terraces or sidewalk seating.

Discover France by adding a long weekend out-of-town to your next visit to Paris. Whether you're interested in a taste of Lyon, a sip of Champagne, sunbathing on the Côte d'Azur, or a serene escape in the Southwest, we have a detailed 72-hour itinerary for you:
Get on the Fast Track to Lyon
Reims: A Taste of Champagne
Nice is Nice
Dordogne: Serenity is the Order of the Day

Anyone that knows Jacques Pépin understands his passion for food. This passion has carried the little wartime French boy into an icon of cooking in America. Our The Food Paper's Louis Charles caught up with Jacques at a book signing held during a dinner at the J. Paul Getty Museum's Bon Appétit restaurant.

Surf & Sand Resort gives you instant St. Tropez midway between L.A. and San Diego. In addition to seagulls peering in your windows demanding croissant crumbs, guests are enveloped by sounds of surf, magnificent sunsets, and pastel colored rooms. What you don't get are billionaire yachts chock-full of bikinis quaffing Dom and making everybody jealous. Read more...

The barometers are rising and what better way to stay cool than with our favorite crisp Summer pinks. We also like a rare and special Fumé Blanc from Robert Mondavi Winery that lingers with a creamy and progressive finish. And finally, our calendar is brimming with winemaker dinners and other vino delights around the country.

Grilled cheese never had it so good. Or Monte Cristos. Or BLTs. Or tuna melts. Or lemon cake club sandwiches in a glass! To say Nancy Silverton has a way with sandwiches is like saying Michelangelo had a way with painting.

Visit our Cookbook Corner for additional reviews.

This month's events are highlighted by the annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen, CO (June 13-15). Join celebrity gastronomic and wine authorities such as Todd English, Randy Lewis, members of the Kendall-Jackson family, James Beard Award-winning chef Alessandro Stratta and numerous other master chefs and rising culinary stars as they share their passion and expertise in demonstrations and seminars at this renowned event, now in its 21st year. Check out all June Events...

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