Our Guide To Not Wasting The Best Time Of The Year

Our Guide To Not Wasting The Best Time Of The Year

There are 50 days left of summer (GAH) — get your kicks in while you can.

August 4, 2017
CF Staff | Illustration by Derek Salvatore

Summer! 


It's the season of sun, of sweat, of tomatoes splitting at their seams. It's cold drinks with slick surfaces and dinners fit for breezy nights, of free form reprieves from the calculated larders of winter. It's the season of standing inches away from the air conditioner (if you're blessed enough to have one), of fanning your sticky face with restaurant menus while you wait for a server to rescue you with icy water. 

In summer, food morphs into something unabashedly erotic. Everything melts and drips and offers up sweet flesh; every bite tastes like the final frame of one of those sped-up nature videos—petals exploding forth in a bang of color and silent noise. We make big plans for our summers, even if our pesky jobs don't come with summer breaks. The things we'll eat! The people we'll eat those things with! The tans we'll get while eating those things with those people! 

For the next 50 days, we'll be publishing a summer-worthy bucket list to help you hit all the best food moments you need before it's too late—plus chef tips for surviving and embracing the heat (or, the cold. Sorry, San Francisco). Make like a kid at camp, except you're a grown-up and can drink fun things! Check in each week for new ideas.


                                                                                                       


SEPT 22, 2017 | GO CAMP ON A FARM IN UPSTATE NY



SEPT 21, 2017 | FORGOT TO HAVE A HOT DOG THIS WHOLE SUMMER? MAKE IT A GOOD ONE.



SEPT 20, 2017 | INSPIRATION FOR THAT LAST BEACH PARTY YOU KEEP MEANING TO HAVE


SEPT 19, 2017 | GO ON, ORDER THAT FLOAT YOU'VE BEEN EYEING



SEPT 18, 2017 | MAKE A SLAPDASH NOODLE SALAD OUT OF THE SEASON'S BEST FLAVORS




SEPT 17, 2017 | IN PDX? KISS SUMMER GOODBYE WITH A VEGAN FEAST 



SEPT 16, 2017 | STAYCATION TIME: SF



SEPT 15, 2017 | TAKE THIS MOMENT TO HAVE ANOTHER SOFT SERVE. WE HEAR IT'S HEALTHIER THAN ICE CREAM OR SOMETHING?



SEPT 14, 2017 | THINGS TO DRINK BEFORE YOU EVEN BLINK IN THE PSL'S DIRECTION




SEPT 13, 2017 | THE SHANDY IS THE CURE FOR YOUR END-OF-SUMMER SADS




SEPT 12, 2017 | RANKING THE TOP TEN POPSICLES OF ALL TIME



SEPT 11, 2017 | WHAT DO CHEFS WANT TO EAT BEFORE THE SEASON'S OVER?



SEPT 10, 2017 | STAYCATION TIME: LOS ANGELES



SEPT 9, 2017 | STAYCATION TIME: NEW YORK CITY





SEPT 8, 2017 | A GUIDED MEDITATION TO FIND YOUR AL FRESCO BLISS




SEPT 7, 2017 | SNACK ON THE SEA [FROM OUR PARTNERS AT EDIBLE MANHATTAN!]




SEPT 6, 2017 | SUMMER RECIPE INSPIRATION WHEN YOU'RE KINDA OVER GAZPACHO




SEPT 5, 2017 | 11 RULES FOR THE SUMMER ROAD WARRIOR



SEPT 4, 2017 | KNOW WHAT'S NICE? ICE.



SEPT 3, 2017 | THE NEW SCHOOL OF BAR SNACKAGE



SEPT 2, 2017 | AN ODE TO THE SALT WATER TAFFY OF YOUR YOUTH



SEPT 1, 2017 | EAT MORE CACTUS, BECAUSE THEY MAKE THE HEAT LOOK EASY



AUGUST 31, 2017 | VISIT A SPICE SHOP, REMEMBER WHAT IT'S LIKE TO NOT SMELL EVERYONE'S B.O.




AUGUST 30, 2017 | REMEMBER THE ICE CREAM TRUCK? TIME FOR A VISIT. 



AUGUST 29, 2017 | FROZEN IS BETTER, MY DOCTOR SAID SO



AUGUST 28, 2017 | 10 SEAFOOD SHACKS TO COMPLETE YOUR BIVALVE BOD



AUGUST 27, 2017 | CRACK A CAN INSTEAD



AUGUST 26, 2017 | BEAT THE HEAT BY EATING IT




AUGUST 25, 2017 | VEGGIE BURGERS DESERVE YOUR LOVE, TOO




AUGUST 24, 2017 | THE BEST ARGUMENT FOR THE BURGER AS A LUXURY OBJECT




AUGUST 23, 2017 | THOUGHTS FROM THE CHEF WHO DROVE BOSTON CRAZY WITH A SECRET BURGER




AUGUST 22, 2017 | #BURGERWEEK: YOUR GUIDE TO THE BURGER SPECIES




AUGUST 21, 2017 | #BURGERWEEK: THE SECRETS TO THE BEST BURGER ON THE BLOCK




AUGUST 20, 2017 | THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF ICED COFFEE




AUGUST 19, 2017 | NO-COOK MEAL IDEAS, BECAUSE HEAT




AUGUST 18, 2017 | DON'T PANIC, IT'S JUST A WATERMELON




AUGUST 17, 2017 | DO MORE THAN GARNISH WITH YOUR HERBS




AUGUST 16. 2017 | GET WILD AND GRILL MORE THAN MEAT




AUGUST 15, 2017 | DARE WE SAY IT, BIERGARTENS ARE BEST WHEN YOU DON'T NEED THE COMPLIMENTARY BLANKET




AUGUST 14, 2017 | 5 RESTAURANTS BRINGING THE CAMPFIRE TABLESIDE 




AUGUST 13, 2017 | WANDERING AIMLESSLY TO FIND YOUR NEW FAVORITE SPOT




AUGUST 12, 2017 | JUST SHOW US TO THE TOMATOES, THANKS




AUGUST 11, 2017 | FOOD-ISH BOOKS THAT AREN'T COOKBOOKS FOR THE BEACH




AUGUST 10, 2017 | THE DO'S AND DONT'S OF FAIR FOOD




AUGUST 9, 2017 | BUST OUT LINE COOK FASHION TO SURVIVE THE HEAT




AUGUST 8, 2017 | SHERBET NEVER STOPPED BEING AWESOME 




AUGUST 7, 2017 | DO "SUMMER" IN SAN FRANCISCO'S FOG LIKE A LOCAL




AUGUST 6, 2017 | FRESHEN UP YOUR PLAYLIST ROTATION




AUGUST 5, 2017 | PICK YOUR OWN




AUGUST 4, 2017 | EMBRACE THE APÉRO


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