more about: summer

Airplane Etiquette: Please Stop Kicking My Seat

With the summer travel season underway, it’s likely you’re going to sit near a passenger who plays music too loudly or kicks your seat or refuses to shift a bag in an overhead bin to make room for yours. How would you respond? Results to a recent Travel Leaders Group survey of 800 people, reported recently in the New York […]

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Suit Up! A Q&A With Calavera Swimwear Designer Anna Jerstrom

Finally! Really warm weather is upon us. Whether your summer plans include shredding serious waves or just kicking back in the sand, Anna Jerstrom’s line of hyper-functional swimwear, Calavera, has got you covered. But not too covered to soak up some sun. Perhaps the unlikeliest candidate ever to become a  swimsuit designer, Anna left a job in finance in rainy London […]

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Party Food With a Pit: Now What?

As we head into the heart of the summer barbecue season, here’s one of those perennially tricky etiquette situations we’re all going to have to confront: “How do you properly eat an olive with a seed in the middle—or a cherry—when you are at a party?” wrote a reader named MJ. That’s actually a great question, MJ. There was a […]

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It’s National Lobster Day!

There’s a holiday for pretty much every food out there—peanut butter cookies, lasagna, zucchini, candy apples…just name a food, and you can find a “holiday” for it. Today, however, I’m particularly excited because June 15 is officially National Lobster Day, and lobster happens to be my favorite food. I recently took a trip to my beloved Maine where I managed […]

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Two Tasty Tomato Recipes

I’m starting to see the first heirloom tomatoes at the farmers’ market, which is always exciting. While my favorite way to eat a perfectly ripe tomato is sliced raw in an open-face sandwich—toasted baguette, a slather of fresh ricotta, a few slices of tomato, then a drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt—I recently judged a […]

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Use 2 Skewers to Make Grilling Easier

Next time you’re grilling small things like shrimp, vegetables, or pieces of fruit, try using two skewers instead of one. Your kebabs will be easier to flip over without having individual pieces spinning. If you’re looking for some kebab inspiration, look no further: Grilled Lemon and Shrimp Kebabs //Spiced Chicken Kebabs // Lamb Kebabs with Lima Bean Salad // Glazed […]

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How to Pick a Sunscreen

Did you come back from the holiday weekend with a pink nose or red shoulders? If so, it’s time to replenish your stash of sunscreen (and remember to use it). Here are the active ingredients to look for as you’re scanning the aisles. 1. Avobenzone: This is the chemical that penetrates your skin and helps absorb harmful UVA rays. You […]

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Make Your Legs Look Longer When Wearing Shorts

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and if the weather cooperates, you’ll likely be putting your shorts into rotation more often. Paring shorts with heels isn’t always a great solution, so how do you make your legs look longer while still staying cool? The solution is to find flat sandals or flip-flops that match your skin tone. Instead […]

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How to Tell if Your Grill is Hot Enough

If your plans this weekend involve grilling out, use this trick to figure out if your grill is hot enough for your recipe. Once you think your coals are ready, hold your hand about 4-inches above the grill grate. You’ll be able to tell the approximate temperature by how long you can keep your hand over the grill. Start counting like […]

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Never Over- or Underwater Your Plants Again

Planning on starting a garden this spring or summer? This trick to tell whether or not your plants are thirsty will come in handy. If you have a tendency to over- or underwater check the soil to see if your garden needs a drink. If the soil is rock hard, then your plants definitely need to be watered, but if […]

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