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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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5 Must-Have Mezcals


Written off as tequila’s smoky brother, mezcal is a lot more than just something for Scotch drinkers to enjoy when in a Mexican restaurant. “Every mezcal will influence your mood in a different way. They have these different energies,” says Lucas Ranzuglia, the bar manager at San Francisco’s forthcoming La Urbana. “It sounds like B.S., but it’s true.”

When the restaurant and mezcaleria opens August 28, it will feature 46 mezcals—Ranzuglia hopes to eventually carry 80 different bottles—and a tasting room for mezcal classes. “When it comes to mezcal, you have huge differences because it is being produced all over Mexico,” Ranzuglia says. “The character of the mezcal comes from three factors: terroir (the soil and weather conditions of the land where the agave is grown), the type of agave plant, and the local knowledge and traditions that were passed from generation to generation.”

Here, Ranzuglia’s top five mezcals to try >

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Style Find

Corn Holders for Elegant Ears

In 1910, the Austrian architect and design genius Josef Hoffman created the most gorgeous corn holders ever. Now exclusively sold by the Neue Galerie, the elegant, minimalist sterling silver holders can be purchased by the corn-eater who will only accept the best for $350 for two pairs. Amazon is currently offering some more traditional corn holders (corn-shaped, in plastic and stainless steel) at a more accessible price point ($3.77 for a set of six).

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Kitchen Trash

Over-the-Top State Fair Food

The Florida State Fair's Famous Cheeseburger with Fried Ice Cream.

Krispy Kremes are the iconic, yeasty, sweet doughnuts beloved around the country. Sloppy Joes are the retro, no-frills ketchupy ground beef sandwiches that are invariably served on hamburger buns.

It was only a matter of time before someone decided to combine the two. Sadly, you’ve missed your chance to sample the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe Sandwich, at least in the way that its creator—Chicken Charlie’s concession stand at the San Diego County Fair—intended it. The fair concluded on July 4. But you can dig into any number of other inspired dishes at other great state fairs around the country. MORE >

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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Red Snapper-Citrus Escabèche with Olives

Red Snapper-Citrus Escabèche with Olives

I love pickled fried fish and so does the rest of the world. But Americans don't adore it the same way. It's like our relationship with soccer: We get it, and when we try it we love it, but it's a new passion. The sticking point for full-on love and acceptance has always been the fish used in the recipe. Around the world, the oilier and fishier, the better. Think kingfish, mackerel and several species of bluefish. This recipe uses a mild white fish, snapper, and as long as you don't overcook it or let it pickle for longer than indicated, you will be delighted. Some recipes ask you to dredge the fish pieces in flour before frying. I like that method as well, but it soaks up more sauce when pickling, so be aware if you go that route. SEE RECIPE »

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Supermarket Sleuth

Luscious Lemon Yoghurt

F&W food editors apply their incredible cooking knowledge to explaining what to do with a variety of interesting ingredients.

Just in time for berries, cherries and all the beautiful stone fruits, Noosa has come out with a new lemon yogurt that does double time—it’s perfect for breakfast, of course, but it can also turn seasonal fruit into a dessert parfait in seconds. The yogurt is super-luscious and satiny-smooth, yet light on the tongue, and the lemony flavor is pucker-perfect. All it needs is a good stir once you lift the lid and it’s ready to go. The company, founded in Australia (hence the “h” in the spelling) but now Boulder, Colorado-based, makes all of its yogurt from milk from local, pasture-raised cows.

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