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Editor Picks: What to Drink on Memorial Day

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Mojito

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Chilled rosés, crisp pilsners and refreshing cocktails are among F&W editors' top picks for outdoor parties over the long weekend >

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Chicken Dance

Chicken Souvlaki Rules

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Chicken Souvlaki

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There's a reason F&W created this daily recipe series dedicated to chicken: it's one of the world's favorite meals. In a wonderfully titled article called "How the Chicken Conquered the World," the June issue of The Smithsonian delves into the history of how this popular bird moved to the center of the global dinner plate. According to the piece, chickens may even take credit for the rise of the Western civilization. The legend states that en route to battle encroaching Persian forces in the fifth century B.C., Athenian general Themistocles gave his men a pep talk inspired by two roosters fighting by the side of the road; the birds' aggressive display motivated the Greeks to fight to win. Tonight's suggestion of easy Chicken Souvlaki honors those ancient Greek chickens.

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Restaurants

Andrew Zimmern's Grilling Favorite

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Bizarre Foods host and F&W contributing editor Andrew Zimmern discovered mind-blowing Filipino chicken near San Diego.

Andrew Zimmern

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National City, CA: Tita’s Kitchenette

“Food from the Philippines has not caught on in the US with the same fervor as other South Asian cuisines. But it’s starting to, thanks to large expat communities in towns like National City, just outside San Diego. It’s home to Tita’s Kitchenette, a point-and-order cafeteria owned by the same family for 20-plus years. At any one time there are two dozen dishes available. You meander down the line, tray in hand. Remember back in grade school? Here, the lunch ladies are Filipino grandmas, and everything they cook is exquisite—the sweet potato-shrimp fritters are as good as any I have ever tasted outside of the Philippines. But the grilled meats are the best. Golf ball-size nubbins of chicken and pork are marinated in a soy-lemon-pineapple bath, then grilled in small batches so that nothing sits for longer than a few minutes. They’re ethereal: treacly and tart, tangy and smoky. Tita’s opens at 6 a.m., and lunch is available early for people who need to grab something on their way to work.” 2720 E. Plaza Blvd. Ste. E; 619-472-5801.

Check Out F&W's Exlusive Series: Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Restaurants

Chef Picks: Favorite Asian Restaurants

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The annual LUCKYRICE festival held at the beginning of May in New York City showcases Asian food created by local chefs who cook or simply love the cuisine. Here, Food & Wine reveals where these chefs satisfy their Asian food cravings. "We go there every Sunday before staff meal to eat before Sunday service. We're there a lot." >>>

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Summer

Restaurant Trends: Custom Grills

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F&W showcases tricked-out custom grills at restaurants across the country.

Tertulia chef Seamus Mullen

Courtesy of Seamus Mullen

Grillworks
At New York City’s Tertulia, Seamus Mullen (photo) uses Grillworks’ Argentinean-inspired setup. The angled surface funnels juices and fat into a basting pan, preventing flare-ups.

Norcal Ovenworks
NorCal’s adjustable grills come in extra- large sizes; Rachel Yang at Seattle’s Revel lowers the grate deep into the firebox to slow-cook whole lambs.

Josper
When Christopher Kostow recently renovated the kitchen at Napa Valley’s Meadowood, he installed this Spanish Josper grill-oven hybrid, which mixes live-fire grilling with superhot roasting.

J&R Manufacturing
Wolfgang Puck installed J&R grills at his four Cut steak houses. The cement-lined firebox prevents the kitchen from overheating.

Related: Ultimate Guide to Summer Grilling

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