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Rachel Swaby, Futuristic Foodie

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Tech Writer Rachel Swaby

Courtesy of Rachel Swaby

 

F&W's April issue spotlights tech toys for foodies. Here, writer Rachel Swaby shares her wired culinary wish list from an intelligent fridge to appliances that talk.

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Grilled Chicken Upgrade

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Berber-Spiced Chicken Breasts

© James Baigrie / Grilled Chicken

With cookout season rapidly approaching, how is your grill looking? Cobwebby and uninspiring? To prep for summer, New York Times writer Bob Tedeschi asked grilling gurus how to clean and upgrade his grill. One panelist was Steven Raichlen, author of Planet Barbecue and an F&W contributor. Unlike many barbecue pros, Raichlen embraces chicken breasts. “They're the meat grill masters love to hate because they're so intrinsically bland,” Raichlen told F&W. To change that, he came up with this recipe for Berber-Spiced Chicken Breasts, rubbed with a blend of North African spices that forms a crispy, flavorful crust on the grill—a tasty warm-up for those eager to brush up on grilling skills.

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High-Tech Hotels

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F&W's April issue spotlights tech toys for foodies. Here are a few ways that hotels are getting in on the trend.

Peninsula, Tokyo

Courtesy of Peninsula Tokyo

Citizen M, Amsterdam
Each room at this boutique budget hotel comes equipped with a Moodpad, a tablet that lets guests control music, blinds and even the color of the lights. Doubles from $77; citizenm.com.

Eccleston Square, London
This 39-room hotel has 3-D TVs in every suite, plus iPads that can be used to book spa treatments and order room service. Doubles from $292; ecclestonsquare.com.

Peninsula, Tokyo (photo)
Japanese hotels are famously tech-savvy; rooms in this luxury tower feature Internet radio, digital panels showing the weather forecast and automated espresso machines. Doubles from $784; peninsula.com.

bars

Bitter Sparklers

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Clyde Common

© David Lanthan Reamer / Clyde Common

 

 

Often brushed off as sweet and simple, sparkling cocktails can have great complexity, and many bars are choosing to carbonate their own innovative drinks in-house.

Amor Y Amargo serves their carbonated Americano on tap >

 

 

 

 

 

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Wine Wednesday

California Wines Net $20 Billion

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California wine.

© Kate Mathis

 

 

Americans are drinking more California wine than ever before—nearly 212 million cases in 2011.

Here's how to choose a bottle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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