S’moregasm: A Dozen S’mores Desserts Inspired by the Campfire Classic

It’s the time of year to gather around fire pits, under heat lamps, and in front of hearths. Whenever we find ourselves warming ourselves by those flickering flames, we inevitably start dreaming about s’mores. There’s just something about that undeniably awesome combination of crunchy graham crackers, gooey marshmallows, and partially melted squares of chocolate. But we’ve come a long way from the traditional triumvirate from Nabisco, Hershey’s, and Kraft. The ingredients have gone gourmet while the presentations are seriously reconsidered. Treat yourself to a dozen s’mores desserts – no fire required.

Havana Beach, Rosemary Beach, Florida
Just looking at this photo makes us salivate. Arriving in a mini swing-top bale jar, the Beachside S’mores feature flame-kissed vanilla marshmallows, spiced chocolate, and fluff. Housemade graham crackers are served on the side, so you can construct your own sweet sandwiches. Make a reservation at Havana Beach.

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Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
You know this s’more is super fancy schmancy because it arrives hidden under a smoke-filled cloche. The server pulls it away to release a hazy cloud, which clears to reveal marshmallow, toasted marshmallow ice cream, hazelnut graham streusel, and caramel and milk chocolate shards from Valrhona. Make sure you take a picture before you take a bite — this dessert is worthy of your Instagram feed. Make a reservation at Bourbon Steak.

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Figs, Jackson, Wyoming
Finally, there’s a s’more in cocktail form. The Wyoming Campfire features a tasty triple threat – Bailey’s Irish Crème, Kahlua, and Wyoming Whiskey – as well as coffee, hot chocolate, and a blazed marshmallow. You can’t warm your hands over it, but it will definitely light a fire in your belly. Make a reservation at Figs.

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MK, Chicago, Illinois
Taking its name from the film Sandlot, the “You’re Killin’ Me S’mores” are an elevated expression of the simplistic sweet. Pastry chef Lisa Bonjour artfully plates cubes and spheres of dark chocolate ganache, a quenelle of graham cracker ice cream, charred bubbly clouds of marshmallow, and a scattering of peanuts. Like they say in the movie, “Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” This s’more is definitely legendary. Make a reservation at MK.

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Graze, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Chef Richard Miller modernizes the long-loved camping trip treat. A crumbly mound of Marcona almond graham cracker streusel is paired with a bar of rich chocolate ganache and plenty of brûléed marshmallow. Worthy of both your inner child and your adult self. Make a reservation at Graze.

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Presidio Social Club, San Francisco
One thinks of s’mores as warm, sticky sweets, but this rendition offers a cooler perspective. Salted caramel ice cream is bookended by chocolate brownie cookies and speckled with singed squares of marshmallow and candied peanuts. Warning: a brain freeze may ensue if you devour it too quickly. Make a reservation at Presidio Social Club.

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Dine Like an #NFL Star: Where the New England Patriots Eat

As they drive toward another Super Bowl championship, it’s clear the New England Patriots football team knows how to score —both touchdowns and a table at their fave restaurants in and around Boston. Here’s the playbook for where the New England Patriots eat (yep, Tom Brady, too!). Tip: Don’t wear your Patriots’ jersey, jacket, shoelaces and face paint when eating at one of these spots — that would just be weird.

Del Frisco’s Grille, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Tom Brady has been known to frequent this suburban Boston restaurant, a lateral move from his home. The playful menu features classic comfort foods like Ahi Tuna Tacos (tuna tartare, avocado and spicy citrus mayo) and Truffle-infused Deviled Eggs. And the signature Cheesesteak Eggrolls, with a kick of sweet and spicy chili sauce or honey mustard, are a top pick among NFL players who dine at Del Frisco’s Grille locations in their hometowns (there are almost two dozen locations around the country). Filet mignon, lobster rolls, roasted chicken, and “two-fisted” sandwiches are also on the lineup. Make a reservation at Del Frisco’s Grille.

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Abe & Louie’s, Boston, Massachusetts
Patriots’ wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola have recently visited this classic American steakhouse, as has former Patriots’ cornerback Ty Law. Fans cheer for the signature corn-fed steaks, such as the aged Prime New York Sirloin, bone-in aged Prime Ribeye, and Prime Porterhouse, as well as for sideline dishes like baked potatoes, creamed corn, creamed spinach, and the traditional wedge salad with bacon lardons, tomatoes, and blue cheese or Thousand Island dressing. The stunning seafood tower, swordfish, lobster, and salmon are also team players as is the New England clam chowder, of course — home field advantage. Make a reservation at Abe & Louie’s.

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La Morra, Brookline Village, Massachusetts
The game plan for Brady when he visits this neighborhood restaurant: order the Bolognese di la Morra, reportedly the quarterback’s favorite. This isn’t necessarily your Nonna in the North End’s Bolognese — the traditional lamb, pork, veal and beef dish gets a conversion from a foie gras butter at La Morra. Go with the Tagliatelle al Ragu — housemade tagliatelle with bolognese. Sometimes Brady calls an audible and reportedly goes with the wood grill chicken under a brick. Make a reservation at La Morra.

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Cheese? Please! 11 Epic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches #ultimatecomfortfood

When temperatures start to dip and the days stay darker longer, there is nothing we crave more than grilled cheese sandwiches. They’re a welcome throwback to the days when mom would griddle one for us as a snack on chilly school day afternoons. But the sandwiches of today go way beyond the two slices of Wonderbread and preternaturally orange American cheese of yesteryear. Chefs are transforming the humble sandwich by using fantastic fromage and A+ add-ons. Here are 11 epic grilled cheese sandwiches.

Ripple, Washington, D.C.
Any sandwich called the Quack Attack is automatically cool in our book. This beyond epic concoction is rich with Cambozola, an indulgent combination of French soft-ripened triple cream cheese, and Gorgonzola. As if that wasn’t enough for quack addicts, there’s also duck prosciutto and a sunny side up duck egg. Make a reservation at Ripple.

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Murray’s Cheese, New York, New York
There’s only one word to describe this grilled cheese: amazeballs. Yes, that’s really a word. Look it up. The Spaniard oozes with Idiazabal, a smoky, nutty sheep milk cheese from Spain (duh!), which is complemented by Serrano ham, spicy chorizo, roasted red peppers, and romesco sauce. Make a reservation at Murray’s Cheese.

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Big City Tavern, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Better bring your appetite if you want to take down this bad boy. A shroud of melted Provolone is draped over a mound of shaved ribeye perked up with zingy horseradish mayo and sweet caramelized onions. A bib isn’t required, but it is encouraged. Make a reservation at Big City Tavern.

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Buddy V’s, Las Vegas, Nevada
You can eat this Italian grilled cheese with a fork and knife. Not that we’re recommending you do that; we’re all about getting our hands dirty. Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s sandwich features fried mozzarella and sits in a pool of tomato ragu and Genovese pesto that’s perfect for dipping. Make a reservation at Buddy V’s.

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Delicatessen, New York, New York
Chef Michael Ferraro didn’t want to simply use a few hole-y slices of Swiss for his Reuben riffing grilled cheese, so he substituted in four cheese mac ‘n’ cheese. Yes, you read that correctly. Of course, there’s also braised corned beef, sauerkraut, and pickles. It might not be what your zeyde (grandfather) grew up eating, but it’s a sandwich worthy of a new generation of deli-goers. Make a reservation at Delicatessen.

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Brick & Mortar Kitchen, Richmond, Texas
Get a little bit of the South in your mouth. Plump with pimento cheese, this sandwich epitomizes everything we love about comfort food from below the Mason-Dixon line. And, it comes with a bowl of tomato basil soup, which is a million times better than anything you ever got out of a Campbell’s can. Make a reservation at Brick & Mortar Kitchen.

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Healthy Eating Trends: Top Restaurants for Your New Year’s Resolution

Just because you made a resolution to rid yourself of those holiday pounds off doesn’t mean you can’t have fun when eating out. From the crunch of kimchi-topped sweet potato fries with cashew-chipotle drizzle to the panache of whole-roasted fish presented tableside, there’s a lot more than salad and carrot sticks to enliven any January day with these restaurants embracing healthy eating trends to help you stick to your delicious dining New Year resolutions.

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Organic Grill, New York, New York
Business starts booming at the Organic Grill on New Year’s Day. “I think everyone is trying to start their resolutions off right,” jokes owner Julia Chebotar of her family-owned mostly vegan, organic restaurant in East Village. It’s easy to see why if you check out this season’s brunch menu, featuring dishes enticing enough to turn any carnivore’s head (or appetite) — think loaded kimchi sweet-potato fries with cashew chipotle drizzle, cabbage, scallion, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, sriracha, and vegan or dairy cheese. Chebotar says she likes to make the January menu fun for those new to a “clean” lifestyle, and anything that features greens like kale or spinach is a big seller, especially the new sweet green + kale frittata. Organic Grill also features an extensive lineup of veggie burgers, organic wild salmon and tilapia, juice cleanses, and raw foods. Make a reservation at Organic Grill.

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Marin Restaurant & Bar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Chef Mike Rankun busts the bluster of Minnesota with California-themed cuisine using local produce. Ham, fig, and blue cheese flatbread on a whole-wheat crust, jerk-spiced pork chops with mashed sweet potatoes, or grass-fed beef tenderloin with potato puree, spinach, and balsamic Cipollini onions may sound like heartier fare, but those counting calories don’t have to fear the pitfalls of dining out — each item on the menu is presented with its nutritional content. Rankun spotlights both small and large plates, and cuts calories and fat year-round by swapping out butter for olive oil and using starchy liquid from ears of corn in lieu of heavy cream to thicken soups. Make a reservation at Marin Restaurant & Bar.

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Puritan & Company, Boston, Massachusetts
It should come as no surprise that Boston chef Will Gilson, whose family owns the Herb Lyceum garden and greenhouse in nearby Groton, puts the focus on fresh in January. Puritan & Company will supplement its normal Sunday brunch menu with BEATNIK juices, a collaboration between father David and son, for everything from energy boosting to detoxifying, cleansing, or just reviving after a night of partying. For those who’ve toasted 2016 with a bit too much spirit, pick hangover cure Beet the Blues, made with beets, blueberries, lemon, and apple and packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, and fiber. Make a reservation at Puritan & Company.

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Blowfish Sushi, San Francisco, California
Sushi is always a top choice for the health-conscious year-round, but January is a great time to try something new, says Blowfish Sushi’s Brigid Kealy. One of her favorite dishes — which features no rice — is great for those counting carbs: Tokyo Ceviche. The classic Japanese sunomono (cucumber salad) is topped with fresh crab, shrimp, tuna, and octopus, and then crowned with a mango, grapefruit, and cucumber sorbet made by a local creamery. By highlighting fresh local produce from California farms, Kealy says sushi can be a surprising way to embrace vegetarian options, like miso-marinated eggplant nigiri to potrero veggie roll with two types of tofu, carrot, and asparagus. Make a reservation at Blowfish Sushi.

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SOL Cocina, Scottsdale, Arizona
All preconceptions of overfilled burritos and gooey nachos can be dropped at the door at SOL Cocina, where James Beard-nominated executive chef Deborah Schneider — inspired by her trips just south of Arizona’s borders — maintains a healthy menu of entrees that are wood-grilled or braised in their own juices, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-friendly dishes, beans prepared without fat or oils, and 34 fat-free salsas made from fresh fruits and vegetables. Dressings are created with fresh juices and thickened with ticker-friendly avocado in lieu of eggs or mayonnaise. New seasonal menu additions include tacos (roasted squash or grilled shrimp agave), although, for traditionalists, Schneider says her baked chile relleno (traditionally filled with cheese and fried) feels indulgent without having to make several trips to the gym. Other resolution-friendly hits are the Hot & Raw Ceviche, with fresh citrus, habanero chiles, avocado, and cucumber served with sweet potato and red beet chips. Make a reservation at SOL Cocina.

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