By MiMi Levine | account manager, fashion
All winter long, we focus on getting that perfect summer body. You know, dieting and exercising just to get bikini ready. But during the summer, we’re working on a different kind of body—the winter bod, the one with a few extra pounds that loves getting snuggly in our sweats. Here at mml pr, we focus on perfecting our winter bodies during these summer months by indulging in delicious eats, and I kicked off my journey with some of my favorite restaurants in NYC, LA and San Francisco. I also love to cook for myself, so I've included a hometown favorite that you can try, too!
There’s never a shortage of new restaurants in NYC, and summertime is a literal playground of new food. One of my favorite recently opened eateries is the intimate The Flower Shop, where their fried chicken is KING! Don’t miss a chance to head downstairs to their bar where you can play a game of pool or just sit and chat around the pink fireplace!
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If you’re in LA, there is absolutely no excuse to miss Bestia. Their bone marrow is out of this world—and if you’re looking to go a little crazy, ask for the “Bone Luge” to accompany the dish. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like!
If you’re into tasting menus and have the money to do it, then I highly suggest a once-in-a-lifetime meal at Thomas Keller’s famed Napa eatery, The French Laundry (expect to spend about $1,000 for a memorable meal for two!). From foie gras to caviar, Wagyu steak to fresh homemade donuts, this meal is one I will certainly never forget.
Commis (Oakland, CA)
A bit more reasonable (approx. $400 for two) is Commis, an intimate restaurant with a killer chef’s counter (where we sat, of course!). The caviar course is a standout here, though there’s no telling what you’ll get from their rotating, seasonal menu.
And of course, if you’re in SF don’t forget to hit up regional favorites like Tartine Bakery, Zuni Café (you must get the chicken for two!), Foreign Cinema and the new hottest ticket in town: State Bird Provisions, which serves new American fare via dim sum–style carts!
Cook at Home!
Sometimes, we just want to enjoy the bounty of summer from the comfort of our own homes. I spend much of my summer on the eastern shore of Maryland and we LOVE our softshell crabs! If you can get your hands on some fresh softshells this summer, BUY THEM! This is how I make them:
Ingredients (Serves 2):
- ½ stick butter
- canola oil
- flour for dredging
- 2 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 4 softshell crabs (Jumbos or “whales” are best! Ask your fishmonger to clean your softshells and deliver them to you on ice.)
- lemon wedges for serving
Combine butter and a ½ inch of canola oil in a heavy-bottomed sauté pan and heat on medium-high until bubbling. Combine the flour, Old Bay and salt in a shallow dish for dredging. Dredge the softshells in the flour mixture, ensuring an even coating all around. Shallow-fry the softshells in the oil and butter mixture for approx. 3 minutes per side. Remove the softshells and let them drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with a garnish of lemon wedges and a nice side salad—or throw them on a potato bun for a killer summer sandwich!
I hope you enjoyed my culinary tour of east and west! As for the age-old question of which is better? Well…I just won't answer that! But you can be the judge for yourself. Let us know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these eateries and share your favorite summer hot spots in your own neighborhood!
So head to the beach, show off that summer bod, and enjoy the beautiful weather. But let’s also not forget to strive for that perfect winter body with a few delicious summer meals!