Food and Wine is running a food photo contest (h/t Chez Pim). If you are interested in a great cookbook, Food and Wine's annual cookbook is hard to beat.
The Amateur Gourmet's July 31 entry sings the praises of Gourmet's July 2006 issue, which provides instructions on how to make the perfect pie crust. Says The Amateur Gourmet: "Bad pie makers, have I got a tip for you. Buy this month's Gourmet magazine and follow their technique for making the perfect pie crust. I am a terrible pie maker and I worked up the courage to follow their recipe after too many bad experiences and guess what? This crust was killer." Who can resist a recommendation like that? **Update: Kit at Kitchen Notes says it's the August 2006 issue of Gourmet.**
Kathy has a review of Waiola Shave Ice in Honolulu. What I like to order there is lilikoi (passion fruit) syrup, with crack seed, li hing mui powder, all topped with sweetened condensed milk. I used to be a purist until my sister-in-law introduced me to all the fixins'.
David Lebovitz has handy instructions regarding cell phones so that you can stay connected on your next trip to Paris.