60 things you won't regret doing this summer


                                  

1. Sip an umbrella drink by the pool.

Sip an umbrella drink by the pool.

2. Make an ice cream sandwich out of a waffle.

Make an ice cream sandwich out of a waffle.

Here are 21 other ice cream sandwiches you should also consider.

3. Take a mini road trip just to eat something amazing.

Take a mini road trip just to eat something amazing.

Roadfood is the best guide to road trip food — hands down. Now a website, the guide was originally a book that came out in 1977 when the writers Jane and Michael Stern started documenting American regional food. Then it turned into a magazine column in Gourmet, and several more books, and now it’s a huge online database of regional meals along highways, in small towns and in city neighborhoods. 

All that is to say, pick one meal (or a bunch?) near you, and make it a summer goal to get there. 

Pictured above from top left, clockwise: ice cream at Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in La Mars, Iowa; buffalo chicken wings at Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York; a platter from Ted's Hot Dogs in Tonawanda, New York; a beef taco at El Charro in Tuscon, Arizona.

4. Make ice cream from scratch.

Make ice cream from scratch.

5. Throw a party with a DIY Hot Dog Bar.

Throw a party with a DIY Hot Dog Bar.

Or get yourself invited to one? Awesome topping bar ideas over here from Bon Appetit. Here are some other great ones from Taste of Home.

6. Go berry picking.

Go berry picking.

7. Have a bowl of cold soup on a hot day.

Have a bowl of cold soup on a hot day.

Get the recipe for Chilled Peach Soup with fresh Goat Cheese.

8. Make Banana Nutella S’mores

Make Banana Nutella S'mores

 

9. Grill a cocktail.

Grill a cocktail.

Get the recipes for five cocktails made with grilled ingredients on Bon Appetit.

10. Eat blueberry pie.

Eat blueberry pie.
Emily Fleischaker

11. Snack on the beach.

 

12. Drink something out of a coconut.

Drink something out of a coconut.

13. And also out of a pineapple.

14. Grill a steak.

Grill a steak.

 

15. Freeze something fun into your ice cubes.

 

16. Eat watermelon ON A STICK.

Eat watermelon ON A STICK.

17. Go on a picnic.

Go on a picnic.

18. Eat tomatoes when they are in season and taste like dreams coming true.

Eat tomatoes when they are in season and taste like dreams coming true.

19. Eat them for breakfast too.

Eat them for breakfast too.

20. Start an herb garden — even if you don’t have outdoor space.

Start an herb garden — even if you don't have outdoor space.

21. Eat a boozy fresh fruit salad.

Eat a boozy fresh fruit salad.

22. Eat Maryland blue crabs.

Eat Maryland blue crabs.

23. Make cold-brew coffee.

Make cold-brew coffee.

 

24. Or, if you’d like to live forever, give up coffee for iced matcha tea.

Or, if you'd like to live forever, give up coffee for iced matcha tea.

 

25. Eat Dippin’ Dots.

Eat Dippin' Dots.

BTW, there’s a machine for that now.

BTW, there's a machine for that now.

26. Grill peaches.

Grill peaches.

27. Actually, grill all the fruit.

Actually, grill all the fruit.

28. Make a classic mint julep.

Make a classic mint julep.

The ice is the most important part. 

29. Eat an unreasonable amount of guacamole.

Eat an unreasonable amount of guacamole.

30. Eat Mexican street corn.

Eat Mexican street corn.

31. Hang out around a fire and drink whiskey.

Hang out around a fire and drink whiskey.

32. Preferably out of a flask.

Preferably out of a flask.

 

33. Eat cherries while they’re in season.

Eat cherries while they're in season.

34. Eat a lobster roll.

Eat a lobster roll.

35. Eat a corn dog.

Eat a corn dog.

36. Drink Pimm’s Cups as often as possible.

Drink Pimm's Cups as often as possible.

 

37. Kick it on a sick lawn chair.

Kick it on a sick lawn chair.

(Even better if your version of a “sick lawn chair” looks like this.)

(Even better if your version of a "sick lawn chair" looks like this.)

38. Make some weird Jell-O shots.

Make some weird Jell-O shots.

39. Grill beer-can chicken.

Grill beer-can chicken.

 

40. Drink rosé.

Drink rosé.

41. Have an early dinner party outside, and sit around talking past when it gets dark.

Have an early dinner party outside, and sit around talking past when it gets dark.

42. Make pesto out of summer corn.

Make pesto out of summer corn.

 

43. Dip popsicles in Prosecco.

Dip popsicles in Prosecco.

44. Go camping.

Go camping.

 

45. Eat melon and prosciutto.

Eat melon and prosciutto.

46. Fall asleep in a hammock.

Fall asleep in a hammock.

Cat shows how it’s done.

47. Stuff your face on the Fourth of July.

Stuff your face on the Fourth of July.

 

48. Eat as many regional BBQ styles as possible.

Eat as many regional BBQ styles as possible.

 

49. Do some day drinking — even when you have to hide it.

50. Grill kale for a salad.

Grill kale for a salad.

Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums 

51. Drink frozen hot chocolate.

Drink frozen hot chocolate.

52. Make this incredible black rice salad.

Make this incredible black rice salad.

 

53. Eat Mister Softee as often as possible.

Eat Mister Softee as often as possible.

54. Use this trick to cool down a drink more quickly.

Use this trick to cool down a drink more quickly.

55. Make a punch bowl out of a watermelon.

Make a punch bowl out of a watermelon.

56. Go fishing.

Go fishing.

57. Make popsicles.

Make popsicles.

58. DIY a floating bar.

DIY a floating bar.

59. Get a margarita manicure.

Get a margarita manicure.

60. Read and relax.

Read and relax.

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