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CHINACO'S REPOSADO     Photo: Julie Dean

Bug  Tequila  Post-workout Smoothie Recipe  Backcountry Cheese  Coffee  Energy Bar
EDWARD O. WILSON, HONORARY CURATOR OF ENTOMOLOGY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, ON THE BEST-TASTING BUG:
"No question: the larvae of large cerambycid—wood-boring—beetles, roasted over a campfire."
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Liquid Gold
Like good bourbon, CHINACO'S REPOSADO tequila isn't meant to be slammed in a shot or diluted with sweet-and-sour mix. No, señor, it's meant to be sipped straight, or on the rocks, so the 100-percent- agave elixir can light a pleasant fire behind your teeth and then flow invisibly down your throat, leaving behind the smoky results of its six-month oak-barrel aging process. Chinaco's other great asset reveals itself the next morning, when you wake up with no hangover. Reason enough to lay out $45 for a bottle.
Available at fine liquor stores
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POST-WORKOUT SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Created through painstaking trial and error by our Bodywork editor: Blend 1 banana, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 scoop low-fat raspberry sherbet, 8­10 oz. low-fat strawberry yogurt, 1/2 cup skim milk, a handful of ice cubes, 1/4 cup wheat germ, 2 tbsp. vanilla-flavored whey protein.
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BACKCOUNTRY CHEESE
Italian Reggiano Parmesan

When it comes to schlepping dairy products into the wilderness, leave the squishy brie and sweaty cheddar at home. Parmesan is an adventurer's best friend. Buy a block of the tough stuff and slice off slabs for a tasty cheese sandwich on the summit of Shasta, or use your pre-grated stash to liven up a one-pot linguini surprise. We defy you to find an Italian mountaineering team that climbs without it.
Available at specialty grocers
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The Supreme Bean
Perfect java begins with roasters who know how to cook a coffee bean. At Peet's Coffee & Tea, a Californian institution since 1966, roasting is sacrosanct. Brew a little of PEET'S MAJOR DICKASON BLEND; no coffee tastes better, or will get your butt up a mountain faster. Perhaps that's why the late climber Alex Lowe never left for a Himalayan expedition without several pounds among his supplies.
$12/lb; 800-999-2132; www.peets.com
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ENERGY BAR
Clif Bar Cookies and Cream

If we've learned anything about nutrition in the field, it's that real food rules. Using all-natural ingredients, Clif has created an effective wheat- and dairy-free energy bar (39 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of protein) that tastes like a Baskin-Robbins ice-cream cone.
$1.69; 800-884-5254; www.clifbar.com
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