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Just months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, British Petroleum declared the recovery a success, and the Gulf of Mexico’s fisheries were opened for business. To celebrate, seafood freak ROWAN JACOBSEN packed his bib and went south to cook up a locally sourced gumbo. But when he got there, something didn’t taste right.

New Orleans chef John Besh dishes up the ultimate seafood-gumbo recipe

If you know someone who thinks eating backcountry ramen with a fork seems culturally inauthentic, yet does not have the patience to finesse campsite mac and cheese from a bowl to mouth with chopsticks, GSI has the ultimate utensil for them. The titanium Kung…

First energy drinks came in skinny cans. Then it was dissolvable packets. Now they're available in inhalable powder form.

No one backyard accessory will decrease your time in the kitchen more than Ecoque's outdoor Wood-Fired Pizza Oven and Smoker. Why?1. You can now cook outside at anytime of the year.2. You're cooking with wood, so everything you hot or cold smoke, roast, bake, braise, plank, or…

Few events excite Manhattan’s top chefs more than the arrival of a care package from Evan Strusinski, a foraging ­savant who stalks the ­remote woods and coastlines of the Northeast for nature’s most exotic ­ingredients. Forgive him his trespasses.

Superstar chef Jamie Oliver became a hero in England by convincing his countrymen to eat better. Now he's on the case in the U.S. with Food Revolution, an ABC series in which he exposes the evils of processed fare, sends Americans back into the kitchen, and learns firsthand just how much we hate to change our recipes.

Select mountain town chefs share their motivations.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Powerbar Pure and Simple.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Polar 24-Ounce Insulated Bottle.

Courtesy of Flickr Five days before the 2010 Olympic snowboard trials, 23-year-old Kevin Pearce cracked his head on a halfpipe and sunk into a coma. He woke up six days later with memory…

By Stephen Regenold Clif Bar & Company is known for its energy gels and namesake bars. But alcoholic beverages? A division of the company, run by husband and wife co-owners Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, grows and sources grapes in Napa Valley and produces a line…

What food is best for long canoe trip, where weight is not an issue? Alex Savannah, GA

These five chefs from Colorado are realizing that there's no better pairing than fine cuisine and high-altitude fun.

Smart Snack An organic, 210-calorie mash-up of the trendiest power foods—from açai to goji berries—with five grams of natural protein and eight grams of healthy fats. There’s too much fiber (five grams) for pre-run fuel, but it makes for a palatable hunger smasher before you reach for the chips.

Looking for sweeter fare? The caramel flavors taste like candy but still have 23 vitamins and minerals and five grams of fiber and protein. This bar has only 100 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. www.balance.com…

This 100-percent-real-fruit energy bar features a maltodextrin-fructose blend to deliver more energy to muscles over the long haul, with six grams of protein and zero junk food. powerbar.com…

Trickle Charger This mix between a 100-calorie gel and four-ounce sports drink has been designed specifically to top off your stores before a workout. The main sugar, isomaltulose, is a sweetener that digests slower (for more sustained energy) than traditional sugars. Our take: Works as intended. gatorade.com…

Mainline your nutrients with this 73 percent organic bar. Açaí, the Amazon’s superfruit, adds essential fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, altogether, the ingredients add up to a full serving of vegetables. theprobar.com…

Ultra freaks, take note: Gu’s new high-powered sugar slurp has about three times the citrates and amino acids of its regular gels and may help battle fatigue in extreme races. Taste? Salty and a touch bitter. gusports.com…

Daily Dose Lance may shill for FRS, but it’s hard to tell whether quercetin—the dominant ingredient in this company’s drinks and chews—really ramps up your mitochondrial power plants and endurance. Small, company-funded studies say yes. We say quite possibly. frs.com…

OK, we have mixed feelings about Muscle Milk—it does, after all, contain lean lipids in an attempt to mimic that miraculous growth drink called breast milk—but it works! Best used as a post-strength-workout shake. Pack of four, cytosport.com…

Four-Pack If you already get your carbs and calories somewhere else, this lactose-free shake speeds recovery with 15 grams of protein but just 100 calories—130 less than regular Muscle Milk. cytosport.com…

The Best Energy Blobs Of the many of chews we’ve tested over the years, these are our favorites. They come in great flavors (like fruit smoothie and pomegranate), are easy to digest, and are made almost entirely from natural, non-GMO ingredients (like tapioca syrup and honey). honeystinger.com…

Twelve sugar-free electrolyte tabs come in a pocket-size tube. Dissolve a tab in 16 ounces of water and drink—the taste is clean and refreshing. For an extra boost try the new Kona cola flavor with caffeine. nuun.com…

Unlike the regular stuff you get at the gas ‘n’ go, this Gatorade mix has 79 g of healthy sugars (no high-fructose corn syrup) and much more salt—350 milligrams. Buy it online or at a health-food store. gatorade.com/performance…

Tastes like a cookie, works like an energy bar. Best for long days when you need big-time calories. Each bar contains about 100 grams of carbs and 650 calories, about three times the average bar. bigsurbar.com…

“Extreme” might be overkill, as these are just jelly beans (sugar plus corn syrup) with 50 mg of caffeine plus a little salt and vitamins. Pop them before workouts for a nice energy surge—100 calories, 25 g sugar. Midrun, we found them hard to chew. sportbeans.com…

You’ll drink more if your water doesn’t taste like a stale reservoir. Add flavor and vitamins with this drink mix, which comes in a box of ten packets (add one packet to 16 or so ounces of water; 20 calories each). propelwater.com…

A new, refreshingly not-so-sweet endurance drink, Xood has no artificial anything. But each 16-oz packet does have 30 g of carbs (natural maltodextrin and fructose), 105 mg of sodium, and 2.5 g of whey protein. xoodhealth.com BummerThe concoction is too frothy to carry…

Make your own energy snacks? Sounds like work, but it’s not with these all-natural DIY bars, which are as easy to bake as instant brownies. (makes nine bars); matisseandjacks.com…

Missed lunch? Don’t also miss your workout. These heavy-duty meal-replacement bars have 280 calories—38 g of carbs, 20 g of protein, and 6 g of fat—and taste pretty darn good. promaxnutrition.com BonusSome flavors have no high-fructose corn syrup.

With a combination of whole foods—nuts, seeds, and fruit— these bars are healthy and taste nutritious. In a good way. www.theprobar.com…

G2 has the same sodium-to-water ratio as regular Gatorade, for optimum hydration, but half the calories (25) per serving, so you can drink it when you’re not working out. drinkg2.com Bummer: Tastes like candy, and not in a good way.

These oat-and-chocolate-covered cookie-dough balls are savory and satisfying, with 11 g of protein and the same carb blend as regular PowerBars. But even with water, they’re a bit dry for midworkout fueling. powerbar.com…

Clif’s first 100 percent organic bar contains two servings of fruit—and no more than five ingredients total. Our fave: Dark Chocolate & Walnut. www.clifbar.com…

Recognizable ingredients taste best. The 170- to 190-calorie Pure bars are a mix of nuts, soy, sugar, and dried fruit—with nine grams of protein and about six grams of hunger-stalling fat. balance.com…

Power Pills We like these candylike energy beans more now that they contain natural sugar instead of corn syrup. They’re potent and tasty, but a little fumble-prone for fast-forward activities. sportbeans.com…

The Hooah!’s claim to fame? It was developed by the U.S. military, which found that it improved stamina. The Chocolate Crisp is like eating a flavored Rice Krispie treat. www.hooahbar.com…

Quickly replenish your energy stores mid-run with 13 grams of carbs (maltodextrin and fructose), 55 milligrams sodium, and an easy-down, Tang-like taste. cytomax.com…

Pick You Up Training hard? This 250-calorie packet of whey protein (eight grams), sugars (52 grams of maltodextrin and fructose), electrolytes, and amino acids rushes aid to your muscles to prep you for tomorrow. Taste? Smooth and sweet—not chalky. guenergy.com…

Sports nutritionists recommend a bar like this—with 20 grams of protein—before resistance training. Caution: The honey-based Peanut Butta Pro is a bit sweet for a mid-hike snack. www.honeystinger.com…

Strawberries, soy, raisins, coconut, and chocolate: With 130 calories, four grams of protein, and 17 grams of carbs, this slender bar will help you postpone dinner until after your run. The penalty: 2.5 grams of saturated fat. soyjoy.com…

It was 20 years ago this fall — November 17, 1990, to be precise — when Gary Erickson (pictured at left) started to bonk on the long bike ride up Mount Hamilton in Santa Clara County, Calif. He had six energy bars with him for the day, a stash…

Courtesy of Flickr Mmmm, SunChips. They're deliciously salty, relatively healthy, and until recently, packaged noisily. Frito-Lay discontinued their line of infamous 100% compostable bags in all except the original flavor, reports the New York Times. So what if every…

Beer is the Dom Perignon of the Amazon. The surest way to get everyone’s attention is to show up with an obscene amount. We had everyone’s attention.

I'm building an emergency kit into a small fanny pack for day hikes in Colorado. I don't have space for cookware so I was wondering if there's a titanium water bottle that could be used to boil water over a campfire if necessary. – Jerry Colorado Springs, CO

Saloons so good you'll take an adventure just to see them.

It's National Tequila Day this Saturday, July 24! Instead of spending a lot of dough bar-hopping, we suggest making your own drinks. Mixologist Mark Drew of Casa Herradura gives you his best tequila recipes for summer fun: Blood Orange and Ginger Collins: El Jimador…

  Photos by Chris Werner In early June, beer lovers gathered at Orella Ranch on California’s Gaviota Coast for a two-day workshop on building a home brewery and making beer. Orella Ranch, a family ranch in operation since 1866, is also home to…

Vitamin D may turn out to be a wonder nutrient for your health and performance. If you're not getting enough—and you probably aren't—you need to start.

It’s not quite summer yet, but you can pretend it is. Just set up a dinner with the help of Randy Wayne White‘s recipe for Yucatan shrimp–the same one that’s used in the kitchen of the Outside…

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Tired of the rules banning BYO alcohol to certain sporting events and even the airport? Fret no more. You can go get yourself the Brandy Smuggler Walking Cane Flask at HomeWetBar.com. It's a classy cane that hides up to 10 oz. of…

We've been waiting for this.The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust has successfully recovered the whiskey left behind by Shackleton's 1908-1909 expedition to the continent, according to the Daily Mail. We anticipated the find in a…

After tracking down one of Italy's most eccentric vintners, our team of amateurs has a single afternoon to master one of wine-making's highest art forms.

Meet the author at an exclusive tasting.

De-icing the explorer's missing drink.

Need ideas for what to cook out on a hiking trail? There are eight simple meals you can make yourself in the great outdoors with minimal time and effort, according to Backpacker.com. There's the basic mac 'n' cheese dish, with tuna thrown in. And if you…

By Stephen Regenold Caffeine. Taurine. Glucuronolactone. These are the energizing–and sometimes controversial–ingredients that have fueled untold millions of outdoors and action-sports types since 1996 when a previously unknown blue-and-silver can appeared on shelves in the U.S. market. Red Bull Energy Drink is…

Today, October 16th, is World Food Day. It is a day designated for increasing awareness, understanding and year-round action to alleviate hunger. A report released on Wednesday by the United Nations says that the global economic crises has left over 1 billion people malnourished. According to…

According to Backpacker, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has donated a portion of this month's proceeds from their Pale Ale and Summerfest Lager to the Western Rivers Conservatory, an Oregon based non-profit.  The Company donated a grand…

Our man heads to Bavaria to partake of the national pastime.

I recently took up drinking tea. I was wondering how sustainable drinks like coffee and tea are? How far do they travel before reaching my table? Kevin Portland, Oregon

Senior editor Sam Moulton shows you how to blow fire.

Mace Fleeger shows you how to turn a match into a rocket with just a bit of tin foil.

A better way to get to know your favorite wilderness this harvest season: Pick, haul, fish, and forage your way from breakfast to dinner

Sixty seconds. That’s how long it takes you to roll over and go back to sleep—or, with the push of a button on the Jura-Capresso Impressa J5, brew up a perfect cup of espresso to get you into your gear closet and out the door. Before you’ve even registered what…

From showroom cookers to backyard fire pits, choice cuts of beef to slaw-covered brats, perfect margaritas to domestic sixers, it’s summer. Time to move the kitchen outside.

In which we take back the drinking trip from the wine snob. Here's how to mix world-class adventure and tasting, from Kentucky to Japan.

The inexorable rise of mountain-town sushi

Avid game hunter Steven Rinella will eat just about anything. Or so he's told us. So what happens when our extreme gourmand travels across the world to face America's ultimate culinary aversion?

Down Boy: Q&A with Steven Rinella Though author Steven Rinella wrote the book on weird food (The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine), traveling to Vietnam to sample cooked dog for the October 2007 feature story “Down Boy” totally freaked him out. Rinella talks…

Gas grills may get the prime floor space at Home Depot, but for backyard gourmands, nothing beats the warm glow of charcoal

Napa's knack for producing world-class vintages has spilled across the Left Coast. Raise a toast to five getaways that mix bucolic adventure by day with fine wine by night.

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