Eat This: Spring Minestrone
High-impact, seasonal-injecting nutrition-enhancement. Packs mucho low-cal mojo.
Not That: Artichoke Fritters
Deep-fried danger. Category 5. No such thing as fritter insurance at the beach.
Eat This: Garden Salad
Metabolism-stoking, all-American differentiator.
Not That: Little Gem Lettuce (with olive-oil croutons)
Menu misdirection? “Little” items can weigh down health buffs: crouton to futon-ville.
Eat This: Pasta Annunziatta (braised octopus, guancialle, castelli vertrano olives)
Guilt-free, carb splurge. James Bond of pastas. Octopussy meats Goldfinger. Shaken, not stirred.
Not That: Hand-cut Pappardelle (rabbit ragout and parmigiano reggiano)
Run, rabbit, run. Hand-cut carbopalooza. Big-time Thumper watch.
Eat This: Mussels
Motor-revving, protein machines. This way to mussel beach!
Not That: Lobster Pot Pie
Crustacean nation: Beware the carb-container. The harder they come, the butter they fall.
A La Carte
Eat This: New York State Lamb Porterhouse
Dig the lamb-based localism. But go easy on the mint jelly. Silence of the jams.
Not That: Vintage Farm Ribeye for Two
Tandem is for sky-diving. Life rule—one man, one steak. The Lion likes it rare.