Structure your drinks and eats to beat the summer heat

6.6.17 By

Summer is fast approaching, and that means Mother Nature will crank the temperature up soon.

The warmer weather means people may temporarily change their eating habits, typically opting for lighter fare so as not to get weighted down in the Louisiana heat.

Just because you may eat lighter foods doesn’t mean you must sacrifice taste. Far from it, said Sunny Groom, general manager of Acquistapace’s Wine & Cheese in Mandeville.

“People choose fruit a lot when it’s hot,” Groom said. “It’s served cold much of the time and the juices inside are refreshing. We’re seeing beautiful grapes and local strawberries, and now’s when you start seeing your tropical fruits too. And you can’t go wrong with a cold slice of watermelon on a warm day.”

Seasonality is key to all good food, and Groom said Acquistapace’s has received some fine soft goat cheeses, which believe it or not, are seasonal products, as well.

As for the adult beverages, lighter beers (especially those flavored with fruit) are popular spring and summer selections. Just about every local brewery has some sort of beer tinged with local strawberries, and pilsners and pale ales are lighter fare that stay cold while shaking thirst.

But nothing beats a glass of cool, crisp rose’ wine this time of year. Groom said Acquistapace’s stocks more than 100 varieties of rosé from around the world, which could make their selection one of the largest not only in the state, but in the south.

“A glass of rosé on a late afternoon; sitting on your front porch; it just sounds perfect,” Groom said. “This is the time when it’s not too unbearably hot, so you can spend those afternoons outside relaxing. A rosé can be a wonderful part of that.”

For more ideas on which foods to choose this summer, stop by Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket at 125 E. 21st Ave. in Covington, or Acquistapace’s Wine & Cheese at 631 N. Causeway Blvd. in Mandeville near the foot of the Causeway.

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