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Posted: August 02, 2012

S'mores redux

It's hard to improve upon this summer classic, but pastry chef Jessica Mogardo has pulled it off with this gussied-up version she's offering at Garces Trading Company. With a center of crushed graham crackers, a swirl of house-made fluff, a layer of blackout chocolate cake, and a finishing coat of ganache, this indulgent dessert brings back memories of that old lunchbox treat, the Ho Ho, only oh-so-much better.

S'mores, $7, at Garces Trading Company, 1111 Locust Street Philadelphia, 215-574-1099.

- Maureen Fitzgerald

Sleek and slim

Perrier is offering its bubbly in skinny cans this summer, great for throwing in a picnic basket or cooler. Yes, it's really just clever packaging - convenience meets cute. But the 8-ounce cans are a nice size for one serving, or perfect for mixing drinks. And I do love the pink grapefruit flavor, with just a hint of that tangy-bitter-sweet fruit.

Perrier slim cans, 10 cans for $5.99 at Target and other retail outlets.

- M.F.

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