Upgrade your 'ade, or how to spike summer's favorite thirst quencher

Monks' Picnic (Photo by Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post)

I don't know about you, but now and then I kind of regret developing high standards.

Applause, applause for Bravo Bravo

Shrimp bruschetta at Bravo Bravo. (Alex Nunes)

All in all, an excellent restaurant.

Virginia man downs 480 oysters to claim crown

A Virginia man has slurped down 40 dozen oysters to claim victory at this year's World Oyster Eating Championship in New Orleans





Rick's List -- Summer Doldrums in New London edition

Let's get to it. 1. The 4th of July was on a Wednesday, so the fun kicked off the previous Saturday. Heat and humidity were horrible — I blame New London — and visitors were headed to the shore like...

Chaos or serenity on the water: It’s all good

Sailboats, powerboats, Jet Skis and various other vessels zig-zagged in every direction, throwing up a Maytag of wakes.


Upcoming concerts and shows

Ozuna — Sept. 29 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale now; $69-$159

Chicago — Sept. 20 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $36-$125

Raffi — Nov. 3 at Shubert, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $36.50-$82.50

Social Distortion — Oct. 4 at Lupo's, Providence; tickets on sale now; $35-$45

Franz Ferdinand — Aug. 8 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $28-$32