Life’s more fun when you live it flavorfully—that’s why we pepper our days with dynamic reads, inspired adventures, brain-feeding podcasts, and recipes we’ll cook up as soon as we have the time. Here’s our Friday roundup of the five things we’re into and up to this week:

1. Exploring | Thrillist
8 American Cities You Should Visit Before They’re Too Popular
New York, LA, Chicago – everyone knows the country’s most popular urban destinations, but truth be told, hidden gems are all around us. This week, we’re all about places that are on the map, but perhaps a bit off your radar.

2. Planting | Modern Farmer
Meet a Woman Who Keeps 500 Plants in Her Brooklyn Apartment
The first rule of living in New York: real estate is capital-t TIGHT. If you’re lucky enough to find a spot, though, don’t be surprised if it’s a little closet-esque. So what’s one to do? Summer Rayne Oakes turned lemons into lemonade and made a garden of her own apartment. Who needs a backyard when you practically have one in your kitchen?

3. Savoring | Washington Post
Is This Tunisian Chile Paste the New Sriracha? Not Yet, But It Sure Should Be
For years, Harissa has held a special place in our hears. So, of course we’re glad to see it getting the praise it deserves *clapping emoji*. Need ideas on how to use this miracle spread? Look here.

4. Charring | For Those Who Savor
Grilled Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki
Summer is the perfect time for do-it-yourself kabobs that’ll add something new and fun to eat to the table. This recipe is simple but the results are extremely effective. Cue everyone asking for seconds.

5. Spiking | Huckberry
How to Spike a Watermelon
Ever find yourself with an extra watermelon? Turn it into something 10x better: a drink! Add a little flair to your next summer cookout, social gathering, or even a night in – it won’t be watermelon season for long!