I'm not sure everyone in life will experience a Hawaiian luau, but I'm sure everyone will have at least heard of one. The centerpiece of a typical luau is the underground oven lined with leaves and hot rocks, called an imu, that is used to roast the meat, typically pork. I doubt you're going to dig a hole in your yard anytime soon, but a crockpot can do the same thing! (Especially one that comes with a clay insert like this Vitaclay model
.) How cool is that? Not only does it mimic an earthenware cooking style, you circumvent the nasty aluminum health hazards that have been in hot debate the last few years. I'm putting this one on my Christmas list!
There you have it: five international themes you can try the next time you entertain outside. You don't have to limit yourself to these countries, the possibilities are nearly endless--I wish I could could say the same for summer.