June 30th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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We're a bit Anderson Cooper-centric today, but he's going gung-ho in the Gulf. Here, he tours oyster beds, newly reopened after the oil spill.

See all Gulf Coast seafood coverage on Eatocracy and full coverage throughout CNN

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June 30th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every weekday, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured bloggers and blog:
Who: Thomas Robinson, of Eat Local Memphis
Where: Memphis, Tennessee
Twitter: @eatlocalmemphis


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Lunchtime poll – gas vs charcoal
June 30th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Coke vs Pepsi. Beatles vs Stones. Toilet paper over vs under. Some debates just never seem to flame out, so we're asking.

Feel free to rant, rave and state your case in the comments below. For the record, when we're in a hurry during the week, gas does the trick. On a weekend, when there's plenty of time to go low and slow, we opt for hardwood lump charcoal and mesquite, hickory or fruit wood chips for extra smoke flavor. Than again, we're a tab obsessed.

Speaking of - here are our top tips for grilling mastery. Got some? Speak up and we just might share them in an upcoming feature.

And have you been following our big ol' Picnic Poll?

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Box lunch
June 30th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Much to the dismay of Toucan Sam, the Center for Science in the Public Interest says food dyes can cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity, and even cancer. - Paging Dr. Gupta

  • Students at New York Harbor School are harvesting their own oysters.  - New York Times

  • Cheerwine, North Carolina's popular cherry-flavored soda, is now being infused into Krispy Kreme doughnuts. A Carolinian's dream come true. - Charlotte Observer

  • Table for one? More than half of Japan’s restaurant patrons now eat alone. - Bloomberg

  • Learn how to start your own compost pile. One man's trash is another man's compost. - Serious Eats
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June 30th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
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CNN Health writer Madison Park recently traveled to South Africa to watch the World Cup. She ate well.

What can $4 buy you in South Africa?

A heaping plate of chicken biryani, served with lentils enough to feed a small family, fried calamari strips, tender, light and perfectly flavored - and none of this is "fast food."

Finding a delicious, filling meal on a shoestring budget is not difficult in South Africa, thank goodness, because airfare, World Cup game tickets and accommodations can break the bank.

With English, Dutch, Indian influences, flavors possibilities seem unlimited. Here are some meals under $4 we found in Cape Town.

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