Box lunch
July 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Oil droplets were found in the larvae of Gulf Coast blue crabs and fiddler crabs, raising new questions on the safety of seafood. - USA Today

  • Doonesbury ensures the soft shell crabs served at "McFriendly's" are safe to eat. - Slate

  • Fake restaurant inspectors are duping local restaurants out of confidential information. - Chicago Tribune

  • Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. Men eat chicken wings, women eat chocolate. Riddhi Shah explores how food is genderized. - Salon

  • "Once you pop, the whole grain fun don't stop." Pringles introduces a new multigrain potato chip. - New York Times
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July 2nd, 2010
10:30 AM ET
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[UPDATE - Reports of Kobayashi's bow-out from the contest are likely premature]

It ain't pretty, but it's become an Independence Day fixture. Nearly every year since 1916, the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has drawn gustatory gladiators from around the globe to compete for the coveted Mustard Yellow Belt and gagging bragging rights awarded the trencherman who can jam the most dogs and buns down his or her gullet.

Reigning champion Joey Chesnut talks shoveling strategy, his rival Takeru Kobayashi's contract-based bow-out (Editor's note – he shares our suspicion that it's all a psych-out/hype stunt) and the art of staying svelte amidst caloric Armageddon.

(Oh and – Eatocracy pals Kristyn Pomranz and Katherine Steinberg's 'Hot Dogs: The Competitive Eating Musical' is set to hit Off-Off-Broadway stages in the late summer/early fall. Totally worth a trip to NYC, we think.)

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Frustration is running high in Gulf Coast
July 2nd, 2010
10:00 AM ET
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In the small rural town of Port Sulphur, Louisiana, fishing is a way of life. Its residents - many of them third-generation fishermen - are becoming more and more frustrated by the pace of the clean-up effort in the Gulf.

CNN political analyst Roland S. Martin weighs in on the devastation of the BP oil catastrophe.

He writes: "The bottom line: No fishing; no money; no life."

Read the FULL STORY.

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Eatcyclopedia – collards / collard greens
July 2nd, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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Eatcyclopedia is our ever-expanding glossary of food terms, and we'll be highlighting a term from it each weekday. The entries include definitions and, where applicable, pronunciations and country of origin - all spelling bee competitor style. Want us this use it in a sentence? Okay, here goes.

Use: My friend Miss Ellen liked to start soaking the collards three days before the big meal because they're often so tough, but I just take out the center rib and cut them into ribbons.

Read the full entry for "collards / collard greens."

Got a term you'd like defined? Tell us in the comments and we'll do our best to add it to the glossary.

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Breakfast buffet
July 2nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

If you appreciate the pungent flavor bombs of black jelly beans, black licorice, fennel or Sambuca - today is your day.

July 2 is National Anisette Day - anisette being the colorless, very sweet liqueur flavored with the distinctively licorice-y taste of anise seed.

What's on TV?


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