Blogger Spotlight: NOLA Eats
July 2nd, 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 blogger and blog:
Who: Leslie J. Almeida, of NOLA Eats
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Twitter: @NOLA_Eats

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Heat-seeking eater seeks nuclear noshes
July 2nd, 2010
01:00 PM ET
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It took two glasses of water and a bowl of white rice to douse the fire set by a forkful of Washington D.C. Kung Pao chicken.

I love spicy food, and so did my dad. He's where I got my masochistic love of foods that taste like the business end of a flamethrower. Growing up, grilled Serrano peppers were a frequently side dish to any Mexican food my mother whipped up. Legend has it that my mother tried to get me to stop sucking my thumb as a kid by soaking the digit in jalapeno juice. This plan backfired.
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July 2nd, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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Hot on the heels of yesterday's House testimony on the topic of childhood health, Top Chef's Tom Colicchio joins the teeming ranks of chefs encouraging Americans to have faith in the seafood coming out of the Gulf. Colicchio recently traveled there to inspect the situation first hand and tells CNN that he's putting his money where your mouth is - and that diners should do the same.

Chefs John Besh, Marcus Samuelsson, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Michel Nischan and others recently spoke with Eatocracy on the oil spill's impact on the seafood industry. Watch the FULL VIDEO

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

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Lunchtime poll – dating dealbreaker #2
July 2nd, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Commenters had PLENTY to chew on in yesterday's dating dealbreaker poll about rudeness to waiters. We've got a table manners poll after the jump, but here's what your fellow Eatocracy readers said.

JR
He would be done. If he can ream someone over a minor mistake, that tells me that he's incredibly self centered and lacking empathy, wrapped way too tight and I don't want to contemplate spending a lifetime with someone who would end up pointing that in my direction or in the direction of our mythical children. I just see a future of misery.

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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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