July 12th, 2010
07:30 PM ET
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Uh oh, salsa and guacamole lovers. Sure these two condiments are zesty and chunky – but be forewarned, they could be the culprits behind foodborne illnesses.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found that 3.9 percent of foodborne outbreaks from 1998 to 2008 in restaurants were confirmed or suspected to be from salsa, guacamole or pico de gallo.

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Roadside Eats: Eufaula, Alabama
July 12th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
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CNN staffers travel a lot, even when they're not out chasing a story. They also tend to seek out delicious eats, no matter where their travels take them. This is the first in a series of snapshots of roadside food stands across the globe. Today's contributor, Matthew Rond, is a photo editor for CNN. He is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

For a photographer, the Southern roadside is forever a visual delicacy. Off the beaten path of federal interstates, rural life is on full display; hair salons, flea markets, deer processing and roadside eateries abound. These sun-baked highways are a wonderland, the storefronts an invitation to a traveler eager to explore.

July 3, 2010, just before dusk, I was pulling through lakeside Eufaula, Alabama. Getting hungry, I thought I could make do with Taco Bell. Maybe that's as good as it would get.

I knew that I wanted a local food experience but with hours of traveling ahead maybe the drive-thru would suffice. After puttering slowly through Friday traffic and Eufaula's district of historic homes I approached the more commercialized section of highway south of town center. The familiar color of fast food lurked on the horizon.

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5@5 - Chef Kerry Simon
July 12th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Nicknamed the “rock-n-roll chef" by Rolling Stone magazine, Kerry Simon is the wildly coiffed man behind the Las Vegas burner of Simon Restaurant at Palms Place. He also operates LA Market and Simon L.A in Los Angeles, California.

You may also recognize Simon as the victor of "Battle Hamburger" on "Iron Chef America," where he famously beat Cat Cora, making him the first male chef on the show to ever triumph over the female chef.

Taking a page out of Guy Fieri's book, Kerry Simon tips us off on his favorite dive-y haunts - nothing conquers a Las Vegas-induced hangover like a good ol' greasy cheeseburger.

Five Favorite Dives: Kerry Simon


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Blogger Spotlight: Local Lemons
July 12th, 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: Allison Arevalo, of Local Lemons
Where: Berkeley, California
Twitter: @LocalLemons


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