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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Eatcyclopedia – vegetarian/vegan
July 12th, 2010
01:00 PM 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: Many vegan and vegetarian commenters have weighed in on our essay about "ethical" animal slaughter; most say there is no such thing.

Read the full entries for "vegetarian" and "vegan"

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Lunchtime poll – vegetarianism
July 12th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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READ: Ongoing debate in the comments on our article about ethical pig slaughter

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

  • North Carolina Representative Bryan Holloway wants to lessen health code restrictions on “traditional country stores” after pimento cheese sandwiches were dubbed unsafe to eat.  - Greensboro News & Record

  • When a loose definition of "local food" ends in a fist fight.  - New York Times

  • Food critic Jay Rayner follows four cattle from the feedlot to his plate. - The Guardian

  • As part of Michelle Obama's fight against childhood obesity, chefs from across the country prepare healthy, affordable meals in the White House kitchen. - Let's Move!
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Topsy Turvy – a dissenting view
July 12th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
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We interrupt this thoughtful discussion on the ethics of animal slaughter to bring your attention to our colleague, photographer Jeremy Harlan's rant on why he's no fan of the Topsy Turvy tomato planter. (We're still on the fence.)

READ: Topsy Turvy can kiss my asparagus

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