July 23rd, 2010
06:00 PM ET
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On our lunchtime poll about saying grace before meals:

"What if i'm an atheist?" - spins

"spins: You could thank the manufacturer of said food, the shipping company, the store that carried the product, and if appropriate, the chef and waitress." - AKchic

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5@5 - Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio
July 23rd, 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.

After we learned that y'all won't turn down an adult beverage, we had sommelier Belinda Chang drop by 5@5 to teach us how to bring the sexy back to an inexpensive bottle of vino.

Then we asked: How much do you generally spend on a bottle of wine for a romantic, home-cooked dinner? To which the majority of voters said 15 to 18 dollars.

But since it's Friday, and well, we just don't feel like cooking - Piero Selvaggio of Valentino Restaurant Group offers up a few navigation tips for that sometimes terrifying restaurant wine list. No GPS required.

Oh - and might we mention that since Selvaggio opened up his first restaurant, Valentino, in 1972, he's been awarded the Wine Spectator Grand Award and inducted into the James Beard Foundation "Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America," among others industry accolades?

5 Tips on Ordering Wine at a Restaurant: Piero Selvaggio
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Flying the coop? Check in with a chicken sitter
July 23rd, 2010
04:30 PM ET
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You've heard of cat-sitters, dog-sitters and, of course, babysitters. But chicken-sitters?

In Portland, Ore., a city known for its deep do-it-yourself streak and poultry-permissive laws, two backyard farmers have stepped up to meet an unusual need: watching hens when their owners go on vacation.

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Tales of the Cocktail: Green monkeys and strolling vegetables
July 23rd, 2010
04:15 PM ET
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Sam Meyer is an editor at CNN and blogs about cocktails at cocktailians.com.

I have seen strange and wondrous things. I have seen a hairless cat with a rhinestone-bedecked velveteen collar advertising Slovakian vodka. I have seen green monkeys (more about that later.) I have seen grown men dressed as tomatoes and celery, beckoning passersby to a Bloody Mary bar.

I am in New Orleans at Tales of the Cocktail, the biggest cocktail convention in the country.

The home of jazz and gumbo is also one of the homes of the cocktail - the city's official cocktail is the Sazerac, properly made with hometown Peychaud's Bitters - and the city boasts the Museum of the American Cocktail and several top-notch watering holes, to say nothing of NoLa-associated drinks such as the Ramos Gin Fizz and Brandy Milk Punch.
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July 23rd, 2010
02:15 PM ET
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In the spirit of the "Panda and Popsicle" interlude, Eatocracy proudly presents: "Animals Eating Icy Treats!" The cuteness will punch you in the face of your heart. Now go grab a chilly beverage of your own.

Read - Hundreds of thousands without power brace for more blistering heat

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July 23rd, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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Drink like Don Draper! Sip like Sal Romano! Get punchy like Pete and Peggy!

Eater New York maps a definitive Mad Men drinking map in advance of Sunday's season premiere. Gridskipper helms the restaurant round-up.

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Lobster ban put on ice
July 23rd, 2010
01:45 PM ET
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A proposed ban on lobstering has been put on ice, at least for the next few months.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission had proposed a five-year moratorium on lobster harvesting along the Atlantic Coast between Cape Cod, Mass. and North Carolina, but on Thursday tabled the ban until fall.

The commission is considering a ban to allow the declining lobster population to recover.

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July 23rd, 2010
01:15 PM ET
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Warning - put your own lunch down and finish swallowing before pressing play, because there's a good chance you'll start choking from the chuckles. In the 1916 film 'Behind the Screen,' Chaplin sits down with fellow stagehands for a noonday meal and ends up with, among other things, a face fulla onion and some cleverly thieved meat.

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July 23rd, 2010
01:00 PM ET
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