August 3rd, 2010
08:00 PM ET
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"Oh boy... Listen people, nobody NEEDS alcohol to have fun. But honestly, why start a fire by rubbing sticks together when they've invented matches?" - JayM

"I got married last month, and I suggest you do the free beer and wine. If you are pissed that you had to pay for a cocktail or a shot then that's your problem. Plus, doing the electric slide with a rum and Coke instead of a beer is just Un-American." –Scott

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August 3rd, 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.

Soft spot for satire? Weakness for the wacky? Chances are you've logged onto the cultishly followed Web site, Since 1999, Fark and its founder Drew Curtis have aggregated the funny, ironically notable and downright bizarre news (and "not-news") of the day.

Conveniently enough for us, when Curtis isn't, well, "Fark"-ing, he's taken to honing his culinary skills in the kitchen.

And so, we now turn the 5@5 dance floor over to Mr. Fark himself for some vital cooking cautionary tales.

5 Things I Learned About Cooking … The Hard Way: Drew Curtis

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Pod people – tweaking office coffee
August 3rd, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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As much I appreciate some righteous bean at home in the morning and after a restaurant meal, I'm pretty cavalier about office coffee. Perhaps it's that I'm so super-glued to my desk that even a stroll to the break room seems positively exotic, but I've never been someone prone to making a 'Bux run part of her workday.

It's more maintenance* than anything, so I've made my peace with pod coffee - Flavia, Senseo, Keurig, whatever's on offer in the automatic hot beverage delivery system - but I've developed a little ritual to sate my inner food fusspot. I make a "Faux-mericano," which entails poking a button to draw a strong, espresso-esque shot of the darkest blend on hand, top with hot tap water (huzzah, how it foams!) and add a dash of half-and-half.

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Lunchtime poll – eating in the car
August 3rd, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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The United States is a car-centric culture, and for many, that frequently entails in-auto dining.

In a 2004 New Yorker article on SUVs and auto safety, writer Malcolm Gladwell interviewed French-born cultural anthropologist, G. Clotaire Rapaille who opined,

"And what was the key element of safety when you were a child? It was that your mother fed you, and there was warm liquid. That's why cupholders are absolutely crucial for safety. If there is a car that has no cupholder, it is not safe. If I can put my coffee there, if I can have my food, if everything is round, if it's soft, and if I'm high, then I feel safe. It's amazing that intelligent, educated women will look at a car and the first thing they will look at is how many cupholders it has."

But mostly, we're just too hungry and swamped to stop and eat a proper meal. Et vous?

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Box lunch
August 3rd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The summer of the popsicle. Macaron mania. Americans love themselves a food fad. - Salon

  • School is cool, but meat school is cooler. - NPR

  • "I'd like my minotaur medium rare." How to eat mythological creatures. - John DeVore

  • Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of the late 'Gourmet' magazine, weighs in on the changing food scene. - San Jose Mercury News

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