Lunchtime poll – fast food frequency
August 5th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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When Saveur Magazine's editor-in-chief and Top Chef Masters judge James Oseland 'fessed up to his fondness for McDonald's Filet-O-Fish in yesterday's 5@5 post, readers came out of the woodwork to wax rhapsodic about their obsessions with that very fishwich, Taco Bell's chalupas, tacos and nachos, Papa John's pizza and plenty of other fast food staples.

For many folks, chain take-out is a way of life; a necessity or a simple pleasure. For others, in light of 'factory farm-to-processing plant-to-the nation's highways-to-freezers-to-local fast food franchise' polemics like Eric Schlosser's 'Fast Food Nation,' Michael Pollan's 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' and last year's eco-It documentary 'Food Inc.', coming out in favor of a McDonald's menu item is an act of culinary, ecological and moral treason.

Where do you stand? We'd love to know why as much as how often, so super-size your stance in the comments below and we may include it in an upcoming post.

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Box lunch
August 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • A godfather's most precious gift? The bundt cake recipe that won a red ribbon from the county fair. - Salon

  • Condé Nast is turning its magazine titles into restaurants. We'll take a table for two at the Vanity Fair Café. - Wall Street Journal

  • With council members like Ferran Adriá and Heston Blumenthal, the Basque Culinary Center might just rock the cooking world. - TIME

  • More Illinois families are receiving food stamps than ever before. - Bloomberg

  • High fructose corn syrup keeps getting smacked around. - Francis Lam
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August 5th, 2010
11:15 AM ET
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We reported earlier that former hot dog eating champion, Takeru Kobyashi, was scheduled to appear in a New York courtroom this morning after causing a scene at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Now, it seems he's out of hot water so long as he doesn't bark up the wrong tree.

From the CNN Wire staff:

Hot dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi was sentenced to six months' probation Thursday in New York. The charges against him - resisting arrest, trespassing, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct - will be dismissed if he successfully completes it.

Well, hot dog! Read the FULL STORY

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August 5th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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Today's video interlude: snacks on a train. Amtrak is here to whisk these wieners away, courtesy of our friends at WISN

Make all your most devilish dog puns HERE

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