Salmonella outbreak may have ties to Taco Bell
August 6th, 2010
06:30 PM ET
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We were all set to scribble up a defense* of Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos in light of SF Weekly and Fresno Beehive's gleeful dismissal, but then the Center For Disease Control came out with this:

CDC is collaborating with public health officials in multiple states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) to investigate two multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections, each involving a different Salmonella serotype: Hartford and Baildon. Both of these Salmonella serotypes are rare, and ill persons in both outbreaks have a similar age and geographic distribution. Investigators are using DNA analysis of Salmonella bacteria obtained through diagnostic testing to identify cases of illness that may be part of these outbreaks.

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5@5 - Chef Marc Forgione
August 6th, 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.

Marc Forgione is a chef to the core.  As the son of cooking legend Larry Forgione, he practically grew up in the kitchen.

Now, Marc is making his own way with a self-titled restaurant in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City - which was recently awarded one star by the Michelin Guide in 2010. (And not to stir the pot, you may also recognize his name from a recent dust-up with New York Times financial writer, Ron Lieber.)

Kerfuffles aside, and with the Eatocracy editors being all starstruck lately, it seems like the perfect time for a good old-fashioned game of "guess who's coming to dinner?"

5 People Dead or Alive I Want to Cook For: Marc Forgione
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Beer 101: American wheat ale
August 6th, 2010
04:30 PM ET
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Topher Kohan loves two things: Search Engine Optimization and beer. The former, he heads up for CNN.com. The latter, he tests out at fests, breweries and bars – as well as his own home, where he brews up and bottles his own. Let’s have a drink with the man.

American wheat ale, or American light wheat as it’s also known, is perfect for the hot summer months

This all-American version of a German-style hefeweizen originating in the Pacific Northwest ranges from pale to golden in color and can be quite hazy if not filtered. It has a long-lasting head with a crisp and refreshing taste, and somewhere between a light to medium body.

Unlike their German weizen counterparts, you will not find the telltale flavors and aromas of banana and clove because they are fermented with normal ale yeast. Still, there might still be some fruitiness in the aftertaste coming from ale fermentation.
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For science: Coffee and salt
August 6th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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The things we do for our readers. In response to our post on office coffee tweaks, commenter Audrey asked, "Okay so tell me if this is odd. One of my coworkers puts salt in her coffee. She will put like 5 or 6 of those small packets of salt in a small cup of very strong black coffee and nothing else. She says it cuts the bitterness out.

I've never seen anybody do that before and I think its just disgusting and very odd but maybe I'm wrong..maybe more people do it and I'm just not aware of it."

KDirty responded, "It's not that odd, honestly. I don't know about putting it directly in the coffee, but I generally add a pinch of salt to my coffee grounds while brewing–it DEFINITELY cuts some bitterness out of the coffee. Try it!"

We did.
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Defending Aspen's honor
August 6th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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Eric Kuhn is CNN's Audience Interaction Producer and man, does he love to hit the slopes in Aspen, then fuel up with some righteous grub.

The jet-setter crowd has been stirring this past week over an article in The Atlantic by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, who declares that there are no good restaurants in Aspen, Colorado. His thesis is supported by visits to three restaurants whose names are worth dropping – Syzygy, Montagna and Piñons – but are not necessarily the go-to spots in town for those who are regulars - and certainly not if you are a local.

I just came back from the Aspen Ideas Festival and I certainly beg to differ.
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Blogger Spotlight: Tasty Trix
August 6th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every so often, 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: Tracey “Trix” Middlekauff, of Tasty Trix
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Twitter: @TastyTrix
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Lunchtime poll – splitting the check
August 6th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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As far as our friends were concerned, M. was never invited to dinner again. Years ago when a group of eight to twelve of us would get together for dinner before seeing our favorite bands play (we'd all met through a mutual love of music), the check would come and everyone would toss in cash covering what they'd eaten. That worked out just fine - except when M. came along. Strangely, everyone would end up having to fish out a few more singles.

Until someone figured out what was going on. M. would pay for what he ate - to the penny, but never toss in tax and tip, likely figuring it would get lost in the shuffle. No one was especially close with him, or bold enough, to broach the issue, so the group would just keep mum about the pre-show plans and meet him at the gig.

Big group check divvying is never pretty. What's the most graceful solution?

And don'tcha get irked with picky restaurant eaters?

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Box lunch
August 6th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Tipsy travelers on the loose! To raise money, airports are making liquor more accessible.– Wall Street Journal


  • In the midst of the taco truck frenzy, Taco Bell introduces their new line of "street tacos." - San Francisco Chronicle



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August 6th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
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