August 25th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
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iReporter Randy Barnes visited Atlanta's now-closed Varsity Jr. He’s eaten a hot dog at the spot hundreds of times and his favorite items were the onion rings and Frosted Orange shake.

Says Barnes, "The Varsity Jr. served fewer hot dogs that its big brother downtown, but 45 years of service has made it an institution in the north Atlanta neighborhood. The Varsity's website claims that the building was just too old and tired to continue and the powers-that-be just couldnt get together with a new building plan. So, just like that, the last local 60's Drive-In has gone dark.

See his video at iReport

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Schmear campaign
August 25th, 2010
06:45 PM ET
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Any way you slice your bagel, if you slice it in New York, it's going to cost you more.

New York State tax officials are enforcing a sales tax for sliced or prepared bagels (with cream cheese or other toppings), along with whole bagels eaten in the store, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

CNN Money has the FULL STORY

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5@5 - Nutritionist, author and TV host Ellie Krieger
August 25th, 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.

Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian, New York Times bestselling author and host of Food Network's “Healthy Appetite." Her second book, "The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life," won both a James Beard Foundation Award and the International Association of Culinary Professionals cookbook award.

Touting that a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be all celery stalks and carrot sticks, she's here to divulge how she takes the guilt out of her favorite guilty pleasures – one fry at a time. 

Five Favorite Indulgences and How I Make Them Healthier: Ellie Krieger
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Think your prom was rotten?
August 25th, 2010
04:30 PM ET
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Editor's note: We are seriously considering changing the name of this blog to Eggtocracy for the time being.

As public health officials across the country look into the salmonella outbreak that began in the spring, the state of California believes it has identified its earliest cases - and says its investigation may have tipped off the rest of the country about the looming problem.

More than 30 students attending a prom and graduation party on May 8 and 9 in Santa Clara County became sick and some of them were hospitalized, Michael Sicilia, a spokesman for the California Department of Health, said Tuesday. Because the sick people were all part of a specific group, investigators immediately suspected it was a cluster.

The Santa Clara County Health Department interviewed party-goers about what they had eaten and found a common link –a delicate custard-filled pastry called profiteroles, that was served at both the prom and the party. Tests on the victims determined the culprit was salmonella, Sicilia said.

CNN Health has the FULL STORY

See all egg recall information on Eatocracy and full coverage on CNN Health

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August 25th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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Blogger Spotlight: Let There Be Bite
August 25th, 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: Jane Bills, of Let There Be Bite
Where: San Diego, California
Twitter: @LetThereBeBite
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Lunchtime poll – how do you take your eggs?
August 25th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Remember back to those halcyon days of oh, say, last week? Back when eating a couple of sunny side up eggs didn't seem like a life gamble on par with a Vegas weekend with Charlie Sheen? How did you order or cook 'em back then?

See all egg recall information on Eatocracy and full coverage on CNN Health

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Box lunch
August 25th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Food stylists are making a mess of the cookie cutter styling of yesteryear. - Wall Street Journal


  • School officials are having a cow over chocolate milk in cafeterias. - New York Times


  • Channel your inner Italian grandmother and learn to cook Bolognese sauce. - The Awl


  • Open wide for the airplane spoon of puréed salmon! Goo goo ga gag? - TIME
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Time to unscramble food safety system
August 25th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
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Editor's note: Caroline Smith DeWaal is the director of food safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Ten years ago, President Bill Clinton pledged to eliminate the hazard of salmonella in eggs by 2010. But in 2010, instead of having eliminated the problem, the U.S. is experiencing an outbreak affecting thousands of people and the recall of half a billion eggs.

How can it be that an issue so important as to merit the president's attention can stop dead in its tracks? It is a tale of two agencies and congressional inaction.

Most people would probably think it absurd that one Cabinet agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, regulates chickens, while another, the Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration, regulates chickens' eggs.

In a perfect world, we'd have all of the government's food safety functions nestled into one strong agency. But until then, the least we can do is give the Food and Drug Administration the resources and authority it needs to inspect the farms and factories that produce Americans' peanut butter, spinach, eggs and other foods it regulates.

CNN Opinion has the FULL STORY

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