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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