CNN and Foursquare join forces to promote healthy eating
September 23rd, 2010
11:45 PM ET
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Editor’s Note: What we choose to eat, where we buy our food and how much we spend on it says a lot more about who we are than you might think. Beginning Sunday, September 26, 2010, CNN Newsroom will launch a week-long series dedicated to healthy eating called, “Eatocracy: Mind, Body and Wallet.”

Onions, peppers and pears, oh my!

Let’s face it, eating healthy is not always fun. CNN has joined forces with the location-based social network Foursquare to change that.

Starting on Sunday, follow CNN at and check in at a local farmers market to unlock the special CNN “Healthy Eater” badge.

Eating healthy, local, farm-fresh foods should be fun and rewarding. In addition to being thanked by your body, show the CNN “Healthy Eater” badge to participating farmers markets and the vendor may choose to give you a discount or gift with your purchase.

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5@5 – Chefs Brian Ray and Yang Huang
September 23rd, 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.

Buddakan has been booming ever since it appeared on the New York City restaurant scene in 2006.

Not only did Buddakan rank as one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants - it sealed its place in the cinema firmament with the opulent dining room's appearance in the first 'Sex and the City' film. Overseeing the kitchen and the restaurant's contemporary Asian menu is not one, but two executive chefs: Brian Ray and Yang Huang.

Today, with get another five.

Top Five Ten Asian Ingredients Every Cook Should Have: Brian Ray and Yang Huang

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September 23rd, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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"They simply want to feed America, be part of the food chain that helps the starving in Haiti, that helps to serve those suffering in Pakistan. These farmers are part of the international food chain. Why on God's name can no one discover a simple reason of fairness to provide them with resources?" - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

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Lunchtime poll - skinny chefs
September 23rd, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Yesterday, the Earl o’ Sandwich Sisha Ortúzar stopped by 5@5 to offer his tips on building a better sandwich.

While the majority of our commenters enthusiastically offered up their own favorite variations, we were surprised when more than one of our commenters wagged their fingers at his svelte physique.

"Not bad tips, but I'm going to dismiss them out of hand. Why? Did you see his picture? Never EVER trust anything a skinny chef tells you or serves you. Why aren't they eating their own food?" - Grant

"Absolutely! A skinny 'chef' is not a true chef!" - James Beard (not the real one)

The whole thing got us to thinking about that old adage, "never trust a skinny chef" - is it something people actually hold to be true?

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