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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Box lunch
September 23rd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Lady Gaga's meat dress is being made into beef jerky.  - People

  • Cook County Jail inmates now sell their produce to high-end restaurants. If you can't do the thyme... - Chicago Tribune

  • During National Happy Hour next week, this Bud's for you. Annnnnd, it's free. - STL Today

  • Introducing "Gourmet Live," the digital reincarnation of the dearly departed print magazine. - Eater
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Why is 'food security' sparking unrest?
September 23rd, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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Hong Kong, China (CNN) - While nations debate what to do about long-term problems such as climate change and dwindling water supplies, two words send immediate shivers down the spines of government officials across the world: Food security.

A series of environmental disasters fueling a wave of food price volatility has given governments, "a much needed wakeup call," said Abdolreza Abbassian, an economist for the United Nation's Security of Intergovernmental Group on Grains.

The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization will be holding a special meeting to discuss the issue and the recent volatility in Rome on September 24.

The meeting was called after Russia decided to ban wheat exports after a punishing drought wiped out 25 percent of its crop. Moscow's decision pushed food prices up about 5 percent worldwide. Bread prices surged in some countries and triggered the deadly riots in Mozambique.

Massive floods in Pakistan also caused huge losses to the country's crops, adding to the uncertainty in the markets.

"The pace in which prices went up, nobody predicted markets could turn so fast," said Abbassian. "It's been two months and we're still struggling with it."

CNN Business has the FULL STORY

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Breakfast buffet
September 23rd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

How sweet it is: September 23 is White Chocolate Day.

If we're going to get all Merriam-Webster on you, white chocolate is not technically chocolate. White chocolate may bear strong resemblance to its chocolate brown counterparts in its creamy disposition, except that it doesn't contain chocolate liquor (an unsweetened paste that is made by grinding the cacao nibs) or cocoa powder.

We're in the school of thought that such rules of identity are more like guidelines anyhow, and will continue to cram white chocolate into our gills until we start hallucinating Oompa-Loompas.

What' on TV?

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September 23rd, 2010
01:00 AM ET
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