Top Chef Master tweets Obama's Chicago dinner
October 31st, 2010
02:00 AM ET
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Top Chef Masters-winning Rick Bayless took to Twitter tonight to share images of President Obama's visit to his old stomping grounds - Bayless' Topolobampo and Frontera Grill. Before the First Couple moved to Washington D.C., they were regular patrons of the chef's adjoining Chicago restaurants, which specialize in Mexican cuisine.

For the record, Chef Bayless waited to tweet and post pictures until after the President left the premises.

Obama at Topolobampo

Follow Rick Bayless on Twitter and see all the photos on Mobypictures.com

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5@5 - Chef Suvir Saran
October 29th, 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.

The United States is often described as a "melting pot" because of our multicultural society - and the American melting pot extends to the kitchen too.

Tex-Mex, Pan-Asian, Cajun, Italian-American. Worlds collide at the table - just ask Suvir Saran.

New Delhi-born Saran is the executive chef of Dévi restaurant in New York City, where his authentic Indian flavors earned one Michelin star in 2007 and 2008, as well as two stars from The New York Times and three stars from New York Magazine.

He is also the author of Indian Home Cooking: A Fresh Introduction to Indian Food, with More Than 150 Recipes and American Masala: 125 New Classics From My Home Kitchen. Not embarking into a professional culinary career until he arrived in the United States, Saran's latter book focuses on combining the best of both Indian and American cooking. His fried chicken is spiced with garam masala, his coleslaw has a hint of toasted cumin and his meatloaf is tamarind-glazed. It's classic American fare, with a twist.

Five American Classics to Add an Indian Twist To: Suvir Saran
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The Angry Chef serves up a second helping
October 29th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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Watch out! Hot behind you!

A few weeks ago, after the Eatocracy Editors discovered and subsequently guffawed over his “Angry Chef” Twitter feed, we courted Atlanta chef Ron Eyester into the magical land of 5@5 to share five six things a customer does to tick off a chef.

1,580 comments later, we knew the pot was a-stirring.

After reading every single comment, receiving a few hate e-mails (and one hate call) and numerous "huzzahs!" from industry folks, Eyester noticed that many of our readers' comments shared some very distinct themes - and we invited him back to serve up a response.

Ladies and gentleman, please welcome Chef Eyester back to the dance floor.
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A sweet hierarchy for trick-or-treaters
October 29th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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With a little advance planning, trick-or-treaters can score king-sized Kit Kats - and avoid boxes of raisins - in their candy buckets.

Real estate website Zillow.com ranked the 20 best cities to trick-or-treat in this Halloween - and then picked the best neighborhoods in each of those towns. (See the full list here.)

Seattle secured the top spot for treats the second year in a row, according to the site's Trick-or-Treat Housing Index. (If you live there, hit the Wallingford and Queen Anne nabes.)

CNNMoney has the FULL STORY



Lunchtime poll - Halloween candy
October 29th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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According to the National Confectioner's Association, the leading trade group for the entire confection industry, 52 percent of Americans reported handing out chocolate last year on All Hallows Eve. Thirty percent said hard candy or lollipops, 19 percent said chewy or gummi candy, 16 percent said chewing or bubble gum, and 14 percent said caramel.

So we want to know:

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Box lunch
October 29th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • How to protect your donut. It's a lot more innocent than it sounds. - Gizmodo


  • A Brazilian McDonald's must pay a franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds during his 12-year tenure.– USA Today


  • Celebrity chefs in zombie form. Welcome to Hell's Kitchen.  - Denver Westword



  • Has a trick-or-treater ever actually been given an arsenic-laced or razor blade-studded candy? - The Atlantic
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Quiz – Halloween Treats
October 29th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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Think you know your candy corn colors? Have you licked the mystery of the strangest Dum Dum flavor? Got a penchant for circus peanuts?

Our Halloween candy quiz may drive you a bit batty - or there might be sweet, sweet victory for ahead if you don't give up the ghost.

Take the quiz HERE

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In Mumbai, rooftop gardens take root
October 28th, 2010
05:15 PM ET
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Travel by train on the Western line and you'll see them: rows of lettuce and other greens grown on the edge of the railway track using fertilizer of dubious provenance.

Despite Mumbai being an over-populated concrete jungle, there are still many humble corners where people grow food. Your balcony could be the next such space.

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider becoming a city-dwelling green thumb.

Growing crops makes your terrace or balcony greener, it provides a fresh supply of organic food, it reduces the environmental impact of food transportation and it makes you that extra bit more independent from your local market and food inflation. It also cools down your flat and increases oxygen content - a welcomed perk for those living in this hot, polluted city.

CNNGo has the FULL STORY

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5@5 - Chef Michael Schwartz
October 28th, 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.

Yoo-hoo! We're down here! HEY! Look at us! … Stop gawking at those short ribs already, won't you?!

Ahem, while we have your attention, allow us to introduce the man next to the meat - Michael Schwartz. He’s the chef and owner behind Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, Florida. Since opening in 2007, the restaurant has been lauded by former New York Times’ dining critic Frank Bruni, as well as Gourmet (R.I.P.), Bon Appétit and Esquire magazines - just to name a few. Schwartz most recently earned the title of “Best Chef: South” by the James Beard Foundation earlier this year.

Such acclaim stems from Schwartz's use of the freshest produce, some not so familiar, straight from the southern Sunshine State. Time for an unfamiliar taste of Miami's vice.

Five Unlikely Things Grown in Miami and the Best Ways to Eat Them: Michael Schwartz
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