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 National Restaurant Association recently announced that one in three chefs the organization surveyed named gardens as the next big restaurant trend. (Sorry, bacon - your time might be up.) If that’s the case, Rob Weland is plowing ahead of the curve.
The executive chef of Poste Moderne Brasserie in Washington D.C. grows approximately 20 percent of what the restaurant uses in the onsite courtyard garden, as well as composts about 40,000 pounds of food a year.
Let’s just say, you won’t find any semi-homemade cooking under Weland’s watch - and he paid a call to 5@5 to encourage you to do the same.
Five Favorite Things to Make from Scratch: Rob Weland
Experts refer to Detroit, Michigan, as a "food desert" - half of the city's population struggles to find ready access to fresh food and supermarkets.
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.
I'm a pretty easygoing customer. Servers are overworked, someone in the kitchen doesn't show up for work, the AC is on the fritz - a whole mess of problems are potentially on the menu, and I'll let it roll right off my back. I'm out to have a good time, and we're all only human, right?
And then every once in a while, I sit down at a restaurant that just doesn't seem to give a darn. It looks like a nice place going in, but the service is indifferent, the food is awful (not to mention overpriced), they're out of the one thing you wanted, the table wobbles, there's a draft - and you get the sense that no one's trying to do anything about it.
In the case of this dreadful brasserie, I'm voting with my wallet and just vow to never return (I'm not a Yelp-er, but if I were, I'd consider airing my grievances online). Let us know in the comments below what you'd do in such a circumstance, and answer us this:
Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.
"You take an Advil and ten, twenty minutes later, you don't have a headache. We seem to forget that food has exactly the same effect," said the actress and author of Mariel's Kitchen.
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.
So it may be nine o'clock on a Monday morning - and if you're hanging around the Eatocracy headquarters' neck of the woods, it may be drizzling and may be only topping out at a breezy 50 degrees.
But today, we're going to practice that little thing called optimism - mostly because October 4 is National Vodka Day. Leave it to the clear spirit to lift our spirits against Mother Nature's most valiant efforts.
The only question is: shaken or stirred?
What's on TV?
Hi there. We're Eatocracy. Snack on these recent stories and get to know us a little better - and catch up on all the stories you have missed from Eatocracy: Mind, Body & Wallet on CNN Newsroom
CNNMoney.com anchor Poppy Harlow swings by 5@5 (Live!) to cheese it up – sharing her favorite fromages that won't whey down your finances.
Jane Velez-Mitchell is the host of "ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell," airing weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. As an outspoken vegan and animal rights advocate, she's here to rebut Chef Tim Love's 5 Reason Not to Be a Vegetarian.