5@5 - Chef Rob Weland
October 4th, 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 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
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October 4th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
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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.

People like Hantz Farms President Mike Score, who is trying to create the world's largest urban farm, and Fair Food Network's Oran Hesterman are working to fix that.

Poppy Harlow of CNNMoney has the FULL STORY.



Blogger Spotlight: Coconut & Lime
October 4th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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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.

Who: Rachel Rappaport, of Coconut & Lime
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Twitter: @coconutlime
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Lunchtime poll – restaurant flaws
October 4th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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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:



Box lunch
October 4th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Fifty-one great American burger joints, from Alabama to Wyoming - plus the District of Columbia. - USA Today



  • A new study shows it's more costly to be obese when you're a woman.– The GW Hatchet



  • Chefs agree: gardens are the next restaurant trend. - NPR
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October 4th, 2010
11:15 AM ET
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"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.

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Breakfast buffet
October 4th, 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.

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?
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October 4th, 2010
07:30 AM ET
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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

  • 5@5 – CNNMoney.com anchor Poppy Harlow
  • 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.

  • 5@5 – TV host Jane Velez-Mitchell
  • 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.
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    12:15 AM ET
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