December 20th, 2010
07:45 PM ET
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Our pal Chef Bryan Caswell, evangelist for Houston, friend of Waffle House, and recent Next Iron Chef contestant is a die-hard son of the Gulf and he'll do what it takes to get it cleaned up - even at the expense of his dignity.

p.s. That's him in the role of "John," rockin' the Nancy Sinatra white galoshes official White Boot Brigade-style shrimping kicks.

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Comment of the day - an oldie but goodie
December 20th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
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Sometimes? Our commenters remind of something really freaking awesome that we forgot about.

Like today, when commenter "I Heart FLAMENONS!!" popped up on the 5@5 about Vegas dining, our editors nearly fell out of their chairs with glee.

For you new kids on the Eatocracy block, let's hop in the DeLorean and gun it back to September 27. On our "Last orders - death row menu requests," we asked: What would you want on your last dinner plate?

Commenter SteakAllTheWay responded:

"Man, if i could have my way my last meal would be two flamenons with garlic mashed potatoes..."

Thus, an Interwebs sensation was born. Let's just say, we shall never order plain ol' filet mignon ever again.

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5@5 - Las Vegas edition
December 20th, 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.

It only seems fitting that the Las Vegas dining revolution happened in a bet against long odds.

In 1992, when the desert city was predominantly ridden with 99-cent seafood buffets and medieval-themed restaurants, Wolfgang Puck took a chance and opened Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

It hit jackpot - enkindling a fine dining revolution in Sin City that is still on a roll.

Since then, the likes of culinary superstars like Mario Batali, Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse and Thomas Keller have packed their bags (and knives) and joined the ranks of Puck in Glitter Gulch.

And when the reported $3.9 billion Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort opened last week, 13 more restaurants were added to the entertainment capital's gourmet roster - including eateries from Scott Conant and José Andrés.

We recently caught up with five of the Cosmopolitan's chefs and restaurateurs to find out how the new wave of locals eat.

Five Quintessential Vegas Dining Experiences

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Food safety bill, thought dead, passes unanimously
December 20th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
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Rumors of the Food Safety Modernization Act's demise proved premature. The Senate passed the Food Safety Bill, as amended by Senator Jon Tester, yesterday afternoon by unanimous consent.

The bill, designed to increase government inspections of the food supply in the wake of recent deadly foodborne disease outbreaks, originally passed with wide support in both chambers. However, it faced an uncertain future, requiring re-approval because it violated a Constitutional requirement that bills that raise revenue initiate in the House. On Friday, Senate leadership aides on both sides of the aisle said Republicans objected to giving it quick approval in the waning days of the congressional session.

The Senate voted on the slightly modified bill on Sunday and S.510 is now expected to receive a final vote in the House before the President signs it into law.


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