Fame Bites - Parvesh Cheena
February 10th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

With episode names like “Jolly Vindaloo Day” and “A Sitar is Born,” the workplace comedy "Outsourced" is spicing up NBC's Thursday night line-up with a little Indian food and culture at 10:30 p.m. ET.

"Outsourced" is based around an Indian call center in Mumbai for Mid American Novelties, a catalog-based company that sells really practical items like wallets made of bacon and "Ring for Beer" bells.

Parvesh Cheena plays Gupta, the call center’s good-natured yet socially irksome employee - it's safe to say he's the guy you scurry away from when you see him approaching the water cooler.

We recently had the chance to chat with Cheena about his native Chicago's deep-dish pizza (Fact: He checks frozen ones in his luggage), Indian food, and why we agree that Paula Deen might need a seven-step program for butter.
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Box lunch
February 10th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.


  • When it comes to food writing, what makes you different, makes it delicious. - A Life of Spice


  • B. R. Myers thinks "foodie" is just another word for glutton. And no foodie is left behind - Anthony Bourdain, Kim Severson, Jeffrey Steingarten - in his attack. The Atlantic



  • You can eat your cow, and wear it too. - Daily Mail
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February 10th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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In Hong Kong, where factory space is stacked in skyscrapers, the 15th floor of an industrial block houses vast tanks in which thousands of rare fish swim under the eerie, purple glow of UV lights.

Normally found thousands of miles away on the reefs of the tropics, the coral grouper are being bred on land in one of the world's most densely populated metropolises to feed a local population that consumes 3.6 times the global average in seafood.

Sold live, fish like leopard coral grouper are highly valued in China, where ostentatious dining calls for expensive and attractive centerpieces for celebratory or business banquets - last week during the Lunar new Year a single fish could cost around $130.

But even the tons of fish swimming in the tanks of OceanEthix incongruous high rise facility can't sate a growing market for live reef fish in Hong Kong and mainland China that is worth around $1 billion each year.

Read Small fish, big business: Asia's billion dollar live reef fish trade

Previously – Growing shrimp in the desert and The shrimp are coming from inside the house

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Hello, my name is Chiggy
February 10th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
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Chiggy Cybil Wallace is our boss! She oversees CNN Living and Travel. Holy heck, does that lady love bacon.

Today Starbucks decided that my name is now “Chiggy.”

Yep. It was news to me as well.

I know that lots of people have "Starbucks names." And even yesterday a coworker I was standing in line with seemed surprised that I was giving Starbucks my real name. I’ve thought about it. But I always pay with my debit card and fear getting caught fibbing to my barista.
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