SXSW: Quote of the day
March 14th, 2011
10:00 PM ET
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"Ok, kids, listen up. A TACO is the same as a sandwich. A sandwich is ANY bread with your choice of fillings. A TACO, is a tortilla, CORN or FLOUR, with your choice of filling. Got it? Good! Now go and be confused no more." - Tu Mama Mexicana

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SXSW: Paul Liebrandt wants a taco
March 14th, 2011
04:46 PM ET
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What does a Michelin-starred chef who's spoken of in such terms as "[might be] the best chef in New York" and "one of the most controversial cooks in town" eat when he's away from his kitchen?

Last night, Paul Liebrandt, subject of director Sally Rowe's new documentary "A Matter of Taste" stepped away from the SXSW fray to chow at Lockhart, Texas stalwart Black's Barbecue. While Liebrandt is known for his artful, on-the-edge cuisine at his New York City restaurant Corton, today, he's not in pursuit of the hautest bites in town. He's hungry for one thing: a really good taco.

Chef, your table is ready. It just might be in a parking lot. In the comments below, help us guide Chef Liebrandt to the very best trucks, trailers and taquerias in town.

Stayed tuned for more from Paul Liebrandt and director Sally Rowe and head to What's Next for full coverage from SXSW.

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March 14th, 2011
02:50 PM ET
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Eatocracy’s got boots on the ground at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, and we’re prepping for the third edition of our Secret Supper. While we're down here, we're immersing ourselves in the local tastes that not only “keep Austin weird” but also make it uniquely delicious.

Here’s what’s on the menu.

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March 14th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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AUSTIN (CNNMoney) - A crowded, sprawling event is the perfect place to peddle an app that lets you cut through noise and find exactly the right thing at the right time. Enter Foodspotting.

It's built around the idea of discovery. After a trip to Japan, Foodspotting founder and CEO Alexa Andrzejewski returned to San Francisco craving some of the cuisine she'd discovered on the road.

"There was no way to search for a specific dish," she said. "I couldn't get out of my head the idea that it'd be awesome to turn on my phone and discover good food."

Foodspotting became one of the buzzy startups that emerged from the fray at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2010. A year later, the app now has more than 700,000 iPhone users.

Read the rest of "Hit iPhone app finds the foods you crave" on CNN Money

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March 14th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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In the wake of recent tsunami devastation, survivors in many parts of Japan are left struggling for bare necessities - including food.

iReporter trunaway shared pictures of open, but decimated markets in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture under the assignment Earthquake in Japan spurs tsunami.

Rationing has been imposed in some areas, but trunaway tells iReport that she was able to get supplies after standing in line for two hours after the quake hit. In addition to the 10 lbs of rice, and bottled water, she bought baby wipes in case she couldn't shower, and butane with which to cook.

"I hope for replenishment sooner then later," she says.

Read more on iReport at Earthquake in Japan spurs tsunami

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Breakfast buffet
March 14th, 2011
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.

Pass the bag! March 14 is National Potato Chip Day.

Eating potato chips is a ritual: from the second we peel open the bag to the first satisfying crunch to the salty remains left on our fingers, it’s an experience unmatched by any other snack food.

Care to make your own? Follow Serious Eats’ instructions for a seriously crunchy treat.

As it turns out, you are all that and a bag of potato chips.

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Coffee klatsch
March 14th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.

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