March 17th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
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Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe.

Hey, journalism students and folks who assume food writers have Perrier-Jouet's 2000 Belle Epoque Champagne and Beluga borne about on silver platters by butlers several steps behind - that's a bunch of bananas. Well, actually a LOT of bunches of bananas.

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Five questions to ask your sommelier
March 17th, 2011
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.

If you're ever out to eat with the Eatocracy editors (and seriously, we wish all of you were),  you'll probably notice we're not afraid to ask questions. We fancy ourselves pretty knowledgeable when it comes to food, but we certainly don't know everything. If you meet somebody who claims such - give them a gold star for us.

In terms of wine, two of our favorite questions are: "What grape needs some loving?" and "which one tastes most like a barnyard?" ... OK, so we like our wine a little funky, but the point is this: Sommeliers like Joe Campanale are not only there to help you, they want to help you.

Campanale is the co-owner and beverage director of dell'anima, L'Artusi and Anfora restaurants in New York City - he is also Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Five Questions You Should Not Be Afraid to Ask Your Sommelier: Joe Campanale

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Box lunch
March 17th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Pepsi fizzles out as the second most popular soda. Diet Coke takes its place. - Wall Street Journal

  • A peek behind Oz's curtain at Patrick Roger Chocolate, along with a lesson in describing things as "good" in French. - David Lebovitz

  • Peet's might be added to the Starbucks cup of morning Joe. - Reuters

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Culinary courtship: how to pinpoint a Sloppy Joe
March 17th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Spring is the season for new beginnings and budding romances. There are couples canoodling as they dine alfresco outside restaurants everywhere. You can practically smell the sizzling steaks as you stroll down the street. And you can't walk in the park without stumbling on a romantic picnic.

Spring is all about dining in the great outdoors. It's about love and it's about barbecue sauce.

As someone who has dated any number of men who make Al Bundy look like Mario Batali, I should know. My dyspeptic dating disasters inspired me to conduct a study of the male species via their stomachs. I interviewed more than 200 men and women about the connection between a man's wining and dining style and his mating style. I discovered you can divine a man's essence from his culinary style.

Read the rest of "Pick a man by his winning culinary style" on CNN Living.

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