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.
While we all did the best we could to sneak out to taco trucks and nab a few bites of barbecue or a sip of michelada, and experience Austin's food culture, stories don't write and film themselves. As the CNN Grill upstairs was thronged with musicians, TV and film celebrities, tech stars, iReporters, local chefs and nifty people we happened to meet throughout Austin, several dozen journalists, producers, a TV crew, CNN executives and our PR and marketing teams set up a temporary bureau in the basement of the building so we could report on the goings-on at SXSW.
News never stops happening and you never quite know when you might get a chance to step out for a bite or if local stores and restaurants will be open, so there are always nibbles on hand. No bones about it - they're weird sometimes. Random snacks show up: a jar of quince paste, a block of cheddar, nastily sour "limon" flavored potato chips, Cheez-It Gripz Mighty Tiny Baked Snack Crackers, every permutation of Corn Nuts under the sun and yes, bananas. Lots and lots and lots and lots of bananas, which were a dandy, healthy-ish idea on the first day and incrementally less appealing appealing as the week wore on.
The team began to muse - should they take them upstairs to the kitchen to attempt banana bread, send 'em through a dunk in the deep-fryer, or pass them out to unsigned band members who looked like they could use a snack? Team Eatocracy pulled up stakes for New York before the bananas actually became sentient and began to align forces against us, and we're keeping close tabs on the well-being of our colleagues still camped out underground. At least we know their potassium levels are A-OK.
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Coming soon – how reporters get fed while there's a war or natural disaster on.