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.


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.

See all SXSW coverage on What's Next

Coming soon – how reporters get fed while there's a war or natural disaster on.

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  1. Justin Bieber

    I love the sausage.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  2. McJingles

    Oh my, you poor things! This looks awful and here I imagined you all wining and dining about and not working away in a basement somewhere... Glad you are home safe and sound, get some sleep this weekend!

    March 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Aw, thanks! I hear that all the time – people think we're out eating caviar and truffles every night. We get most of our lunches at the CNN cafeteria & this week was Corn Nuts in the corner of a basement. We do have nice meals, but they're usually not work-related.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      And let it be noted – we love what we get to do for a living, nonetheless.

      March 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  3. RichardHead

    I don't see any of Sarah's cereal! Is she on the wagon?

    March 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Poor girl had to go cereal-less for days! I do believe she was getting the shakes.

      March 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
      • Sarah LeTrent

        It's true! I think I was rocking back and forth in the corner at one point until Kat heroically whisked me away for an obligatory taco run.

        March 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  4. fob

    Those bananas look terrible!

    March 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
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