Consensus: BBQ
March 18th, 2011
08:15 PM ET
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We asked. You answered.

Offered the spellings Barbecue, Barbeque, BBQ, Bar-B-Q, Bar-B-Que or Bar-B-Cue, 37.88 percent of over 7,800 poll respondents went short 'n sweet for the low 'n slow meat.

It's "BBQ." Go get you some.

Video courtesy of iReporter Clint Cantwell of Smoke in Da Eye

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Governments take precautions by inspecting Japanese produce
March 18th, 2011
06:30 PM ET
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Governments are taking precautions and conducting thorough inspections of Japanese food, which is popular worldwide and available at high-end stores around Asia, and specialty shops in Europe and the United States.

Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety has conducted radiation tests on at least 34 samples of fresh vegetables, meat and fish from Japan. The center reports all test results were satisfactory.

"As far as radiation is concerned, I think the most at-risk articles are those fresh products, perhaps dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables," Dr. York Chow, Hong Kong's Secretary for Food and Health, said earlier this week.

Read Nuclear crisis sparks worry over safety of Japanese food

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March 18th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
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Chefs with Issues is a platform for chefs we love, fired up for causes about which they're passionate.

Chris Cosentino thinks you shouldn’t sous vide unless you can chop a darned onion.

Read more about Chef Cosentino at his site, and catch him in the kitchen at Incanto or at his salumeria Boccalone.

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March 18th, 2011
12:15 PM ET
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Beijing (CNN) - Chinese shoppers in Beijing and Shanghai cleared salt from supermarket shelves Thursday amid fears of a potential radiation crisis from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Government officials and experts attempted to calm fears by emphasizing that radiation levels in 41 cities across China remain normal.

Staff from multiple branches of the French supermarket chain Carrefour reported that their supplies of salt have been sold out since Thursday morning in Beijing.

A Shanghai branch reported the same.

Small, local and independently-run grocery stores in Beijing told CNN they have also run out of salt supplies for the first time in recent memory.

Read the full story "Chinese scramble to buy salt as radiation fears grow" on CNN Asia.

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Box lunch
March 18th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Wherein spaghetti on the train turns into an episode of "Bad Girls Club." - New York Magazine

  • The Israeli-Arab conflict has spread to falafel. - Telegraph

  • Bruegger’s Bagels has been le sold to the French firm that operates the 60-unit La Madeleine. - Nation's Restaurant News

  • Riesl on, Alan Richman, Riesl on. - GQ

  • Cumberland sausage is the fourth food in the United Kingdom to achieve Protected Geographical Indication status alongside Stilton cheese, Cornish clotted cream and Melton Mowbray pork pies. - Independent
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March 18th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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One of the best parts about going to SXSW is getting a chance to slip away from the fray and venture outside of Austin. iReporter Digithoughts lucked out with a local guide and found her way to barbecue at The County Line.

It was nice to get out of the city for a bit and up into the beautiful hills. The sky was gray but spirits were high and the food was delicious. These photos, taken by Doug Hecht really captures the rustic feel of the whole place. Yes, that is a two headed steer on the roof.

Share your SXSW stories or experience the conference from a different point of view through iReport assignment South by Southwest and see all CNN coverage at the What's Next blog

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March 18th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Breakfast buffet
March 18th, 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.

"C" is for cookie, that's good enough for breakfast: March 18 is National Oatmeal Cookie Day.

The delicious dichotomy of the treat is that it's chock-full of heart-healthy oats, but the finished product is a chewy, dense baked good meant to be eaten as dessert.

Looks like the baker pulled a fast one on us, but we're not complaining: you can have your oats and cookie too.

What's on TV?

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Coffee klatsch
March 18th, 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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