April 8th, 2011
05:15 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.

CNN International sports correspondent Patrick Snell samples the classic pimento cheese sandwich at The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia - for "work purposes," you understand.

Read more on the storm-based pimento cheese shortage earlier this week and the other, bizarrely economical items on the menu at The Masters.

More from Back|Story and dispatches from The Masters

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5@5 - Betty Fraser
April 8th, 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.

To Betty Fraser, what's old is new (and delicious) again.

Fraser is the co-owner of Grub Restaurant and As You Like It Catering in Los Angeles. She also appeared on the second season of Bravo's hit cooking competition “Top Chef.”

Five Ways to Turn an Old-Time Classic into a Modern Day Treat: Betty Fraser

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Sweet tea, pimento cheese & BBQ – munching at The Masters
April 8th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
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John Kim covers golf for PGA.com

Every year, tens of thousands of golf fans, and millions worldwide, look towards Augusta National Golf Club with visions of Amen Corner, the world’s best players and - pimento cheese?

It’s true. The culinary offerings of The Masters may not rival your five star listings in terms of presentation, seasoning nor taste for that matter, but the fame of the Masters branded sandwiches, sweet tea, lemonade and even their own potato chips make it one of the hottest menu items in town and the price - $1.50 for drinks, $1.50-2.50 for sandwiches, $1 for chips - is always right.

Though pimento cheese and egg salad sandwiches draw the most demand by tradition alone, their barbecue and chicken sandwiches are starting to build quite the following as well. A $10 bill will feed two easily, grab a spot under one of the stately pines near Amen Corner and you’ll have one of the best lunches you could ever hope to have – anywhere in the world.

Follow all the golf action from The 2011 Masters at majorschampionships.com

Read and get recipes - Pimento cheese freeze-out at the Masters

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Office Space: Getting crunk with co-workers
April 8th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
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Editor's Note: Robert Sutton is a professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University and author of "Good Boss, Bad Boss." His personal blog is Work Matters.

At about 5:30 on a Friday afternoon a few weeks ago, I was running out the door to get home when I ran into several colleagues sitting in a circle and drinking some Scotch. They invited me to celebrate the end of the week with them, and after hesitating a bit, I joined the little group. Yes, I enjoyed the single malt they gave me, but I enjoyed the conversation much more. These are people I see all the time, but nearly all of our interactions are rushed and task-oriented.

We talked about an array of topics - a sick friend, kids, a cool wireless speaker the IT guy had set up and our preferences for different brands of Scotch. Then we went our separate ways. I was struck by how much the brief interaction affected me. I felt closer to my colleagues, more relaxed from the great conversation and the Scotch, and I felt good about working at a place that allows employees to take a prudent drink now and then.

Read the rest of "Drinking at work: It's not all bad" on CNN Opinion.

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Lunchtime poll – radiation fallout
April 8th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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Celebrity chef Eric Ripert is using a dosimeter to test the level of radiation in the seafood at his restaurant. Radiation ecologist Dr. Timothy Mosseau says that may be a bit of overkill. Supply chain expert Gene Tanski of Foresight Demand says there's no real way that even affected food could get into the food supply in the U.S. and World Health Organization spokesman Peter Cordingley says he believes that it's a good idea to keep paying close attention.

It's not just the experts expressing opinions about the potential for radiation ingestion following the damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Our commenters have weighed in as well.

The same government that said the BP oil spill is contained and that there are no long lasting health concerns. Eat Japanese sushi at your own peril folks. Use common sense and believe the exact opposite of what the government tells you - Jonx

The reactor in Japan didn't melt down as it did in Chernobyl, and if it didn't up until now, it won't. Any real danger for the rest of the world is OVER. What we are reading in the media are the products of the anti-nuclear power crowd trying to scare the daylight out of people. Don't buy it. - Gabor47


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Box lunch
April 8th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Cheese puffs make you fat. Cheese puffs also lower your stress. Oh, the dilemma! - TIME

  • Some thieves in Ontario made off with $19,000 of chips and dip from the Frito Lay Warehouse. One commenter suggests following "the pot cloud" to find the perpetrators. - Canoe

  • For the adventurous eaters traveling to Southeast Asia, there's no way to be absolutely sure that what you're not eating isn't an endangered snake. - The Word

  • The folks in your favorite food truck might be the lawyers you used to hate dealing with. - Salon

  • A transparent look at the care of a small-scale slaughterhouse. - food. curated. (Warning: There are some graphic images.)

  • Jamie Oliver talks about being banned from the Los Angeles school district and his continued crusade to change the way children eat. - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
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April 8th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
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April 8th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Breakfast buffet
April 8th, 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.

Don't cry for us Argentina! - especially since today, there is nothing to cry but tears of joy: April 8 is National Empanada Day.

For those unfamiliar with the flaky delicacies, empanadas are essentially crimped-edged, semicircular turnovers - typically filled with a seasoned meat and/or vegetable mixture. They get their namesake from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to cover in pastry.

If a day celebrating half-moon pies doesn't sound like a grand idea to you, we might have to rethink this friendship.

What's on TV?

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