5@5 - Laura Maniec
April 20th, 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.

There are only 112 professionals who currently hold the title of Master Sommelier, the highest accreditation given to wine professionals, in North America. Of those, 18 are women - one of which just happens to be Laura Maniec. At 31 years of age, she is also the youngest current Master Sommelier.

Maniec is currently the beverage consultant for NIKO restaurant, as well as co-owner of the new Corkbuzz Wine Studio, a wine bar and education center set to open later this year.

Five Women to Know in Wine: Laura Maniec

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A slice of the Royal Wedding
April 20th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
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Weeks after Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin' Donuts each unveiled limited-edition royal wedding treats, pizza maker Papa John's announced its newest creation: the Royal Wedding Pizza.

The pie features a mosaic of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s faces, made out of standard pizza toppings. According to Papa John's website, a food artist in the U.K. used mushrooms for the bride’s veil, cheese for her dress and salami and peppers for William’s suit. How romantic!

CNN's Unveiled blog has all the marinara-sauced details: "Papa John's bakes up royal wedding pizzas"

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Box lunch
April 20th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Auntie Em! Auntie Em! That twister took my hamburger. - Gawker

  • The culinary rampage might be hurting the ramp population. - New York Times

  • What's in a name? Choosing a salad isn't exactly always diet-friendly. - Times of India

  • There is a reason the "I Ate At El Bulli And You Didn’t" pieces exist; the place is full of magic. - Travel Channel
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Gulf seafood: a year after the spill
April 20th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
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On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 crew members and leaking more than 200 million gallons of oil into the water. Today marks the one year anniversary of this disaster.

From "Stories from the Gulf, one year on"

In the Louisiana marshes, members of the Pointe Aux Chenes Indian Tribe say the spill has affected everything.

"It changed our way of life for sure," says tribe member Theresa Dardar. "We're not eating like we usually eat."


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Colt 45 blasted over Blast alcopop ads
April 20th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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The makers of Colt 45 malt liquor have stirred up a controversy with their new beverage that some fear will encourage kids to drink.

Blast is a fruity new blend boasting twice the alcohol as Pabst Brewing Co.'s original malt liquor.

The drink in a colorful 23.5-ounce can resembles soda pop but has an alcohol content of 12%, more potent than a typical can of beer.

"Colt 45 makers are raising the alcohol level from the already high 6% to the even higher 12%, and enticing young people with hip hop themes and lollipop flavors," said Paul Porter of Industry Ears, a think tank that promotes justice in the media.

Porter said the company is "expanding its market with our children."

Blast joins the ranks of some high octane drinks such as Four Loko, Joose and Tilt that came under fire late last year for advertising to underage consumers.

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April 20th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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The emails are flooding into Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld’s Washington office from around the world – London, Zurich, New York, Mexico – all with one goal: to have the rabbi sell all the bread products in their homes in time for Passover.

As Passover approaches, orthodox Jews strip their homes of all bread products, called chametz in Hebrew. Cereal, breads, even grain-based alcohol is consumed, destroyed or sold – through a rabbi – to a non-Jewish neighbor.

After Passover, the seller can buy the chametz back. In almost all cases, the bread products never physically change hands but are put away under lock and key in the seller’s home.

Read - Selling bread for Passover? There's an app for that

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Breakfast buffet
April 20th, 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.

Turn that frown right-side round: April 20 is National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day.

The exact origin of the overturned confection is a little, well, sticky. It seems pineapple upside-down cake started appearing in the early twentieth century, right around the time that Dole expanded their pineapple canning operation, accredits Gregory McNamee in his book "Movable Feasts: The History, Science, and Lore of Food."

To make sure your cake is the (pine)apple of everybody's eye at the next gathering, put whole, non-overlapping pineapple slices in the bottom of the cast iron skillet or cake pan and plunk a maraschino cherry in the middle of each round.

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April 20th, 2011
08:15 AM ET
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A lawsuit alleging that Taco Bell's beef has insufficient cow-based content has been dropped, but as it turns out - many readers figured it was nacho problem anyhow. From our lunchtime poll on the topic:

Will this lawsuit stop you from going to Taco Bell?

Heck no! It still tastes awesome. 44.37%
I didn't go to Taco Bell in the first place. 23.97%
It's off my list until this gets resolved. 13.39%
I just don't eat fast food, anyway. 9.98%
I'll go - but skip the "beef." 6.45%
Other (please share below) 1.84%
Total Votes: 18,175

In other news, Taco Bell's "Volcano Burrito" has been found to be 100 percent lava and ash free. Whatta world, I tell ya. What a world.

Podcast – Out to Lunch: Tacos beyond the box and Bell

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April 20th, 2011
08:00 AM ET
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Watch the Green Solutions in Focus: Eatocracy Edition hour-long special hosted by Tom Foreman on Saturday, April 23rd at 3pm ET and see all Earth Day coverage at eatocracy.com/infocus

Read the full story: "Rescuers try to save bees from devastation"

Previously - In praise of urban honey

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Filed under: Beekeeping • Bees • Earth Day • Environment • Events • Feature • In Focus • Local Food • Organic

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