Elaine's – last call for a New York classic
May 18th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
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New York City iconic dining destination "Elaine's" will soon be serving its last meal.

The restaurant which has been celebrated in cinema, song and literature is going to close its doors on May 26th according to spokeswoman Cynthia Carway.

Though never highly regarded for its cuisine, Elaine's restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side was often the destination for the country's power elite from media and politics to entertainment and law enforcement.

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5@5 - Nate Whiting
May 18th, 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.

Nate Whiting is the executive chef of Tristan restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. He's also one of dried pastas biggest advocates - a 'fresh is always best' naysayer, if you will - and serves it every day at his restaurant in dishes like spaghetti with English peas, morel mushrooms, pickled ramps, thyme and oregano.

"These days the use of dried pasta in professional American kitchens is almost always looked down upon, which has trickled down to home cooks as well," said Whiting.

"Now, most self-respecting chefs consider it a short-cut. Dried pasta is thought of as bulk and infinitely inferior to its fresh cousin. However, I think it is one of the most misunderstood ingredients in the country. I think people just need to learn some of the nuances and how to use it correctly."

Five Things You Should Know About Dried Pasta: Nate Whiting

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May 18th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
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Ronald McDonald, the orange and white face of the popular fast-food chain that bears his name, is under attack by nutrition advocates who want him to be retired.

Their beef, so to speak, is that McDonald's uses clowns and toys to sell unhealthy food to impressionable children. The company argues that its marketing practices are responsible, and that its food is "high quality."

The push to retire Ronald is being led by a group called Corporate Accountability International, which plans to introduce a resolution calling for the clown's ouster at the company's annual shareholder meeting Thursday.

Read - Junk food foes to McDonald's: Retire Ronald!

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

  • In North Carolina, it's against the law to order burgers rare or medium rare. - AOL News

  • As Ruth Reichl lauches Gilt Taste, Ruth Bourdain launches a brand of his her its own with curated items like endangered ortolan.– GuiltTaste

  • You too can make barbecue in a R2D2 smoker. - Nerdist

  • Can we blame chefs for making us pleasantly plump? - TIME
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The secret life of street meat
May 18th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
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Street food is suddenly hip, but in New York it's as old as salt on pretzels. So we asked a Big Apple vendor for dirt on - well, how dirty are those carts, anyway? He wanted to be anonymous. We agreed, so long as he gave us extra kraut.

Read - "Confessions of a... New York street-food vendor "

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Breakfast Buffet
May 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.

Get ready – we’re about to blow up your Wednesday with some cheesy goodness.  May 18 is National Cheese Soufflé Day.

Are you intimidated by this light cake full of hot air?  Don’t deflate!  Alongside this delightful video featuring cheerful Jacques Pepin and Julia Child, you’ll be whipping up perfect soufflé in no time.

May 18th, 2011
08:39 AM ET
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39 years, 12,250,000 calories and a featured "Super Size Me" role after his first Big Mac attack, Don Gorske bit into his 25,000th McD's burger. Said he of that first, fateful encounter, "It was the best thing I ever ate in my life."

The corporation responded, "We’re honored that Don Gorske continues to be a longtime, loyal customer. We look forward to serving him for many years to come."

"Who could blame him for being such a fan of the Big Mac? Its twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun are hard to resist!"

Read more at WISN

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Coffee klatsch
May 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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