Jon Huntsman is for life, liberty and the pursuit of really great street food
June 24th, 2011
02:40 PM ET
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Now that former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has officially entered the GOP presidential field, he's making a play for a small but passionate group of voters: street food fanatics.

"Street food is so fresh, and it's so good and it's so cheap," he says.

The Republican presidential candidate's newly launched website includes a video called "Jon's Favorite Foods" where he talks about only one kind of cuisine: the kind you eat on the street.

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Schmeary-eyed fans mourn closing of iconic NYC bagel shop
June 24th, 2011
02:10 PM ET
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In a city celebrated for its "cawfeee" accent and doughnut-shaped rolls, the store that by many accounts is New York's bagel-lovers' paradise is set to shutter its doors.

H&H Bagels - a Manhattan landmark of sorts - will sell its last homemade dozen and close on Sunday, according to Moshe Fintz, the company's business manager.

The store's no-frills business model and doughy circles earned a cult-like following over its 39-year history on 80th Street and Broadway.

Many loyal customers aren't taking the news of the closing lightly.

"We have to preserve what's unique about New York," said James Besser, a pianist from Manhattan's Upper West Side. "And what's distinct about us here is the bagels."

Read - Iconic bagel shop closure to leave hole in New Yorkers' hearts

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Box lunch: Wienie wars and the BLT break-up
June 24th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Don't bash the beef noodles or you'll get detention time.  –Taipei Times

  • The storied Southern history of pimento cheese. –Indy Week

  • If you break up the BLT biz, do you lose the bacon or the tomato? –New York Times

  • Paper, plastic or nothing at all - One Texas grocery store believes in "zero packaging." –Huffington Post

  • Chicago wienie wars heat up as Vienna loses to Red Hot. –Chicago Tribune
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June 24th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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Before you take your next bite, restaurateur, chef and Top Chef Masters alum Traci Des Jardins wants you to ask yourself a few questions.

1. What is the environmental footprint of your food?
2. Where did it come from?
3. How was it produced?
4. How did it travel to where you are?

Staying connected to your food is crucial, says Des Jardins. People need to take responsibility for the creatures they consume and the impact their food choices make on the environment. And, she cautions young chefs, despite what you see on television, it's not all glitz, glamour and rock star treatment when you get hired in a kitchen; it's brutally hard work.

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