5@5 - What you don't know about British food
June 30th, 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.

By Jove, British food isn't exactly the most popular kid on the culinary block.

Many associate the traditional fare with heavy roasts, bangers and mash, beans and toast, and lots and LOTS of puddings (sweet and savory) - with nary a salad in sight.

Chris Rendell, the Executive Chef at Mary Queen of Scots in New York City, is here to set the colonials straight - just in time for William and Catherine's royal tour of California.)

What You Don't Know About British Food: Chris Rendell

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Box lunch: Kids eating candy and bloody bad meals
June 30th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Pass the M&M's to lil' Timmy! Children who eat candy are less likely to be obese. - SFGate

  • "Er, that's not ketchup." A woman was served a bloody bad meal at a Texas Cracker Barrel. - ABC13.com

  • Chef Alain Ducasse reveals his dinner plans for the "other" Royal Wedding in Monaco. - The Independent

  • In the American meat industry, abuse of both animals and workers is "industry standard." - Grist
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Fare play: hot dog delight
June 30th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Ashley Strickland is an associate producer at CNN.com. In her previous job as a traveling sports photographer, she picked up plenty of souvenir recipes that she'll be sharing over the next few months in her Fare Play column.

The first time I photographed University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, he was on the field of Sanford Stadium. But instead of capturing him in a huddle amongst his team, my shot showed Coach Richt taking a big, juicy bite out of a watermelon wedge.

It was soon after beginning a photography internship with the UGA Athletic Association. The early Saturday morning scrimmage ended the football team’s sweltering two-a-day practices of summer, just in time for fall classes to start on Monday. They celebrated by indulging in an annual tradition, the watermelon cutting.

Dozens of UGA football players drenched in sweat were chomping on giant wedges of orange and pink watermelon.  Off to the side, Coach Richt was eating his piece as well.

In the state of Georgia, UGA football is a way of life. So when it came to working for the Athletic Association, I covered my share of football and press conferences about football.

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Breakfast buffet: National ice cream soda day
June 30th, 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.

Today, it's OK to be a jerk - a soda jerk, that is:  June 30 is National Ice Cream Soda Day.

It was on a hot day in 1874 when a soda vendor forever changed how we enjoy ice cream. When Robert Green ran out of ice for his flavored sodas, he borrowed some vanilla ice cream from a neighboring vendor to keep them cool. A scoop of genius ensued!

Soon, ice cream sodas became the hot new thing, especially among teens. The new creamy dreamy obsession caused their parents to wig out, and in some cases local governments even banned ice cream sodas from being served on Sundays.  But this gave rise to soda-less ice cream sundaes, so everyone wins.

Where pizza is bad news
June 30th, 2011
08:00 AM 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. Today's contributor Wynn Westmoreland is a broadcast journalist with 16 years of experience in front of and behind the camera. She works from CNN’s World Headquarters in Atlanta and gets off work when most people are already asleep.

Ah, the smell of pizza! For most that means a party or a ballgame, but at CNN, the smell of pizza indicates bad news. Really, really bad news. Hurricane. Earthquake. Terrorist attack. In a 24/7/365 news and production room, catastrophe equals pizza.

The simple reason we order pizza is because we simply don’t have time during breaking news to take food breaks. My family does not have to watch the news to know what is going on in the world; they just have to watch my waistline. This year alone: Egypt? Pizza. Libya? Pizza. Japan earthquake? Lots of pizza. Southern tornadoes - well, you get the picture.

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