July 19th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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Go inside Gadsby's, an Arlington, Virginia tavern that has served down-to-earth fare like meatloaf and pork chops to presidents and visiting dignitaries since the 1790s.

Previously - Supper summit at Gadsby's - a D.C. stalwart

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5@5 - Five sakes to try this summer
July 19th, 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.

Many an entry into the mysterious world of Japan's national drink involves a chant along the lines of "When I say 'sake,' you say 'bomb!'" - but there is oh-so much more to the millenniums-old libation than slamming it off a pair of chopsticks into a glass of beer.

So - let's start at the very beginning (a very good place to start): Sake is an alcoholic beverage brewed from fermented rice. And much wine and beer, sake comes in many varieties - it can be served hot or cold and taste dry or sweet depending on the type of rice used and the brewing process.

Want to learn more? Chef Akira Back of Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge offers up his favorite summer sakes that you may have got too bombed too quickly to try last go-round.

Five Sakes To Try This Summer: Akira Back
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Murdoch foe gets pie-orities messed up
July 19th, 2011
03:20 PM ET
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The Tweet above comes from baking advocate @jestei after a Rupert Murdoch protester pelted the embattled media mogul with a pie that turned out to be filled with shaving foam. Might he soon have a chance to experiment crafting a cake with a file filling?

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Notes from Zone 6b – letting failure bloom
July 19th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
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Eatocracy's Managing Editor Kat Kinsman attempts to vegetable garden on a roof deck in Brooklyn, NY in USDA Hardiness Zone 6b. Feel free to taunt, advise or encourage her efforts as this series progresses.

My edible loofah won't fruit, and there doesn't seem to be a darned thing I can do about it. For that matter, I can't stave off daikon bolt, keep my African Guinea Flint corn from slumping or save my white bush scallop squash from the indignity of slug consumption.

This is mostly my fault, and I have to live with it. I could have just laid down to drown in a deluge of Netflix-streamed episodes of Battlestar Galactica, taken up yogalates or just napped like a normal person, but no, not me. As a friend recently pointed out to me, I use any scrap of down time I have to assign myself an extra job.
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Box lunch: Women chefs and foie gras doughnuts
July 19th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.


  • One man's booze is another man's fuel: Where bad batches or brands of alcohol get broken down into ethanol. - BevNet


  • Quacking up a storm over foie gras doughnuts. - Gawker



  • America's neurotic war on salt. - Ruhlman
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The least dignified meal of the day
July 19th, 2011
09:15 AM ET
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Linda Petty is an editor at CNN Living. She liked boxed mixes, tarted-up vegetables and letting produce rot in her crisper.

I don’t always eat breakfast at home. But when I do, it is usually healthy. It may be some oatmeal with fresh fruit, black walnuts and cinnamon or perhaps brown rice with lemon juice, soy sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

But if I’m running late, my breakfast is often a ham and cheese biscuit picked up on the way to work from a fast food restaurant with a huge container of unsweetened ice tea.
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Breakfast buffet: National daiquiri day
July 19th, 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.

Hickory daiquiri dock - July 19 is National Daiquiri Day!

What happens when you run out of gin and discover an abundance of lime, sugar and rum? Ah, a happy accident where the fates collide: the tall, cool daiquiri.

The next time you're leaning on the bar and looking cool as you sip on a fruity strawberry daiquiri, just remember: you're quaffing a rum-ified mixture fit for the Royal Navy.

The simple ingredients in a basic daiquiri - rum, water, lemon/lime juice and sugar - were a regular ration for British sailors' grog, beginning in the 1700s.  The addition of crushed ice and strawberries is just a way of prettifying this rough and tumble drink.
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Coffee klatsch
July 19th, 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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