5@5 - Five things you might not know about Japanese cuisine
August 18th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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UPDATE: From your keyboard to our ears! We pay attention to commenters, we really do. So - when we noticed a lot of you took issue with the statement that there’s no mayo in Japanese cooking, we reached out to Reika for clarification as to what she actually meant.

"A clarification on the use of mayo in Japan: in saying we do not use mayonnaise, I was specifically referring to on sushi in Japan. As many commenters stated, mayonnaise is commonly used in Japan, and my comment was not pertaining to all food in Japan, but intended as an elaboration on sushi only."

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.

EN Japanese Brasserie owner Reika Yo Alexander, whose family owns more than 40 restaurants in Japan, moved to the United States from Tokyo in 2000.

When she arrived stateside, the majority of what she found branded as authentic Japanese was a far cry from the culinary traditions she grew up - and yep, we're looking at you, Philadelphia roll.

Five Things Most People Don't Know About Japanese Cuisine: Reika Yo Alexander

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Food's late bloomers
August 18th, 2011
03:15 PM ET
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Just when you think you know someone. During a car trip with my husband last weekend, I discovered that the man I have shared my heart, my life and my soul with for over six and a half years had never in his life eaten a BLT sandwich.

How a man gets to his mid-40s without ever having partaken in this American staple, I just couldn't quite wrap my head around. I asked him to repeat what he'd just said, and then I quizzed him. "You're an alien, right? Maybe a spy of some sort sent to infiltrate CNN? By law, you have to tell me - I think."

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Don't be afraid to try the intestines, you might enjoy them
August 18th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Neal Piper picks up a big spoonful of a white, pasty substance and places it to his lips. He swallows it confidently, and smiles as he announces the taste is "not bad."

But the subtitle on the video explains what he was actually thinking: "This stuff tasted horrible." The whitish substance is actually a porridge of cooked soft maize mixed with milk that's been left to sour for a few days.

"My only comparison is sour chunky milk," Piper said.

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Box lunch: Movie munchies and tweeting while eating
August 18th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The Duuuuuuuude! The cast of "The Big Lebowski" talks about how to cure a case of the munchies. - Grub Street

  • Julia Langbein's Finnish mother holds a McDonald's “Bachelor of Hamburgerology.” - Gilt Taste

  • Eat before you tweet? A negative 140 characters gets one customer kicked out of a Houston restaurant. - Houston Press

  • There have been an overwhelming number of peanut butter pies for Mikey, but this peach crème fraiche pie is just for his wife, Jennie. - Sassy Radish

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