Things you never want to hear in a restaurant
September 13th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Whether it's no one at the host stand to greet you, overly perky waiters wearing vests with 'flair,' or a mixologist sneering from behind the bar at your libation of choice, there are serious red flags when you walk into a restaurant that the meal ahead is going to be nothing but bad news bears.

Sure, there are a few exceptions where the food speaks louder than the curmudgeonly waitstaff - but don't say Sean Elder, editor in chief of the digital food magazine Real Eats, didn't warn you.

Five Things You Never Want to Hear in a Restaurant: Sean Elder

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Take a trip to the market, it might turnip a surprise
September 13th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Turnips, long a vegetabilis non-grata in my kitchen. Their positive attributes - juicy interior, good nutritional value and attractive appearance - never made up for their bitterness and I'm a bitter gal. Aperol, Campari, dark chocolate, citrus peel, love them all - except the turnip.

Yet last Monday, after a hectic day at work, I found myself at my dining room table swooning over a plate of turnips, ones I had prepared no less. And I never would have gotten there if I didn't shop with local farmers.

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Box lunch: Spicy sweets and Playboy's palate
September 13th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Hugh Hefner likes to eat poached eggs atop his mashed potatoes. - Bloomberg

  • James McWilliams argues one downside of the locavore movement is untrained folks trying their hand at animal slaughtering, inadvertently causing the animals to suffer more. - The Atlantic

  • Jay Rayner thinks chefs are getting too big for their aprons. "...They also need to remember that they aren't secular saints." - Guardian

  • A big rig carrying 35,000 pounds of Bud Light overturned on Interstate 80 in Sacramento. Nearby frat boys race to the scene as early responders. (Or at least, we like to think they did.) - CBS Sacramento
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Breakfast buffet: National peanut day
September 13th, 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.

"Anybody want a peanut?" - September 13 is National Peanut Day!

You'll simply go nutty trying to think of all the ways to cure your peanut craving today. After all, you can spread some creamy peanut butter on a sandwich (or make it into a heartwarming pie), stir it into some teeth-rattling brittle or snack on these legumes all by themselves.

Coffee klatsch
September 13th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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