5@5 - Make the most of your dim sum experience
September 15th, 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.

Instead of your typical weekend plate of scrambled eggs, head out for some dim sum - a Cantonese tradition of communal small plates.

Feeling hesitant? Chinese culinary authority Ed Schoenfeld from the newly opened dim sum-inspired restaurant, Red Farm, is here to cart you toward success.

Five Ways to Up Your Dim Sum IQ: Ed Schoenfeld
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When in Costa Rica, enjoy the fruits of the rainforest
September 15th, 2011
02:45 PM ET
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Whether touring a local coffee plantation or grabbing dinner in a restaurant with a spectacular view of a nearby volcano, travelers who visit Costa Rica have an opportunity to sample a bounty of local fare. Bustling markets overflow with regional produce, and the fruits of the earth are the primary ingredients in many of the popular local dishes.

Costa Rica, our latest Destination Adventure location, celebrates its Independence Day on September 15. Now seems like the perfect time to explore those fruitful foods of this popular adventure and eco-tourism destination.

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Box lunch: DIY American cheese and a flight of fancy fried chicken
September 15th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.


  • Are the dog days of the high-profile food critic over?. - Atlantic Wire




  • The Chinese government is cracking down on "gutter oil," or recycled cooking oil that is passed off as unused. Sounds delish, no? - Washington Post
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Michelle Obama and Olive Garden team up for healthier kids meals
September 15th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Hospitaliano is about to get a whole lot healthier.

Darden Restaurants, the world's largest full-service restaurant company and the parent organization behind popular chain eateries including Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze, announced today that it is committing to reduce the calorie count and salt content of its food and provide more nutritious options on its children’s menus.
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Breakfast buffet: National linguine day
September 15th, 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's food holiday is worth using your noodle for - September 15 is National Linguine Day!

It's wider than spaghetti but it can't touch fettuccine, so it must be linguine! This flat pasta, which comes from a word that means "little tongues," is originally from the Campania region of Italy.
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