October 12th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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Establishing goodwill and building on an already strong foundation. That was the motive behind the "Taste of Korea" event in Washington.

A number of activities were held to help foster better understanding between Korean and American cultures. Youngsters enjoyed everything from a cooking lesson and arts and crafts to live music and a martial arts demonstration.

Twenty middle school students from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington were invited to the festivities. They were joined by twenty Korean American students - all of them children of employees of the Embassy of Korea.
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Box lunch: Bartender rage and diet soda for dudes
October 12th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • After a customer left her a cruel "tip," one Seattle bartender took to the blogosphere with a vengeance. One problem: she posted a photo of the wrong patron. - Seattle Pi



  • Flip the switch! Scientists may have discovered how to "turn off" food allergies. - MSNBC


  • Dr. Pepper Ten buffs up its diet soda marketing campaign with the slogan "no women allowed." - USA Today


  • You'll be the most stylish ghoul on the block with these spooktacular trick-or-treat bags. - Epicurious
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FoodCorps plants food activism in American schools
October 12th, 2011
09:05 AM ET
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FoodCorps is sending passionate, dedicated service members to American communities hoping to revolutionize the way we eat.

Many of us have heard the statistics - about one-third of American adults and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years are obese. One in seven low-income, preschool-aged children are also considered as such.

These numbers can be overwhelming, and when faced with a stagnating economy, high unemployment and a deeply divided Congress, it’s hard to see a solution.

But in 2009, when President Obama signed the Kennedy Serve America Act into law, expanding the AmeriCorps program, one group of people saw the opportunity for change.
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Breakfast buffet: National cookie month
October 12th, 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.

We're kooky for cookies 'til Halloween - October is National Cookie Month!

Somebody warn Mrs. Fields (and the cookie aisle of your favorite neighborhood grocery store), because a colossal cookie maelstrom is about to start and rage on all month long! October is the perfect month to satisfy your crunchy, crumbly and chewy cravings, or at least get a head-start on the holiday season.

The cookies that we know and love - with butter, sugar and eggs all creamed together - didn't come about until the 18th century, but these little treats have been around for quite a long time. We started out with cookie-like hard wafers, although they were short on sugar. Once the sweet stuff hit 7th century Persia, cookies would only rise in popularity, spreading across Europe by the 1300s.
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