5@5 - Up your coffee vocabulary
October 20th, 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.

Do you speak coffee?

As our country becomes more mud-obsessed and cafés continue to perk up their brewed offerings, it's easy to feel sluggish toward ordering your morning caffeine drip - especially if you aren't steeped in the coffee culture.

Don't get verklempt - it's just coffee talk. And Sean Henry, the owner and barista of Houndstooth Coffee in Austin, Texas, is here to spill the beans on the brew vernacular.

Beyond the Dark and Into the Light - Words to Up Your Coffee Vocabulary: Sean Henry

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October 20th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Johnny B. Goode, indeed.

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi recently announced the opening of JBJ Soul Kitchen, a pay-what-you-can community kitchen with the tagline "Where HOPE Is Delicious."

A link on Bon Jovi's website solicits donations for the effort, saying, "Soul Kitchen is a community restaurant with no prices on the menu; but a donation of $10 covers the cost of your three course meal. If you are unable to pay, come back and volunteer. Your donation will help us continue our mission of serving nutritious dinners in a warm and welcoming setting, where families can come and meet their neighbors."

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Box lunch: Paris in pastries and spooktacular treats
October 20th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The perils of a small coffeehouse owner. - Slate

  • The collapse of the Friendly's chain also means the downfall of the great American middle class. - TIME

  • Be the (g)hosts with the most with this frightfully fun Halloween party guide. - Bon Appétit

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Breakfast buffet: National caramel month
October 20th, 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.

Liquid gold is on the menu - October is National Caramel Month.

One of the best ways to satisfy your gotta-have-sugar craving is to heat it with other like-minded ingredients until it reaches the bliss stage, or what we call caramel. It may be mid-October, but you've still got plenty of time to savor the sweetness (if it doesn't give you a toothache).

Coffee klatsch
October 20th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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