5@5 - Eat more hemp seeds (yes, they're legal)
January 5th, 2012
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.

In yesterday's post about eating more compassionately in the new year, Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur extolled the virtues of replacing cow’s milk with an animal-friendly, non-dairy milk.

Among his replacement recommendations were the usual suspects - almond, soy, rice - but then he also mentioned a substitute a little more, shall we say, earthy.

While the perception of hemp leans, erroneously, more toward Cheech and Chong than one of undiluted health, hemp seeds are packed full of nutrition - and you should milk them for all they're worth, says Happy Hemp owner Tara Miko Grayless.

Five Uses for Hemp Seeds: Tara Miko Grayless

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May the Force beef with you
January 5th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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A not-so long time ago in a galaxy far, far away - better known as France, Belgium and Luxembourg - there was a disturbance in the fast food Force.

According to French newspaper L'Express, burger chain Quick will promote the 3D release of “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace” by way of a commemoration fit for Jabba the Hutt: with character-themed, double-decker burgers.

The ad campaign, wielding the slogan "choisis ton côté de la Force" (choose your side of the force), will begin on January 31 and end on March 5.

Much like the Galactic Senate itself, Quick seeks to broker peaceful compromise by offering three galactic-themed sandwiches for Chewies everywhere: the Dark Burger, the Jedi Burger and the Dark Vador Burger (whose spelling was seemingly lost in translation).

593-pound blue fin tuna catches record sushi price
January 5th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Fancy a $50 piece of sushi?

That's what one piece of a 593-pound blue fin tuna sold Thursday at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market for a record $736,000 is worth.

Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs the Sushi-Zanmai chain in Japan, bought the record-setting fish at the first auction of the new year at Japan's main fish market, a popular tourist stop in Tokyo, according to the Tokyo Times.

The previous record for a fish was set at the market in 2011's first sale of the new year, when a Hong Kong restauranteur paid $422,000 for a blue fin. He took that fish to Hong Kong.

Read the full story "Record price paid for massive tuna" on the This Just In blog.

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Japan Eats: B-grade dining is tops in Tokyo
January 5th, 2012
10:30 AM ET
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Think back to your younger, broker (or possibly drunker) days, when you enjoyed home-cooked beans folded into instant mashed potatoes and eaten hot from the pan, or ice cream piled onto your favorite donuts. It's cheap, tasty and satisfying as all get-out, but most definitely not about to find itself on any Michelin or Zagat lists.

The term "B-grade food" sounds just plain weird, implying something less than great. Yet stroll into any Japanese bookstore and you’ll spot dozens of magazines and books emblazoned with the characters "B級グルメ" - "B-kyu gurume." So why is second-rate dining so hot right now?

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