Eat well and prosper in the Year of the Dragon
January 23rd, 2012
06:00 PM ET
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Gung hay fat choy! In case you're looking for last minute advice on how to welcome the Year of the Dragon, we've rounded up our Chinese New Year-related coverage for all your celebrating needs.

But first, a quick explainer from Chef Chris Yeo on the ancient food traditions associated with the Lunar New Year.

"Chinese New Year is a special time of year for many. 'Chi fan le mei you?' or 'Have you eaten yet?' is the most common greeting heard during the celebration of the Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese New Year throughout the West. Many of the traditions of Chinese New Year center around food either being cooked or eaten. To people who trace their roots back to China, the most important date in the lunar calendar is Chinese New Year – it’s a traditional time for feasting with family and friends that dates back thousands of years.

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Starbucks coffeehouses: Now with more alcohol
January 23rd, 2012
04:30 PM ET
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Listen up, beer lovers - you may soon be able to get your suds in grande form. At Starbucks.

Starbucks said Monday that it would begin offering beer and wine at select locations in Atlanta and Southern California by the end of this year, to go along with several locations in the Chicago area that have previously been announced.

Starbucks (SBUX, Fortune 500) began the initiative in the Pacific Northwest in late 2010.

Read "Starbucks to offer alcohol in more locations" on CNNMoney.

Manga maids need not apply: Japan’s high-end concept cafés come of age
January 23rd, 2012
02:30 PM ET
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You’d like a teenage girl to serve you tea while dressed in a cutesy maid outfit? You got it. You want to dine on a gurney in an Alcatraz ER-themed restaurant or eat burgers surrounded by life-size anime characters? No problem. Just get yourself to Tokyo, the city seemingly teaming with 24-hour cartoon craziness and the embodiment of "wacky Japan."

But away from these Japanese stereotypes, there is a growing scene of altogether more grown-up concept cafés fusing areas to eat and drink with spaces for business meetings and relaxation.

Called “third spaces” (home and office are the other two), these hybrid cafés are aiming to sate the need of a busy, trend-hungry population with a one-stop shop for work and play.

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Box lunch: Olympic diets and intergalactic sushi
January 23rd, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Five British athletes reveal how they grub for gold. - The Guardian

  • Is National Geographic exploiting the near extinction of blue-fin tuna with its new show "Wicked Tuna"? Chef and food writer Virginia Willis thinks so.– Virginia Willis

  • Sushi ... IN SPACE! - Eater

  • Jane Black argues that Paula Deen's diabetes announcement missed the opportunity "for a serious, sensible debate about how we eat." - Washington Post
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Big, fat restaurant breakfasts
January 23rd, 2012
09:35 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Q: What do health enthusiasts have in common with anyone who’s got a really bad hangover?

A: Breakfast as your key meal.

True, diet breakfast might not always resemble the one that you go for after a night of bad decisions with the Long Island Iced Tea three-for-one special. This list is geared for those in need of hot fat and starch in extra-large quantities. But here’s good news if you live in both worlds: in her book, "The Big Breakfast Diet: Eat Big Before 9 A.M. and Lose Big For Life," Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz says, "You can have all the foods you crave, from pasta to bacon to ice cream, with just one catch - you have to eat them before 9:00 A.M."

Now, good luck getting yourself out of bed in time to find these breakfasts.

Commenters chew over Paula Deen, chocolate slavery and food stamps
January 23rd, 2012
09:30 AM ET
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Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Some of the biggest talkers in the news last week were stories revolving around food that might make you look at your menu a little differently.

Paula Deen, change your diet

Lots of our readers have been talking about Paula Deen's type 2 diabetes revelation. The popular foodie has had the disease for three years, and is now a paid spokesperson for a diabetes medication. Andrew Weil issued her a challenge to change her eating. Some folks were outraged.

Here's what readers had to say - "Overheard on Paula Deen's diabetes, chocolate slavery, food stamps"

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Breakfast buffet: National egg month
January 23rd, 2012
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.

Simply eggscellent! - January is National Egg Month.

All month long, you can enjoy the incredible and absolutely edible egg in every form and fashion.

Bird eggs have been a favorite foodstuff since prehistoric times. Hunters and gatherers were fond of snatching eggs right from the nest, while other cultures began to domesticate birds for safer and more flavorful options. By 7500 BCE, chickens, formerly known as jungle fowl, were domesticated in Southeast Asia and India.

Coffee klatsch
January 23rd, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee Klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.

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