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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