5@5 - Australia Day delights
January 26th, 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.

January 26 may have already come and gone for our mates down under, but here in the U.S. of A., the Australia Day party is just getting started.

Help us commemorate the first British settlement in New South Wales some 224 years ago with the folks - and Aussie expats - of Kingswood restaurant in New York City.

We're off to eat the delicacies, the wonderful delicacies of Oz.

Five Recipes for Australia Day: Lincoln Pilcher (pictured), Nick Mathers, Nick Hatsatouris and Chef Michael Hamilton
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January 26th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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Politics? Schmolitics. We're in it for the regional foods of the great US of A. We've talked loose meat in Iowa, gorton in New Hampshire, and she-crab soup in South Carolina. Our colleague CNN video journalist Alexandra Willingham is based in Atlanta, but Key West, Florida, has been her lifelong destination of choice.

She's had a lot of practice chowing down while living it up on the island, and says "Forget what you learned from Jimmy Buffett - Key West eats go far beyond cheeseburgers and margaritas. Here are some of the best foods to try while visiting in paradise."

Here are five don't-miss dishes from the southernmost city.

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Box lunch: Doggy bags and vegetarian haggis
January 26th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.



  • Thanks to Conan O'Brien, you can now watch Guy Fieri eat in reverse. - Eater


  • No guts? You can still feast on haggis. - Guardian


  • First Lady Michelle Obama announces a new Spanish-language food program, "Mi Plato," as part of her Let's Move campaign. - The White House
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Craft beer from the Land of the Rising Sun
January 26th, 2012
09:05 AM ET
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Shigeharu Asagiri loves beer so much he has even brewed it by the light of the moon.

He’s not a bathtub hootcher with vampiric tendencies, but the boss of Japanese microbrewery Coedo and a man committed to putting his craft beer on the map, no matter what it takes.

His nighttime brewing activity came just after the earthquake that rocked Japan’s Tohoku region last March led to frequent blackouts at his brewery just outside Tokyo.

From those difficult days and dark nights, Coedo has continued to make some award-winning beers that are helping to put the spotlight on interesting microbrews from Japan.
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Breakfast buffet: National pistachio day
January 26th, 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.

Start crackin' those shells open - January 26 is National Pistachio Day!

Show some love for the green nut with a great deal of culinary importance. Not only are these little guys good for your heart, but they're just a darn tasty snack.

Pistachio trees were first cultivated in Western Asia, and they flourished in desert climates with saline soil across the Middle East. We can trace these nuts as part of the daily diet all the way back to the late Paleolithic period. The English picked up on this flavorful nut in the 1400s, but America didn't get their first taste in 1854, and even then the plant was introduced simply as a garden tree.
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Bunny chow (carrots possibly included)
January 26th, 2012
07:55 AM ET
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No, it's not made from rabbit. "Bunny chow" originated in the city of Durban, South Africa, and is a vegetarian fast-food dish made from a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry.
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Coffee klatsch
January 26th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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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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