January 30th, 2012
09:30 PM ET
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Foothills Brewery sells this cocoa-infused Imperial Stout just once a year, and fans can't wait to get their fill.

Previously - Are you ready for some brewskis? Beers for Super Bowl XLVI

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The best sushi restaurants in Tokyo
January 30th, 2012
06:45 PM ET
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Ask five Tokyoites to name the best sushi restaurants in the city, and you’re likely to get five different answers - the old "how long is a piece of string?" quandary.

That's because the sushi experience is a very personal one that can include not only raw seafood, but also things like unmatched service, chefs whose skills were honed by years of apprenticeship, an atmosphere that screams “traditional Japan” and, in many cases, a whopping bill. Because of all this, any one traveler’s favorite sushi experience is going to largely depend on budget, interests and previous experience with the cuisine.

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Are you ready for some brewskis? Beers for Super Bowl XLVI
January 30th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.

Yes, it is once again upon us, the gladiatorial apex of American sports, the most exciting game of the year (well, not usually, but it’s supposed to be), the day that drives sales of more than 51 million cases of beer (not to mention 53 million pounds of avocados, which brings to mind a disconcerting image of millions of Americans sitting in front of their TV with a Bud in one hand and an avocado in the other).

Yes, that day, the day of days, the Super Bowl. And when it comes to wine pairings for the Super Bowl, well, forget that craziness. The Super Bowl means beer.

Now, you could drink some sort of generic "lite" hogwash, but why would you do that when the two competing teams come from places that are littered with terrific regional breweries? Show some support! Drink your team’s hometown - or home pretty-much-the-same-region - brew. Here’s a selection of excellent Patriots or Giants-oriented possibilities.

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Best chicken wings in the country
January 30th, 2012
12:30 PM 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.

Here are three key chicken wings stats for Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012.

- More than 1.25 billion chicken wings will be eaten on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s the country’s biggest eating day of the year, after Thanksgiving.

- If those wings were laid end to end they would reach one-quarter of the way to the moon; they’d circle the earth more than twice.

- This year’s New York Giants vs New England Patriots match-up means chicken wings consumption will pretty much hold steady. The Mid-Atlantic, which encompasses Giants territory, are 24 percent more likely to eat wings; New Englanders, a.k.a. Patriots fans, are six percent less likely to eat wings than the national average.

Thanks to the National Chicken Council for these amazing statistics.

And here are five key places for chicken wings if you want to be part of the 1.25 billion wing movement.

Box lunch: Moscato mania and kilted haggis
January 30th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Forget making it Champagne rain, passing the Courvoisier or Cîroc by the case, hip-hop culture is now pushing Moscato. Nothing says 'swagga' like sweet Italian dessert wine. - NPR

  • A papier-mâché and kilted haggis causes an offal security conundrum in a Scottish railway station. - Metro

  • You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a person's power by where their table is located in a restaurant. - Bloomberg Businessweek

  • Because "Budweiser Medium" doesn't quite have that je ne sais marketing quoi, Anheuser Busch InBev unveils Bud Light Platinum - a step between Bud Light and Budweiser. - Gant Daily

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Breakfast buffet: National croissant day
January 30th, 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.

This is one celebration you won't want to flake out on - January 30 is National Croissant Day!

Today's breakfast of champions is all about an excess of carbohydrates and butter; you've never had a better reason than this to start your day with flaky, rich pastry.

Crispy on the outside and decadently soft on the inside, the traditionally crescent-shaped croissant that we all know and love evolved from the Kipferl, an ancestor of the pastry that originated in 13th century Austria. But the Parisian claim to fame was perfected in the 1800s when a puff pastry-like dough and butter came together to create magic.

Coffee klatsch
January 30th, 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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