Michael Symon's fumble-free strategy
February 3rd, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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This is it. We've entered the final countdown. You've practiced all year for the knock-down, drag-out, take-no-prisoners game on Sunday. Every scoop, every chug, every bite has led you to this moment - your moment - to bask in the glory of pigskin (both on your plate and on television).

Still got a case of the pregame jitters? Iron Chef Michael Symon has some last-minute strategy to offer for the guacamole gridiron. The goal: sending you into your Super Bowl soiree with your game face on, and seeing you emerge victorious as MVPP (that's Most Valuable Party Planner to you).

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February 3rd, 2012
04:30 PM ET
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"After double-dipping just a few times, researchers found 50 to 100 times more bacteria in the dip - and that was just from one mouth," says Sanjay Gupta.

We're gonna be waaaaaayyyyy over here with our own no-sharesies bowl of guacamole, thank you very much.

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Tune in to SANJAY GUPTA | MD every Saturday and Sunday at 7:30am ET on CNN.

Filed under: Dip • Health News • Holidays • Hot Messes • Sanjay Gupta • Staples • Super Bowl • Tailgating • Tainted Food


Drive-thrus are the fast lane to viral fame
February 3rd, 2012
04:00 PM ET
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What makes a drive-thru such an easy target for pranks? People love posting videos of their drive-thru mischief online, and we’ve collected some of the best. These videos just may give you a new appreciation for fast food drive-thru employees.

Sonic song – This musician sings for his supper at a Sonic drive-in. Giorgio Fareira freestyled his $34 order. The video has more than half a million hits on YouTube, and it’s not bad publicity for his band, The Interstate Life.

See more at Gotta Watch: Drive-thru internet shenanigans

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A super match-up: Beer and game day munchies
February 3rd, 2012
03:00 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.

Not to beat a dead horse, or a major national sporting event, but a few more Super Bowl beer recommendations seem necessary in order to avoid tragedy this weekend. I mean, what if, for instance, you went to the store Saturday night and they were out of your favorite brand? Rather than going berserk and hurling yourself into the chip display, perhaps one of the following might be an option.

And in order to make life even easier, these suggestions - primarily American craft beers and imports, i.e. breweries that aren’t apt to spend $3 million on a 30-second ad during the game - are matched up to some of the most popular Super Bowl snacks.

There actually is some sense to this, though I’m fully aware that anyone whose team is winning is going to be too maniacally psyched to care what they’re eating, and anyone whose team is losing, well, in that case it’s all going to taste like dust and ashes anyway.
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Box lunch: Eggs in avocados and Monsanto's cafeteria
February 3rd, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Bake an egg in an avocado. File under: Why didn't we think of that? (Right along with Beanie Babies and Snuggies.) - Lifehacker


  • UR GR8. Make homemade conversation hearts for your sweetie - or yourself. - Serious Eats


  • Mmm, irony. The Monsanto cafeteria does not serve genetically-modified food. - CBC



  • New York Post's food critic Steve Cuozzo is in a bad romance with Lady Gaga's Italian restaurant, Joanne Trattoria. - Daily Mail
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Indianapolis eats! Bars and restaurants highlight Hoosier cuisine
February 3rd, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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Jessica Williams-Gibson writes for the Indianapolis Recorder

Visitors in town for Super Bowl XLVI will get a chance to taste what we Hoosiers get to feast on. Indiana is known for its pork, but our restaurants serve avant garde dishes and cool drinks that can go head to head with any large city.

We do a lot of things well, but many restaurants stand out from the pack with signature food items and drinks. Here are a few downtown restaurants and bars that have menu items that you gotta have.
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Breakfast buffet: National carrot cake day
February 3rd, 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.

Bugs Bunny would go nuts for this - February 3 is National Carrot Cake Day!

Carrot cake may be one of our favorite ways to simultaneously cure sugar cravings and have a healthy (and unnoticeable) serving of vegetables.

During medieval times, carrots were used to sweeten cakes and desserts because actual sweeteners were rare and outrageously expensive. Carrots are second only to the sugar beet on the sweet vegetable scale, so our ancestors knew what they were doing.

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Coffee klatsch
February 3rd, 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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