5@5 - Bitter drinks for Valentine's Day
February 8th, 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.

Editor's Note: Jeff Faile is the bar manager of Fiola in Washington, D.C.

Before I was lucky enough to meet my wife and get out of the rat race otherwise known as the dating game, I dreaded Valentine’s Day. I hated being on the other side of the bar while all the happy couples celebrated their love, rubbing my face in it. Each February 14, I’ll admit it, I was bitter.

Looking back on it, there’s nothing wrong with it. To really appreciate finding “the one,” you have to experience the bad. So, let’s be bitter together.

Five Bitter Drinks for Valentine's Day

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Chocolatier takes a radical approach to sourcing
February 8th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
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In search of a sweeter solution for your Valentine's Day chocolate? 18-year-old Zoë S. Taylor shares the story of Atlanta confection shop Sugar-Coated Radical, which according to their website, uses only direct and fair trade-organic-post-consumer recycled and locally sourced materials.

Taylor says, "I was attracted to the uniqueness of the shop, the friendly atmosphere, the beauty of the chocolates (when I first saw the chocolates, I immediately imagined all the images I could capture) and most importantly their ethical views."

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February 8th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
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McDonald's extreme-green shamrock shake is going nationwide for the first time, the fast food franchise revealed on Wednesday.

The leprechaun-colored shake is currently available at every one of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants, according to company spokeswoman Ashlee Yingling.

The shamrock shake itself isn't new. It's been offered by McDonald's restaurants at or around St. Patrick's Day since 1970. But in the past, only certain restaurants offered the familiar green shake.

Read - McDonald's shamrock shake goes nationwide

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Box lunch: Seafood mandates and 'Big America' burgers
February 8th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Bond, schmonds. Judge John Hurley sentenced the husband in a feuding couple to buy his wife a bouquet of roses, a Red Lobster dinner and a night at the bowling alley. - Daily Mail

  • The online pawn shop, Pawngo.com, dumped hundreds of Butterfinger candy bars in Boston for Patriot player Wes Welker's - well - butterfingers. - Boston.com

  • Does this taste like the Grand Canyon to you? The "Big America" burgers are back in Japan. - A Hamburger Today

  • Be sweet and vote for the People's Best New Pastry Chef. - Food & Wine

  • Beer giants MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch take a swig out of the hard cider market. - Business Insider
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