iReport: Your picks for the best bites in New Orleans
February 17th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Editor's note: CNN Travel will focus on facets of a different American city each month in their Destination USA series. Next month they're looking at Miami, Florida.

Fat Tuesday is rolling up fast, so we asked for your recommendations for New Orleans' very best dishes.

"Excess is the new moderation," one iReporter proclaimed. Debatable, but not a bad mantra for a trip to diner's paradise. If you're not hungry now, you will be.

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Get your kids into the kitchen and feed them for life
February 17th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
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Editor's note: This is the fifth story in CNN's series exploring the issues surrounding childhood obesity.

It's a sweet, sticky, crunchy, ooey-gooey, chocolate-drizzled, cheese-stuffed, deep-fried world out there, and we can't pretend it doesn't tastes pretty darned delicious. Nearly from birth, American kids are blasted with ads for foods that send their taste buds into overdrive, but don't do them any nutritional favors.

These treats might be okay in very careful moderation, but if it's hard enough for adults to resist the sugary, salty siren call, how can we expect kids to do so? A parent needs an arsenal. Grab your knives.

Breakfast buffet: National cherry month
February 17th, 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.

It's a very cherry February, because it's National Cherry Month!

While it isn't actually cherry harvesting season, this month is all about cherries every which way. Enjoy this tart, sweet fruit packed chock full of antioxidants.

The majority of eating cherries you find in the grocery store are either sweet or sour cherries. This fruit was originally grown in Turkey and brought to Rome.

In the U.S., we're known for growing sweet cherries in Washington, California, Oregon, Wisconsin and Michigan and sour cherries in Michigan, Utah, New York and Washington. Notice anything? Michigan gets double the mentions because it also claims to be the "Cherry Capital of the World," or at least Traverse City does. They also host the National Cherry Festival and are known for the world's largest cherry pie. Now that's anything but the pits.

Coffee klatsch
February 17th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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