April 9th, 2012
02:30 PM ET
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In a Dubai café, patrons sip camel-milk lattes, camel-ccinos and shakes made with camel milk.

The newly opened Cafe2Go is one of the first to put camel milk on its menu and it seems to be passing the taste test with intrigued customers.

"I'm surprised because I was thinking it was tasting really different from the normal milk, but ... it's really nice," said customer Nadia Rizk.

"I thought it would be weird when I tried it, but it's just like everything else," said another, Sal Hobbi.

It is the latest sign of a boom in camel-milk products in the United Arab Emirates.

Read the full-story on Inside the Middle East: "Forget cappuccino, Dubai drinkers get a taste for camel-ccino"

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April 9th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Preserving Cuba's cuisine, one pig at a time
April 9th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
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Patrick Oppmann is CNN's correspondent based in Cuba and a barbecue enthusiast.

Cubans may live surrounded by water but the food that incites the most passion and culinary debate does not swim or slither. That honor is reserved for puerco asado, pork cooked over coals in the traditional style of the Cuban countryside.

As with many Cubans, Anselmo “Don” Bello swears on his honor that he cooks the best puerco asado on the entire island.

But unlike most of those other would-be top chefs, Bello’s phone rings off the hook each day with people asking him, pleading with him for one of his whole cooked pigs.

“Most people don’t know what a real Creole meal is,” Bello said, referring to the term for the Caribbean’s jumble of European and New World cultures. “The taste of the seasoning, the oregano, the onion, garlic and bitter orange. That’s been lost but we are rescuing it.”

Don Bello is leading his crusade to save Cuba’s culinary traditions in San Antonio del Rio Blanco, a small, country town, an hour inside of Havana.

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National Chinese almond cookie day
April 9th, 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.

Today, give your palate a sweet cleanse because April 9 is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day!

The slightly sweet crunch of almonds is the center of attention in this simple cookie. The taste and texture is very similar to pecan sandies.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, almonds are thought to be anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, so crunch to your health! Typical to southern and southeastern China, these almond cookies are usually enjoyed around Chinese New Year, and are given as gifts to family and friends.

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