April 23rd, 2012
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Editor's note: Part culture show, part travel show, over six weeks Fusion Journeys takes six stars of the creative world on a journey of discovery to a location of their choice. There, they will learn from a different culture and create something new inspired by their experience. Watch the show every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from April 9 to May 18, during Connect The World, from 20:00 GMT.

As a multi award-winning chef, bestselling author, TV channel proprietor and hugely successful syndicated show host, Sanjeev Kapoor is arguably the world's most revered exponent of Indian cuisine.

For the past 18 years he has concocted a handful of new recipes every week as the host of "Khana Khazana," said to be India's most watched, and Asia's longest-running, cookery program.

As if that weren't impressive enough, Kapoor has penned 36 cookbooks, while his website consistently attracts a hungry audience of 25 million users a month.

Suffice to say, the man has a distinguished rep in the venerable tradition of Indian cuisine.

Read the full story: Indian master chef gets fresh at 'world's best restaurant'

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Simply smashing spring drinks
April 23rd, 2012
01:00 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.

Spring is in the air, which means you're either gamboling in the grassy fields (or your nearest urban park) and looking for love, or else you're sneezing your head off and wishing one of those gamboling twerps would just trip over a rock or something. Regardless, you need a drink.

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Box lunch: A trove of tacos and pie for the Queen
April 23rd, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • 50 ways to make tacos, also known as 50 ways to make your life instantly better. - Food Network

  • One woman receives a sweet reply after sending Her Majesty The Queen a chocolate pie recipe. - Grub Report

  • Some people argued Joe Camel cigarette ads were targeted at children. Are Ronald McDonald fast food ads just as bad? - Ad Age

  • Alabama labeling laws leave a sour taste for the makers of Dirty Bastard beer. - Detroit Free Press

  • Some fishermen disagree with Whole Foods's decision to stop selling gray sole, Atlantic cod and skate because the organic chain does not consider the fish sustainable. - New York Times
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Dread solo dining on the road? Site serves up safe company
April 23rd, 2012
10:41 AM ET
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Rochelle Peachey, the founder of the dating site I Love Your Accent, is sitting alone in a restaurant, gabbing away on her cellphone, when a few minutes into the conversation, the phone she's talking into starts to ring. Busted!

Such is the length Peachey once went to in order to battle the embarrassment and awkwardness she - and so many female business travelers like her - feels when dining alone.

"I detest walking into a restaurant to request the dreaded table for one," says Peachey, who typically makes three or four business trips a month. "When I walk into a restaurant or bar alone, I feel others see me as either a woman out to pick up men or a sad, lonely spinster."

A new website called Invite For a Bite aims to change all that. The site serves as a sort of meeting place where women who hate supping solo can post invites and make plans to dine together.

Read - Hate dining solo? Site offers a solution

Previously - How to eat alone at the bar, Grazing the bar and Dining solo on the road

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All hail the grilled cheese nation
April 23rd, 2012
10:00 AM 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.

Let’s hope you don’t miss that key April deadline. No, not Tax Day. I’m talking about April 12, National Grilled Cheese Day. If that illustrious date does pass you by, not to worry: Unlike failure to file your taxes, there are no financial penalties. Plus April is National Grilled Cheese Month, so there’s still plenty of time to celebrate.

I’m pretty much of a grilled cheese purist: I just need some bread, good melting cheese and plenty of butter. But there are lots of professionals out there who think much bigger than me. Here are some of the country’s more remarkable grilled cheese sandwiches.

National cherry cheesecake day
April 23rd, 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.

Pretty please, with lots of cherries on top - April 23 is National Cherry Cheesecake Day!

What's creamy, tangy and sweet all over? Ah, yes, that would be one of the best food marriages in dessert: cherry cheesecake. The pure flavors of cherries mingling with the unique, smooth taste of cheesecake is something you'll be asking for beyond today.

Now, this can mean one of two things: You either like your regular cheesecake drowning in cherry compote or sauce, or you bake the cheerful cherry flavor right into your cheesecake. The best part is that cheesecake pairs well either way. Whether you use a ricotta or cream cheese base on your graham cracker crust, cheesecake can be a blank canvas or shine with a little embellishment.

Coffee klatsch
April 23rd, 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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