That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight eating all alone
April 26th, 2012
06:00 PM ET
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Hi there. I'm Kat. You may know me from Daily Show writer Miles Kahn's popular screenshot above, or its subsequent appearance in countless blog posts such as Jim Romenesko's "Thank you, CNN!" or Videogum's "Tips for Solo Dining" or Jezebel's "We Just Really Want to Make Sure You’re Cool on the ‘Eating Alone’ Front." Oh, and now The Soup's "My Dinner With Entrée."

I'm sorry about ruining TV journalism for everyone while not looking anything like the world's most beautiful human, Beyonce, but I really do dig eating alone sometimes. On purpose, even. Not just because of my hideous deformities and "man face" (thank you, internet commenters!).

Not everyone enjoys solo dining, though, and that's such a shame to me. Plenty of people don't think twice about sitting alone in a restaurant, out of necessity or preference. Armed with a book, a phone, people watching or their own quiet thoughts, they're good to go.

5@5 - A prime rib primer
April 26th, 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.

The meaty madness of springtime grilling comes to a crescendo on Friday, April 27, with National Prime Rib Day - and really, is there any cut of meat more decadent and rich than a well-marbled prime beef rib?

Though the prospect of preparing the indulgent cut can be daunting, advice from experts like Steve Byrne of Tavistock Restaurant Group will have you firing up a perfectly cooked steak every time.

Five Tips for Prime Rib Supremacy: Steve Byrne

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April 26th, 2012
10:30 AM ET
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Ashley Strickland is an associate producer with She likes perfecting pineapple upside down cake, tackling English toffee, sharing people-pleasin' pizza dip and green soupcajoling recipes from athletes and studying up on food holidays.

I’ll always remember the summer of 2008 as a dream come true, full of rock concerts and soft pretzels.

Like many other families across the country, we were perfecting the art of the “staycation.” People were rediscovering the glory of their own cities, neighboring towns, and even their backyards.

But perhaps the greatest gift of that season was our summer tour of concerts. For two music lovers like my mom and me, concerts were manna from heaven.

Not wanting to indulge in a heavy meal before we danced around and sang along with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Keith Urban, Foreigner, Bryan Adams or the Steve Miller Band, one snack emerged as our concert-day favorite.

But we ignored the chemical-laden, overpriced food at the snack bar and tailgated beforehand with homemade salty soft pretzels.

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April 26th, 2012
10:15 AM ET
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The culinary delights of Copenhagen
April 26th, 2012
09:15 AM ET
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Stereotypes of Danish cuisine inevitably feature visions of streaky bacon and swirly pastries. But trail-blazing restaurants like the two Michelin-starred "Noma" have ushered in a fashion for so-called "New Nordic Cuisine" that has seen bon vivants straining their vocal chords in songs of praise.

Copenhagen, the stylish Danish capital, is leading the way in this North European culinary revolution. Indeed, the latest edition of the Michelin Guide awarded the city's restaurants an impressive 14 stars - more than any other of its Scandinavian counterparts.

But the city is also dotted with eateries for all occasions and tastes, offering more than just Michelin starred fine dining. Here is CNN's at-a-glance guide to Europe's new culinary capital.

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