First Lady hosts first-ever “Kid's State Dinner”
August 20th, 2012
06:00 PM ET
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The White House often extends dinner invitations to its friends across the globe – from Downing Street to Hollywood Boulevard – the executive branch rolls out its own version of the red carpet hosting State Dinners for queens and kings, prime ministers and other heads of state.

But this time, the invitations were not intended for the likes of Queen Elizabeth or George Clooney and the attendees who arrived at the White House on Monday were not commanders of countries or glitterati. In fact many of them stood less than five feet tall, girls in breezy summer dresses, hair adorned with bows or flowers and boys clothed in crisp white shirts, ties knotted tightly at their necks. As they walked across the tiled floor, pausing to give interviews to the press, many of them were surprisingly confident despite their short stature and lack of political sway.
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August 20th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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Eating well while traveling doesn't always mean hitting up the newest, hottest and trendiest locales. Besides, given the notoriously high failure rate in the restaurant industry, chances are the memorable new restaurant you try this year won't be around in the years to come.

Those who want a side of history with their dinners - and a higher probability for a return visit - should seek out some of America's wonderful, still-thriving historic restaurants, from the centuries-old steakhouses in Manhattan to San Francisco's 100-year-old seafood counter, Seattle's midcentury four-star, and the Tex-Mex breakfast spot that Austin, Texas, politicos, from Lyndon B. Johnson onward, have called home for decades.

Read the full story on CNN Travel: 10 of America's best historic restaurants

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Capturing summer in a Mason jar
August 20th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Ashley Strickland is an associate producer with CNN.com. She likes twisting her own soft pretzels, perfecting pineapple upside down cake, tackling English toffee, sharing people-pleasin' pizza dip, sunflower cheesecakes and green soup and cajoling recipes from athletes.

Each year, I can tell by the languor of the tomato vines in our backyard that it’s time. They recline like some exhausted 1940s Hollywood starlet, even though we’ve already relieved them of their burden.

The kitchen countertops become laden with fiery red, homegrown tomatoes. Garlic, onions and bell peppers appear in the kitchen in bulk, while fresh herbs disappear from the garden and local grocery store and take up pungent residence in the refrigerator.

Add a quartet of the largest stock pots to the stovetop, and the ritual has begun. It’s time to capture the last sunset of summer in a jar.
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National lemonade day
August 20th, 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.

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and no one knows that better than the CEO of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Liz Scott, who is celebrating National Lemonade Day today, August 20!

Unofficially founded in 2000, Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a charity that collects money for pediatric cancer research and raises awareness for the disease. It’s not just any charity, though – it’s a charity founded by a then-four-year-old child who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma before she even celebrated her first birthday. But rather than lie in bed, depressed and helpless over her battle with cancer, the child decided to truly take lemons and turn them into lemonade.

According to the charity’s website, Alexandra “Alex” Scott told her mother she wanted to help other kids in her situation by raising money for cancer research. And like every great American entrepreneur, she started with a lemonade stand. Sadly, Alex lost her battle with cancer, passing away at the age of 8 in 2004.
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August 20th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
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World-renowned chef, author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Colombia in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, April 28, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

In the days counting down to my trip to Colombia, I daydreamed about the culinary delights to come. It was my first time traveling to South America and nothing excited me more than the food: exotic fruits fresh off the tree, full-bodied coffee from the richest beans in the world, and succulent steaks in a country known for its beef production.

I traveled with my boyfriend, who was born in Pereira, one of the three main cities making up Colombia’s “coffee axis.” I begged him to give me an idea of what to expect on my plate. In the past, he had regaled me with stories of eating cow’s tongue for Christmas dinner and drinking juice from tropical citrus fruits whose names I could hardly pronounce. What foods would I be bragging about when I arrived back home to the States?

“Well,” he said, thinking a moment. He shrugged. “Colombia is pretty famous for its potatoes.”
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