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If you’ll be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, lucky you.
Your phone's confiscated.
Your fingerprints are taken.
You're going to prison.
But don't worry, it's just for lunch.
The Clink Charity opened its third restaurant this week inside Brixton Prison in south London.
The meals are cooked and served by actual prisoners at restaurants located inside prison walls as part of a training and qualification program to help them prepare for life on the outside.
When it comes to post-slopes imbibing, not all drinks are created equal.
The long-beloved tradition of après ski is changing, as curated experiences and educational opportunities become more popular from Aspen to Jackson Hole to the Dolomites in Italy. Whether the brew comes to you (a pop-up champagne bar) or you go to the source (a ski-in distillery with tours and spirits geeks to answer all your questions), après ski is becoming more engaging and cerebral.
Take your ski vacation this year with a side of spirits knowledge at the following spots.
As a non-sports aficionado, my attraction to game day festivities has been solely food focused. So naturally, I noticed how potato chips have taken less and less space on the snack table to make room for tortilla chips and guacamole.
Although potato chips continue to be the top-selling salted snack in terms of pounds sold, tortilla chips have been increasing in sales at a faster pace than potato chips, especially during this time of year, according to Tom Dempsey, CEO of the Snack Food Association.
And, it's not just tortilla chips selling at such high rates either.
One reason Sicilians tend to identify with Sicily first and Italy (a distant) second?
The same goes for Veneto in the north or Puglia in the south.
Italy is a young country - it only celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2011.
Despite the successful export of the "Italian restaurant," the idea of a unified Italian cuisine is something many Italians reject.
Instead there are regional dishes, sometimes with tastes as different as you'd find between countries.
The first time the South Korean factory owner watched his North Korean employees nibble on a Choco Pie, they appeared shocked - even overwhelmed.
He summed up their reaction to the South Korean snack in one word: "Ecstasy."
Much like what Twinkies are to Americans, South Korea's Choco Pies - two disc-shaped, chocolate-covered cakes, sandwiching a rubbery layer of marshmallow cream - are ubiquitous, cost less than 50 cents and are full of empty calories.
But on the other side of the Korean border, the snacks are viewed as exotic, highly prized treats, selling on North Korea's black markets for as much as $10, according to analysts. Their rising popularity in the north reveals an unexpected common ground between the two Koreas, despite their fractious relationship - a shared sweet tooth.
Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing says his customers are no longer interested in stiff French service. He's opting for a warmer, American model of hospitality, and his staff of being retrained to offer hospitality with a smile and read the guests.
Mayor Bill de Blasio bit into some unexpected publicity recently when he was photographed politely eating pizza - with a knife and fork.
At a Staten Island pizzeria, no less.
Now, the act that sent the Internet into a frenzy with chatter about what most New Yorkers scorn as a serious food flub portends to deliver some dough - as in money - to charity.
Goodfella's Pizzeria co-owner Marc Cosentino says he will auction off the infamous fork that de Blasio used in a charity fundraiser.
Editor's note: Our pals at CNN Travel take a great global view on food culture. They'd like for you to weigh in with your favorites.
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Which is why, having taken the plunge, we want to turn this particular piece over to you, and ask: which country has the best food?