Gorton - a Granite State gem along the primary trail
January 10th, 2012
09:30 AM ET
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Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe. Jeremy Harlan is a CNN photojournalist currently covering the New Hampshire primary. He has a hungry baby and he loves Vienna sausage.

"His name must be Mikey, because I think he likes it."

First, my name isn't Mikey. Second, I ate Life cereal almost every morning of my childhood and this particular "it" tasted nothing like Life. Third, I wanted to tell my fellow Nashua, New Hampshire diner patron that I wasn't ready to proclaim my fondness for this new taste.

I have found myself in the Granite State for my third Presidential campaign cycle. I think I've been in at least half the state's diners - most while shooting candidates pressing the flesh, posing for photos, and pleading for votes. For me, these events usually involve side-stepping pie displays, barging in on folk's breakfasts, and generally being a pain in the sides of hard-working cooks and waitresses.

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Pancakes and politics – the finer points of the diner meet and greet
January 9th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
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Steve Kastenbaum is a CNN Radio National Correspondent, currently covering the New Hampshire primary. He previously wrote about the mystique of the Brooklyn bagel.

A presidential candidate wouldn’t dare campaign in New Hampshire without making a stop at a diner. Sometimes they’ll hit several in one day. As they look over the menu to figure out what suits their tastes, patrons size up the presidential candidates here in the same way.

The Red Arrow Diner sits on a side street in the heart of downtown Manchester. The historic landmark has been here since 1923. There’s almost always a wait for a seat. The corned beef hash and the fried haddock sandwich are favorites among the locals and first timers struggle to eat every bite of the generous tall stack of pancakes.

But they also serve politics here and that’s the real draw. The walls of this old diner are lined with photographs of just about every presidential candidate who ran for office over the past few years, Republican and Democrat.

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Best Places to Live 2011 – clam cakes and chowder in Galilee, Rhode Island
August 24th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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CNN Money is in search of the Best Places to Eat in America, and they're asking readers to share their favorite hometown dishes and explain why they're so loved.

iReporter Natalie Montanaro is a Rhode Island native, but she spends her time in rural Romania teaching English and introducing other projects. Between trips, she likes to come back and savor the flavors of her home state.

In her iReport "Clam Cakes and 'Chowda'", she extolled the culinary delights of the nation's smallest state, writing. "You can't beat the taste of Rhode Island when it comes to seafood, and as kids we all couldn't wait to dive into the clam cakes and chowder here after a day at the beach. Salty's Landing is new here at Galilee, but it's one of the best in the state for that crunchy/creamy combination I've loved since the old days."

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March 30th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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