Baseball's best new bites
April 8th, 2013
11:30 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.

I can already tell it’s going to be a great year for baseball. Not just for teams like the Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers (models that I don’t understand predict they’ll be the best). It’s also going to be a terrific year for hungry baseball fans.

Stadium food isn’t necessarily cheap. Eatocracy recently asked, “Would you pay $16.50 for ballpark crab salad?” which is sold at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park. (My answer would depend a lot on how many 14-ounce, $6.75 cups of stadium beer I’d drunk.)

But assuming I had a lot of money and a ticket to get into every ballpark across the nation, here are some of the new places around the country where I’d want to chow down.
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April 2nd, 2013
12:30 PM ET
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Monday was opening day for baseball - the start of the season when many fans flock to their favorite stadium. But a day at the ballpark can get pricey, especially if you include the cost of food and drink to get through nine innings.

Classic baseball refreshments like hot dogs and beer can vary widely in price depending on the ballpark, CNNMoney found when it surveyed the 30 major league teams.
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Snackin' brackets! March Madness-friendly food and drinks
March 28th, 2013
03:00 PM ET
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As much as I try to have an invincible bracket, I’ve never even placed high enough to win any cash. (Thanks a lot, Gonzaga.)

So, I’m resigned to my fate again this year. Still, I have devised a plan that’s win-win, or at least win-while-losing. I’m going to support a random bunch of my picks by consuming some of the awesome food and drinks they might be associated with - and name check some places that do a particularly good job of serving them.

On to the tourney. Go Louisville!

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Lords of the wings
February 1st, 2013
11:00 AM ET
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It’s Super Bowl time, and chicken wing statistics from the The National Chicken Council are flying around fast and furious.

  • If you’re determined to lay 1.23 billion chicken wings end-to-end, you’ll find that they stretch from the Niners' Candlestick Park in San Francisco to Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium 27 times.
  • In a poll, more wings fans preferred ranch dressing on the side than blue cheese. Ranch gets 57 percent of the vote; blue cheese is at a shockingly low 35 percent.

But, it’s time to stop talking about chicken wings and start eating. Here are six places to find some excellent ones.
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Chia seeds and 'Power Man' salads: ranking the Super Bowl diets
January 25th, 2013
03:45 PM ET
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Finally, we’re down to two teams for Super Bowl XLVII, to be held February 3 in New Orleans. It’s the Baltimore Ravens up against the San Francisco 49ers. It’s the Harbaugh Bowl: Ravens coach John Harbaugh versus his brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
 
Do you know what I want to know about Harbaugh v Harbaugh? Nothing. I’ve already heard enough. I also have more info than I can handle on Ravens superstar linebacker Ray Lewis playing his last NFL game.
 
I do have some questions about both Super Bowl-bound teams, though. Namely, what are they eating? Who has the most outrageous diet? I did a little research so I could pick my Super Bowl diet winner.
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The secret of the 'heaving bowl' – how jockeys make weight
October 23rd, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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From the moment the ancient Greeks held the first Olympics 2,700 years ago, our picture perfect image of elite sportsmen has revolved around the oiled, ripped, macho body.

But not all our leading sports stars fit the stereotypical bill of chest-thumping demigods.

Some, such as jockeys, instead go to extreme lengths to stunt their growth - sometimes down to the size of a pre-pubescent child.

In an industry where just a few extra pounds can rule you out of a multi-million dollar race, jockeys are put under enormous pressure to meet miniature weight requirements.
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Let the games begin ... at the restaurant
August 3rd, 2012
01:00 PM ET
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It was an all-Chinese women’s final this year in Olympic table tennis, and Xiaoxia Li took the gold. (In fact, China has won 22 of the 26 gold medals since table tennis was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1988.)

Whether you’re feeling inspired by China’s dominating Olympic performance or just want to get away from a long, boring conversation at the dinner table, here are several spots where you can eat great crispy prawns and improve your skills at table tennis or other games, like shuffleboard.

And for those with an eye toward the 2016 Olympics, here's some inspiration: The US has not a single table tennis medal to its name.
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Dining at the Olympic Village
August 3rd, 2012
10:00 AM ET
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Swimming superstar Michael Phelps once claimed he scoffed up to 12,000 calories a day. Usain Bolt's big sprint rival Yohan Blake says he chomps 16 ripe bananas every 24 hours.

A tiny Japanese athlete easily tucked away 50 pieces of sushi after training, while another marathon runner gobbled plates of raw mince.

Or how about the weightlifter who drinks the first milk of a cow that has just given birth?

With extreme eating habits like these, it may be some surprise to learn that within the Olympic Village there lurks a culinary trap that can potentially tip athletes over the fine line between success and failure at London 2012.

Competitors spend years honing their bodies to perfection, scrupulously eating the right foods, avoiding the wrong ones ... and then?

They encounter the Olympic Dining Hall.

Read the full story – "Food, glorious food: Olympic athletes' extreme eating habits"

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Carbo-load like an Olympian
July 30th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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As the London 2012 Olympics get rolling, it’s a good time to salute one of the world’s greatest athletes, Michael Phelps. His name is, of course, synonymous with his extraordinary swimming ability and a record-setting eight gold medals in Beijing in 2008.

But for me, the first thing I think of when I hear Phelps’s name is his exceptionally large calorie regimen.

Whether you’re on a similar five-hour-a-day, six-day-a-week training circuit as Phelps, or whether you just want to eat in a manner that he would appreciate, here are a few places where you can go way overboard on the carbs and calories.
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