Flier died from airline meal, says family
December 2nd, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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As it deals with fallout from its bankruptcy announcement, American Airlines is also facing the wrath of a family who claim their loved one died after eating a meal served by the carrier.

The wife and daughter of the late Othon Cortes of Miami are suing the airline and Sky Chefs for more than $1 million, alleging he ate food contaminated with bacteria during a flight from Barcelona, Spain, to New York.

The incident happened on May 18 after Cortes consumed an in-flight meal that allegedly contained chicken, according to a lawsuit filed last week in the U.S. District Court in Miami.

Family: In-flight meal killed flier

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Cheesecake for breakfast? Yes, please!
November 29th, 2011
07:00 AM ET
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I had just loaded up a plate at the breakfast buffet in my hotel in Warsaw, Poland, when I noticed the other guests making a beeline for a small table just off to the side from the main spread.

That’s when I saw it: A silver serving platter full of perfect little slices of cheesecake topped with an apricot glaze.

It was 8:30 a.m. and I had already made plenty of choices from the European breakfast fare on display: freshly-baked rolls, sliced cheeses, and a selection of cold cuts, pâtés and other meats.

Still, I didn’t hesitate for a second.
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Hooked on cowhorn peppers (and possibly "happy hormones")
August 1st, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Come summer, it’s not unusual for me to fall apart during dinner and shed a few tears. No, there’s need for cheering up, thank you, but please pass the tissues.

The waterworks come courtesy of cowhorn peppers growing contentedly in a big flower pot outside my window and burning my mouth to a crisp every time I take a tiny bite out of one or add a sliver to my favorite sauce.

I’m not a spicy food person. I know a lot of people will go out of their way to order anything with the “hot” symbol on the menu, but I’m not one of them. I have a low tolerance for it and I’ve never been big on breathing fire at dinner.

Yet here I am, choosing to turn all red and teary-eyed during home-cooked meals - something I wouldn’t dare do in a restaurant.
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No Golden Ticket? Chocolate tours for all
May 26th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
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"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." - Charles M. Schulz

Traveling to beautiful places is already sweet, but the journeys can get decadent if you succumb to the power of chocolate.

Chocolate tourism is big, as luscious bonbons, pralines, pastries, cakes, cookies, mousses and other delights have chocoholics all over the world craving classes and museums devoted to the heavenly food.

You probably already know about Hershey, Pennsylvania; Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco; and other destinations for chocolate-lovers closer to home.

Here are five more decadent spots in Europe for chocolate lovers on CNN Travel.

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