Wife stealing, compulsive chewing and artisanal carving – the cool history of ice in America
August 10th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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I have a problem. It's called pagophagia. I'm a compulsive ice eater.

While some people may crave chocolate and others can't function without coffee, my vice is ice. I'm not alone.

Recently, I was in the CNN cafeteria filling four (count 'em, four) 32-ounce cups chock full of ice (my morning ice run). A woman approached me and said, "Ah! Someone else who's crazy about ice!" She then pointed to a co-worker at the salad bar and said, "We meet up here each day to get our ice together."

Kumbaya! I had found more of my people, and we bonded over the ice machine.
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November 25th, 2010
06:30 PM 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. Today's contributor Eden Pontz is Executive Producer at CNN's New York Bureau. She ate Thanksgiving dinner at her desk today. At CNN's D.C. bureau, White House Sr. Supervising Producer Stacia Deshishku and Homeland Security Producer Mike M. Ahlers corralled images of their feast.

When you work in news, you’re accustomed to working holidays. As the saying goes, "News doesn't take a vacation," so neither do we. Well, not all of us, at least. But for those of us who do work any given holiday, there's a special camaraderie, and depending on the day, a food bonus as well. Thanksgiving would be one of those days.

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This just in: 24-hour journalists will eat absolutely anything
November 25th, 2010
03:20 PM 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. Today's contributor Eden Pontz is Executive Producer at CNN's New York Bureau. She is eating Thanksgiving dinner at her desk today.

It's the most dangerous time of the year...for my waistline.

The holiday season is here, and while many people look forward to department store holiday windows, early-bird shopping specials and visits with family and friends, I find myself looking forward to the variety of foodstuffs that make their way into the workplace.

Cops may get a bad rap for spending their down-time at the donut shop, but journalists in the cable news industry deserve a much worse rap for eating, well, absolutely anything, at any hour, in any place. And I admit it - I'm as guilty as anyone in this respect.

For instance, recently one of our production assistants came into the newsroom with a plate full of spring rolls and shrimp cocktail. Stop the presses - food has surfaced in the newsroom! Applying my skills of investigative journalism, I asked her where she'd gotten her bounty. She replied, "The break room down the hall. I got extras - try the shrimp!"

I continued my interrogation gathering intel on these...er...delicacies. Where did the food come from? How long had it been there? "I heard it was brought in for a corporate meeting earlier today, and the leftovers were moved to the break room after Newsroom finished airing," she said. Old line producing skills came into play as my internal clock back timed - I estimated the food was probably not more than 6 hours old. Fast forward - I ate the food.
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