Food Paradise: Subs, Grinders and Hoagies

Subs, grinders and hoagies -- depending on what region of the US you live in, these are 3 of 13 possible names for this sandwich served hot or cold, on Italian or French bread. Dig in!

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A crocodile's bite is 10 times more deadly than the bite of a great white shark. 960 1280

  

In Papua New Guinea, restaurants serve crocodile meat with turmeric to create a tasty stew. Some people believe eating croc meat can cure asthma. 960 1280

  

Monitor lizards grow up to 9 feet long. A single bite can cause an allergic reaction that could lead to death. 960 1280

  

A female monitor lizard can carry 30-40 eggs. The eggs are usually boiled in water and eaten as a treat in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

In the Philippines, monitor lizard meat is usually cooked with coconut milk and chili. Filipinos believe eating the meat can help treat heart and liver problems. 960 1280

  

In 2008, a small village in the Philippines became deathly ill after eating the cooked flesh from hawksbill turtles. The turtles eat a variety of toxic sea sponges. 960 1280

  

Despite the health hazards, several villagers continue to eat the meat from hawksbill turtles. 960 1280

  

In Thailand, a cane toad's skin is covered with alkaloid, a poisonous venom. The venom can enter the body through a cut or by eating the toxic critter. 960 1280

  

Cooks must be skilled to prepare a dish with poisonous cane toad as the main ingredient. In Thailand, some locals deep fry the toads in garlic. 960 1280

  

A Vietnamese man skins rats after boiling them in hot water. Rats can carry a bacterial infection called leptospirosis that can liver and kidney failure. 960 1280

  

Three thousand tons of rats are consumed in Vietnam each year. 960 1280

  

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For over 90 years, The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs has been exuding culinary opulence with their Sunday brunches. 960 1280

  

It takes the Broadmoor chefs a week to create the Sunday feast, which features homemade sausages and chocolate filigrees. 960 1280

  

Las Vegas is the pleasure capital of the world, and the buffets served in hotels like the Bellagio reflect that title. 960 1280

  

Gourmet buffets are the specialty at the Bellagio with trays of Kobe beef, suckling pig and 8 types of pizza. 960 1280

  

Located high in the Burbank hills near Los Angeles, the Castaway is a nautically themed restaurant known for its seafood. 960 1280

  

Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA, set a Guinness World Record for its 123-lb. beef burger. 960 1280

  

Visit Gauchos Village in Glendale, CA, for a little taste of Brazilian cuisine like churrasco and deep-fried bananas. 960 1280

  

Bring your sweet tooth to the chocolate heaven at Boston's Langham Hotel's Café Fleuri chocolate bar. 960 1280

  

Chocoholics indulge in over 120 desserts made from different types of chocolate at Langham's Café Fleuri chocolate bar. 960 1280

  

If you are looking for the ultimate soup-eating experience, head to Pea Soup Andersen's in Buellton, CA. 960 1280

  

Pea Soup Andersen's uses over 135 tons of peas to prepare bottomless bowls of its famous split pea soup. 960 1280

  

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The shimmering stainless steel at Rosie's Diner in Rockford, MI, gives the joint a classic appeal both inside and out. 960 1280

  

Rosie's serves hearty, home-style meals and a round of golf on the 18-hole miniature-golf course outside. 960 1280

  

With classic 1950s decor, Ed Debevic's in Chicago is not only well-known for its food, but for its fun-loving servers. 960 1280

  

Ed Debevic's Diner is famous for its simple and fun diner food, like hot dogs, meat loaf and milkshakes. 960 1280

  

The 1920s railcar known as Empire Diner has been a fixture in the artsy community of New York's Chelsea for decades. 960 1280

  

The art deco Empire Diner serves classic American comfort food with a touch of metropolitan flair, including a full bar. 960 1280

  

Rhode Island is where the American diner got started at places like the Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI. 960 1280

  

While most diners were designed only to look like railroad cars, the Napa Valley Wine Train is the real deal. 960 1280

  

Guests aboard the Wine Train can sip and swirl their wine while viewing the lush landscape of Napa Valley. 960 1280

  

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Breakfast All Day

Breakfast All Day

Breakfast All Day
At B.A.D. Burger in New York City, the B.A.D. stands for "burgers/breakfast all day" -- a perk that's on the radar of many foodies. Open 24/7, this comfort-food joint serves up classic breakfast options (steak and eggs, anyone?), as well as vegan alternatives (such as shroom burgers), for cravings from dusk till dawn -- and beyond.
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Bread Upon Request

Bread Upon Request

Bread Upon Request
There's nothing quite like warm bread right out of the oven, and many restaurants are catching on to the idea. At Fishtails Café in Newport, OR, the bread is baked fresh daily. So are the muffins, biscuits and pies.
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Sustainable Food

Sustainable Food

Sustainable Food
At Triangle Char and Bar in Mount Pleasant, SC, the ingredients are homegrown and sustainable. The head chef has developed relationships with area farmers and bakers to provide the freshest bar food around, such as burgers made from local grass-fed beef.
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Small Portions

Small Portions

Small Portions
Tapas, antojitos, small plates -- call them what you will, but this trend isn't leaving the culinary scene anytime soon. Restaurants such as Oyamel, a Mexican eatery in Washington, DC, are giving patrons the opportunity to taste many different plates at once.
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Spicy Food

Spicy Food

Spicy Food
Part of the fun of dining out is getting the chance to taste cuisines from around the world -- especially spicy ones. If you’re looking for watery eyes and beads of sweat on your brow, head to new Thai restaurant Stang of Siam in Baltimore for its drunken noodles.
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Menu Narrative

Menu Narrative

Menu Narratives
Menus can showcase a chef's vision for the food he prepares. At Pican restaurant in Oakland, CA, the menu tells the story of Southern culinary traditions; it includes complimentary corn bread and a comprehensive bourbon guide.
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Veggies for Dessert

Veggies for Dessert

Veggies for Dessert
A few restaurants are surprising diners with vegetable-themed desserts. Del Posto in New York City proudly serves celery sorbet with a fig sweet-and sour-sauce, giving patrons a great excuse to eat dessert first.
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Mobile Technology

Mobile Technology

Mobile Technology
Restaurateurs are seeing the advantages of finding technology at their tables. Lark Creek Steak in California uses tablet computers to display its menu. Diners can see photos of the farm where their steak was sourced and what it will look like when it arrives tableside.
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Fine Dining Burgers

Fine Dining Burgers

Fine Dining Burgers
A burger can be so much more than fast food. With locations in Georgia and Alabama, Top Chef's Richard Blais's Flip Burger Boutique artfully crafts burgers with toppings such as pomegranate ketchup, seared foie gras and cucumber relish -- not all together, of course.
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Fine Dining for Kids

Fine Dining for Kids

Fine Dining… for Kids
Fine dining no longer has to exclude the kids. High-end French country restaurant Sel de la Terre in Boston offers a kids' menu, with choices such as chicken fingers or grilled cheese with pommes frites. Mom and dad no longer have to sacrifice fine dining for family-friendly fare.
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