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Best Bites: Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival

Ben Sargen'ts Fish Soup

Ben Sargent's Spicy Fish Curry Soup. Photo: Roberto Ferdman

This past weekend, food-crazed crowds flocked to New Jersey’s famous boardwalk for Atlantic City’s 2011 Food and Wine Festival. With a star-studded line-up of Cooking Channel and Food Network chefs behind the burners, familiar faces were abound and good food was aplenty. A celebration of everything edible, drinkable and down-right delicious, the four-day feast featured tons of loosen-your-belt-worthy eats like Ben Sargent’s fiery Fish Curry Soup (pictured above).

Like Cooking Channel favorites Ben Sargent, Kelsey Nixon and Roger Mooking we couldn’t help but join in on the festivities. From Guy Fieri’s Cheese Steak Battle to Fire & Ice (an outdoor food and booze party), we made sure to bring back some of our favorite leftovers. Here’s what caught our eyes — and stomachs.

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All in a Hard Day’s Work

Ben Sargent

Surfing, scuba diving, sunshine and sea urchins in San Diego: now we’re talkin’.

It was time to move on from the cold weather, burly man stuff. I wanted sunshine and surf and that’s just what I got in beautiful San Diego. The first thing I discovered is I need to work on my West Coast surfer lingo — “gnarly,” “rad” and “hella cool” are in frequent use. I also discovered my actual surfing skills could use some work. Compared to the locals, I was totally not “one with the ocean” that day at all.

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