The lunch of heroes: 'The Avengers' sparks interest in shawarma
May 18th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Warning: The following contains minor spoilers for "The Avengers."

Odds are if you had never heard the word "shawarma" before this month, you have by now.

Towards the end of the box office juggernaut "The Avengers," Iron Man - played by Robert Downey Jr. - asks the rest of the superhero team if they've ever tried shawarma because he heard there is a good restaurant for it nearby.

In an extra scene that hardcore fans know was shot mere weeks ago, we witness Thor, Captain America, Bruce Banner and the rest of the heroic clan quietly enjoying shawarma after casually saving the world.
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iReport: Feeding a heart that's hungry for home
July 7th, 2011
08:00 AM ET
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Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011. The week will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.

In 2011, food is no longer tied to a specific location. Thanks to the internet and an explosion of restaurants with food from around the globe (not to mention good old family tradition), CNN iReport's Cultural Census shows that you can eat any kind of food you want without traveling far.
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