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U.S. Northeast Digging Out From Massive Blizzard; Fashion Week in New York; Eating Dirt

Aired February 11, 2013 - 04:00:00   ET



If you are ever home for a snow day, you can watch our show at That`s what a lot of people up in the northeastern U.S. might be doing today, because over the weekend, they got hit by this - - massive blizzard. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power, as for the snow -- usually when we talk about a snowstorm, we talk about how many inches fell. This time, it was feet. Plural. Officials from all over the region are responding to the storm.

GOV. DAN MALLOY, CONNECTICUT: This has been a record-breaking storm with snow falls reported as great as 38 inches.

AZUZ: Do not get out on the streets and get stuck, because then we can`t get the plows and to clear declare the streets to get the power back on.

MAYOR CORY BOOKER, NEWARD, NEW JERSEY: We are asking all city residents to do what we do best -- which is to look out for one another.

MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, NEW YORK CITY: The storm brought plenty of snow, a bout a foot in a lot of areas of New York City, but we certainly avoided the worst of it, and our thoughts go out to the people in Connecticut and Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

AZUZ: You want to see what it looks like when a blizzard piles up outside your door? Watch this I-report and watch the table. The who took this said his patio got around 37 inches of snow. Eventually, look at this: it starts to cover up the camera. After all that builds up, the next step is for people to you know what -- dig out.


INDRA PETERSON, AMS METEOROLOGIST: We`re here in the north and trying to find some residents, trying to shovel their vehicles out of all the snow, over two feet of snow, 24.9 inches, to be exact.

Tell me, sir, what is your name.


PETERSON: And how long is it taking you? I can see you`re trying to dig your vehicles out of here? How much work is it?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: About half hour. I`ve got my girlfriend and two good friends with me. We`ve gone from car to car and Kristen`s car is up next.

PETERSON: How many hours have you been out here already?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Since almost the sun has come up. Long day, but it`s got to get done today. We have rain coming in. And I don`t want to freeze it and just be that much more a backbreaker.

PETERSON: That was my next question. Are you planning to open up your business tomorrow?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sure. And -- definitely. If the door isn`t open, we can`t sell our merchandise.


AZUZ: Of course, there are risks with this kind of severe weather. Several accidents related to the storm ended in tragedy.


PETERSON: Unfortunately, we do have tragic news of two deaths here in Massachusetts. A 14-year old was helping his father clean up some snow. He got called, he got back in his vehicle, but they forgot to clean the snow off the tailpipe, so he passed away from carbon monoxide. And the second gentleman, the 20-year old gentleman was found in his vehicle, suspected carbon monoxide there as well. Sad side of the story.


AZUZ: You can`t see carbon monoxide, you can`t smell it either, but if you are breathing this gas, the effects can be fast, and they can be serious. Carbon monoxide comes from combustion fumes, like in a car or a gas stove. When those things are in a closed-off space, the fumes can build up. That`s why you shouldn`t run your car in the garage if the door is shut. Carbon monoxide poisoning can make you nauseated, it can make you pass out, in some cases like what happened in Massachusetts, it can be deadly. So, you want to avoid letting carbon monoxide build up in closed-off spaces, and get a CO detector for your house to help stay safe.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s first "Shoutout" goes out to Ms. Henderson`s social studies class at Greenbrier Middle School in Evans, Georgia.

What industry are twill, herringbone and bird`s eye associated with. Here we go, is it the food industry? Fashion industry? Gardening industry or financial industry? You`ve got three seconds, go! All these patterns help dress up the fashion industry. That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."


AZUZ: Ralph Lauren, Tracy Reese, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, if you`re a big name in the fashion industry, you`re in New York right now for fashion week. There are dozens of designers, thousands of industry professionals, but the event has just as much to do with the financial world, as it does with the fashion world.


ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: People think it`s all glitz and glamour, but the reality is, you can be going to fashion shows from 9 in the morning until 10 at night.

What designers do during fashion week, is they show clothes for the next season. It takes six months, really, for clothes to come down the runway and make their way into the stores.

Once those clothes leave the runway, they go right back into the designer showroom, and then buyers come in. Those buyers come from stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale`s. Once they play their orders, the clothes have to be made.

There`s a trickle-down effect, whether it`s a belt, or collar or a shoe. Something similar you will be able magazine to buy. Also, magazine editors see looks that they like from the runway, that they want to shoot for their magazines. A lot of the editors often joke that by the time they see the clothes in the store, they are sick of them, because they saw them six months ago. But for the average consumer, they are new, and that`s why they sell.

The politics of the front row at a fashion show. There are three major categories. Top editors, buyers, and, of course, celebrities. So editors of top magazines, these are people who will be making decisions about what kind of clothes appear in the magazine. So, of course, it`s in the designer`s best interest to have those people in the front row, where you can see not just the clothes, but the clothes move on the model. People might say, why would celebrities attend? We`re talking about exposure. And it`s a win-win for the celebrity and the designer.

Fashion week is invitation only. You have to be invited by the designer. You can`t bring your guests. Unless you are a top editor like, say, Anna of Vogue. Anyone who is buying the clothes, or writing about the clothes, will be there.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Time for a "Shoutout Extra Credit". Which of these words is related to cooking or the kitchen? You know what to do? Is it culinary, didactic, sartorial or verisimilar. Put another three seconds on the clock, and go!

Culinary comes from the Latin world for kitchen. That`s a tasty answer. And you "Shoutout Extra Credit."


AZUZ: Sauteed worms, chocolate-covered ants, fried butter. There might be a shortage of appetite for some of those things, but there is no shortage of creative culinary concoctions. Take, for example, a chef in Japan who is cooking up a really earthy flavor for his diners -- dirt. As in dirt. We`ll let Alex Zolbert dish out the dirt on it.


ALEX ZOLBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Toshio Tanabe studied the culinary arts in France. These days, though, it is fine dining restaurant in Tokyo he is dishing up the dirt.

Literally, buckets full of it.

"This is the seafood restaurant", he tells us, so we have the flavors from the ocean. I was looking for flavors from the earth. Germophobs can take some comfort, perhaps, the special nutrient-rich soil is lab-tested and heated to extreme temperatures before being mixed into the menu. But Tanabe`s special tasting course is anything but dirt cheap. About $110 per person, and what`s on the menu tonight? "A starter of dirt soup", he informs us, potato with dirt sauce, and the main course, flounder and risotto with more dirt. And yes, it is a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

(on camera): I`ve been told to eat dirt before once or twice, but this is a new experience. Mooshy (ph).

TANABE: Mooshy (ph).

ZOLBERT (voice over): Delicious.

And to top it all off, a scoop of dirt ice cream. And what do tonight`s diners think?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): It is a unique ingredient, and it`s pretty tasty. And when we asked Tanabe what`s next, he says, he`s not sure. This idea just came about naturally, taking the idea of organic to a whole new level.

Alex Zolbert, CNN, Tokyo.


AZUZ: That`s what Courtney told me on Facebook yesterday. "Seems organic." Joey says, "I`d love to try it. If you can stomach dirt, you can stomach anything." Nick asks, "If it`s going to harm you, why not try it? Who knows? Maybe it will become my favorite dessert." Wendy wonders, "If they`ll serve up sand cake! I would never eat that in a million years!" Jenna would. "You never know something is good until you try it."

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Our last segment today is about another edible item, but this is one you`re probably more used to -- bacon. And at this bacon fest in Iowa, it goes in everything. Best way to make those cookies -- bacon them. And this spicy number is fit for a queen, the bacon queen. Seriously, there is a competition, and the woman who wins the crown, gets to -- or has to wear the dress. She`s guaranteed to look sizzling. Hopefully, the other contestants aren`t pork sports. But if they are, that`s swine by us.

Hope you have a great rest of the day.