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Sampler Platter: Lobster, burgers, the Lab & Rivera

March 20, 2009 |  1:04 pm

Bogavante a la Gallega by Spanish master chef Jose Andres. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez, Los Angeles Times T.G.I. Friday's food news from around the blogs ...

  • Lobster is the new bologna. Wait … WHAT?! In Canada, it's true. CBC.ca
  • Caroline On Crack dubs The Lab "a beginner's gastropub."
  • Rivera bartender Julian Cox debuts his spring cocktail menu today: Purple Rain, Smoke on the Water, O.P.P., Sage'd & Confused. Food GPS
  • A Hamburger Today reviews The Bucket in Eagle Rock -- with a nice bit about the history of the joint.
  • It's hip to be square. L.A. & O.C. Foodie reviews assorted dessert bars from Westside-based bakery Sweet Square.
  • The largest major chocolate show on the West Coast, the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon, happens this Saturday.
  • Grocers who try to compete with Wal-Mart on price often take a worse sales hit. Daily Bread
  • Kean Coffee in Tustin will have its long-awaited opening on Monday. Probably. Fast Food Maven

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Bogavante a la Gallega by Spanish master chef Jose Andres. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

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