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Sampler Platter: Donuts, spaghetti & heart-shaped watermelon

Spaghetti and meatballs at Little Dom's. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times.

Mobile cheesecakes, the cutest fruit in the world and one man's love affair with noodles in today's roundup of food news.

  • Heart-shaped watermelons from (where else?) Japan. Japan Probe via Boing Boing
  • Finalists for "Create Dunkin's Next Donut" contest include Grandma's Blueberry Maple Donut (blueberry cake donut with maple icing and graham cracker crunch) and the King (a Bananas Foster-filled donut with peanut butter icing and chopped peanuts). Boston Globe
  • People who had been avoiding donuts because of carbs are flocking to them as a comfort food during the recession, which has been a huge boon to Dunkin' Donuts. Ad Age
  • From mobile cheesecake in Manhattan to frogs legs on the go from the upcoming Chez Spencer truck in San Francisco, CNET catches wind of the Twitter/food truck trend.
  • An ode to the fresh O.J. cart on Bonnie Brae in Echo Park. Reservation for Three
  • From bohemian fad to staple restaurant dish: spaghetti from the 1890s to the 1930s. Restaurant-ing through History
  • Rameniac reviews Andy Raskin's "The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life," a memoir about love, sex and one man's relationship to noodles.
  • Can one family survive the 99 Cent Only Store? One mom attempts to feed her family with healthy groceries from it for one week. Momlogic

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Spaghetti and meatballs at Little Dom's. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times.

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A week of 99c only Store cuisine? Try one and a half years!! The only problem will be getting the family over the stigma of "what will the neighbors think?"


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