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Sampler Platter: Hot dogs, cupcakes, tacos & Padma

July 20, 2009 |  4:25 pm

Wienermobile CrashCheap hot dogs, giant cupcakes, Padma Lakshmi as a sitcom star? A cupcake that weighs more than you do? Wienermobile gone out of control? All this and more in today's food news roundup.

  • The newly revamped Wienermobile crashes into a Wisconsin house.
  • Long Island man claims he's reverse-engineered KFC's secret fried chicken recipe. New York Post
  • California's new law that requires chain restaurants with more than 20 outlets to post the calorie count of menu items is already causing some menu changes. Sacramento Bee
  • An interview with Doug Quint, proprietor of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Gothamist
  • Lobster: cheaper than hot dogs? Money
  • I Was a Baby Bulimic: A terrific story from NYT's former restaurant critic Frank Bruni about his somewhat tormented relationship with food.
  • Padma Lakshmi signed a development deal for a half-hour sitcom in which she'll star as a woman working in the culinary world. Variety
  • Earlier today, @BorderGrill's 1,000th follower won 20 free tacos from the new taco truck.
  • "World's Largest Cupcake" award goes to a 151-pound cupcake. World Record Academy

--Elina Shatkin

Photo: Tom McCauley / Journal Times/AP.