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Sampler Platter: Find L.A. food trucks, pet-friendly restaurants and win 52 free dinners

September 23, 2009 |  6:00 am


Finally, an easy way to keep up with all of Los Angeles' fancy new food trucks. Plus, a cooking lesson from Christopher Walken.
-- Finding it difficult to keep up with L.A.'s burgeoning nouveau food truck scene? Ever wish someone would collect their locations into a handy website? Now some mad genius has! Find LA Food Trucks
-- Christopher Walken cooks a chicken. YouTube
-- The 50 best things to eat in the world, and where to eat them. L.A.'s one mention: Fosselman's Ice Cream in Alhambra. Guardian
-- Pittsburgh welcomes world leaders with open-faced sandwiches. And pirogi and spaetzle. Los Angeles Times
-- BLD's chef de cuisine Diana Stavaridis is now Tweeting about her nightly plat du jour at @BLDchefD.
-- The Virginia Avenue Project, an after-school program that provides one-on-one mentoring to help kids, is sponsoring a sweepstakes in which the winner receives 52 free meals at a variety of L.A. restaurants: Fig, La Grande Orange, Mastro's Steakhouse and more.
-- OpenTable releases a list of the top top 10 most pet-friendly restaurants in the U.S. including the Farm of Beverly Hills.
-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: DeAnna Pappas of "The Bachelorette" and then-fiance Jesse Csincsak enjoy a meal with their pet. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times