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Combo plate: Michelle Obama on the town, L.A. blogger recommendations, ditto dining and more

-- After her visit to Camp Pendleton, First Lady Michelle Obama stopped in at Lucques for dinner, and personally thanked chef Suzanne Goin for the grub, according to Obama Foodorama. USA Today reports that Obama also hit Osteria Mozza -- at the same time Ryan Seacrest was there.

-- I want: A Gin & Titonic Ice Cube Tray

-- You gotta lotta nerve showing up in New York City with a shop named the "Best Chocolate Cake in the World." [Grubstreet]

-- Next time you're in the Valley, Joshua Lurie of Food GPS suggests you check out old-school burger joint Bill & Hiroko's.

-- And Jo Stougaard at My Last Bite explains why you need to throw yourself in front of the Ta Bom Brazilian Food Truck should you be so lucky to see it.

-- Does it bother you when you go out to dinner, and your dining companions want to order the same dish? What do you -- or can you -- do about it? Pinknest has an entire philosophy.

Have some linking news for Combo Plate? Contact me at rene.lynch@latimes.com

--Rene Lynch


Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama during a visit to Camp Pendleton. Credit: K.C. Alfred / Reuters

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