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[Updated] Combo Plate: Sharp knives, a foodiots weekend, pine mouth and more

July 23, 2010 |  6:02 am

--This weekend is shaping up to be a foodie's delight: The annual Long Beach Street Food Festival takes place at Rainbow Lagoon Park, near the 710 Freeway and Shoreline Drive from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. And if you leave midafternoon, you can drive up to the Rose Bowl to make the L.A. Street Food Fest. [Updated: An earlier version of this post said the L.A. Street Food Fest would be in L.A. It will be in Pasadena.]

Then, on Sunday morning, you can join Yoga for Foodies at Akasha Restaurant for "deep stretches, great tunes, and locally sourced, farm-to-table food." You can also join Joshua Lurie of Food GPS as he hosts a progressive dining tour of Beverly Boulevard with stops at Eva, MILK, BLD and The Golden State: "Each chef-owner will introduce a plate, treat or drink. I’m looking forward to sharing the chefs’ picks with participants." [Updated: An earlier version of this post said the Yoga for Foodies event was on Saturday morning. It is Sunday morning. And the post also said the dining tour was in Beverly Hills. It is in Los Angeles.]

--If you want to learn knife skills, who better to teach you than Chicks with Knives? When they're not hosting private sustainable suppers around the city, they offer classes. Knife Skills 101 takes place on Sunday Aug. 8 in Hancock Park. No hands-on cooking, just everything you need to know about slicing, dicing, knife sharpening and the like. Bring your best 10-inch chef's knife.... 

--Eating pine nuts can be hazardous to your mouth. It's true! Our Health blog has the story.

--Back together again: Jeffrey Saad, the Bel-Air real estate agent who came this close to winning "The Next Food Network Star," will meet up with TNFNS judge Bobby Flay on "Grill It! with Bobby Flay" this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in an "All About Bass" episode.

--Hear, hear! The L.A. City Council has asked departments to find ways to make sure that leftovers don't go into the garbage but instead go to feed the needy.

Have any links or story tips for Combo Plate? E-mail me at rene.lynch@latimes.com.

-- Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times