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Combo Plate: Cheeseburger smoothies, 'MasterChef' kicks off, adventurous grilling and more

July 27, 2010 |  1:18 pm

-- I like to think of myself as having a cast-iron stomach. But this makes me ... queasy. Check out Eater's fun story on the smoothie wars: Jamba Juice fires back at McDonald's with Cheeseburger Chill Smoothie.

-- Are you making room in your life for another cooking competition? "MasterChef" starts Tuesday night.

-- Grilled avocado? Hey, don't look at me. Go to YumSugar and take its "Are you an adventurous griller?" survey.

-- Word! Times Business columnist David Lazarus calls for a clearinghouse that connects restaurants and caterers that have meals to donate with groups that can deliver them.

-- In an effort to draw visitors to Chinatown after dark, the city of Los Angeles will unveil a month-long series of nighttime festivities starting Aug. 7, including food kiosks and cooking demos.

-- You're headed to the gym or for a bike ride after work. Should you sip a sports drink before, guzzle it afterward or stick with water? The answer, according to sports nutrition experts, is … it depends.

-- Are you a plate stacker? Well, then, that's why your waiter hates you: [Chow]

-- Rene Lynch
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