Combo Plate: A new chef at Street, lobster fest, burger love and more
-- Chef Robert Danhi is taking over at Street -- for the night. On Sept. 29 starting at 6 p.m., he'll be in charge of the menu, inspired by his James Beard-nominated cookbook: "Southeast Asian Flavors: Adventures in Cooking the Foods of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore." Scheduled to make an appearance: shrimp sambal with coconut rice, at left. Price: $40. Reservations are advised. Danhi will also sign books.
-- Here's a shocker: In-N-Out burger and Five Guys landed at the top of a Consumer Reports survey of fast-food burger joints. You can eat with your eyes over at Huffington Post.
-- Like lobster? The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival runs Friday through Sunday at Rainbow Lagoon in Shoreline Village Drive. There will be music, arts and crafts booths, and beer and wine gardens. For kids, there will be storytellers and more. And, of course, there will be lobster, flown in nightly from Maine's coastline. Advance tickets start at $13 but go up at the gate, and children are free. Lobster dinners start at $25. OriginalLobsterFestival.com
-- Also this weekend: Hotel del Coronado is hosting a California wine weekend that celebrates homegrown grapes and includes cheese and chocolate tasting, and that gorgeous setting. Click here for package details.
-- Would you like some entertainment with your produce? The Wednesday night farmers market at Northridge Fashion Center will include live music through early November.
-- Daily Candy is looking for the next big thing. They're polling the public for the best startups to get behind in the categories of fashion, fun and food. Among the picks to choose from: Nella pasta, and Homeroom, a mac-and-cheese restaurant.
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-- Rene Lynch
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