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Combo Plate: waffled grilled cheese, hangover 'helpers,' celebrating the black truffle and more


--Adding to the menagerie: Eating L.A. tells you why Black Cat Bakery -- taking up residence in the old Mani's space on Fairfax Ave. -- is such an appropriate name. (And it's not just because it joins Black Dog Coffee and Animal in the neighborhood.)

--Got some Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket? Patina celebrates the black truffle next Tuesday and Wednesday with multi-course menus that include a black truffle peasant salad, butter poached Maine lobster with truffle, and a brown butter truffle sorbet for dessert. The three-course menu starts at $95.

--I could have used this three days ago: The Guardian offers up hangover cures from around the world. And at least one of them -- you'll know it when you get to it -- just might make you sick.

--Get Bizzy: Mashable's 10 apps to watch in 2011 includes Bizzy, poised to compete with Foursquare for sharing your favorite things to see, do, buy, eat ...

--Best idea I never thought of: The Spiced Life offers another use for that waffle maker -- waffled grilled cheese, above -- inspired by Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, "Waffles from Morning to Midnight."

Got any links for Combo Plate? Always on the lookout for something newsy, yummy, funny or weird.

-- Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

Photo: Waffled grilled cheese. Credit: The Spiced Life

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