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Sampler Platter: Presidential chili, taco trucks, Wi-Fi cafes and more

January 19, 2009 |  3:20 pm

Barack Obama Eats at Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington DC
After a brief hiatus, Sampler Platter returns.

  • What's the worst thing about being a food writer?

Probably the two dozen mediocre plates of lamb barbacoa I sometimes end up working through before I find one worth writing about. But even then, I'm still eating lamb barbacoa — how bad could it be?
-- Jonathan Gold, restaurant critic for the LA Weekly, in an interview with Eats.com

  • Ben's Chili Bowl does boffo biz after Barack visits. The Caucus
  • KCRW radio show Good Food wants you to e-mail it the name and location of your favorite taco truck in Los Angeles.
  • Downtown L.A. has another Wi-Fi hot spot: Urth Caffe. Blog Downtown
  • Which is worse, the fact that this soda is pine-flavored or that it's called Whizz? FAIL blog
  • Little Debbie peanut butter crackers join a recall that includes cookies, cakes, ice cream and peanut butter-based foods that may be contaminated with salmonella. AP

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: President-elect Barack Obama reaches for napkins at Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington D.C. (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)