Some food for thought from local, national and international news sources from this past week:

–Jonathan Gold, Eric Alperin, Mark Peel and more on the best dining neighborhoods of 2009. [EaterLA]

–Early '90s flashback for the LA Times Test Kitchen. [Daily Dish]

–Anthony Bourdain pays tribute to 2007, the year the food world shifted and diners started trusting their chefs. [NYT]

–Fifty new 7-11 stores to open in NorCal. [Sac Bee]

–Food banks work directly with farmers to provide nutritious food for the hungry. [LAT]

–Cali bans trans fat in restaurants. [Sac Bee]

–Illinois Department of Agriculture confiscates questionable head cheese from Frontera Grill. [Chicago Tribune]

–Weighing the fats: Butter or ghee? [OC Register]

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