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

— Marion Nestle's overview of the White House Obesity Report. [The Atlantic Food Channel]

People dropping cakes: the video. [The Amateur Gourmet via Daily Dish]

— The cheesesteak pretzel. Stop this right now. [The Awl]

— The eco-myth of Trader Joe's. [Utne Reader]

Will trade child for beer, or how fast can a convenience store clerk call DCSS. [Huffington Post Food]

— Nobu and Wolfgang both opening in Malibu pier in 2011. Finally, the surfers get some good food. [Grub Street]

— From food on 4 wheels to food on 2 (or, improvements in carbon footprinting): the Popcycle debuts in Silver Lake. [LAist]

— A Florida woman pulls a stun gun after her Wendy's take-out bag comes without condiments. [Newser]