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Lunch Room Chatter: A taxable moment

The latest in food news, ideas and philosophy, just in time for your lunch break.

* Say hello to our little friend: The Post’s freshly redesigned Web site. (WaPo)

* A taxable moment: D.C. Council member Jack Evans wants food trucks to start paying sales tax. (Capital Business)

* Water is the essence of life (and cooking). It’s also a column of charging tanks. (NY Times)

* President Obama does his best Don Rickles impersonation at Gridiron Club dinner. (WaPo)

* Next up on the gastronomic front: baby cuisine. (LA Times)

* The solution to beer bars with endless rows of tempting taps? Half-pint glasses. (Chicago Tribune)

* New York’s best combo deals: where to shop and dine. (Side note: AWCE thinks one of the Voice picks should officially change its handle to “Unnamed Jewelry Store.”) (Village Voice)

* Upscale tapas restaurant in Sendai is now a soup kitchen serving a cup of broth and a slice of tepid pizza for $20. (WaPo)

* Another review of “Modernist Cuisine.” The critical commentary is approaching the length of the cookbook itself. (New Yorker)

* At least it’s not the blood of virgins. (NY Daily News)

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.

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