Dining with the Stars: Obamas Say Aloha to Alan Wong’s in Honolulu; Clooney Tucks in to Rocco’s Tacos in FL; Lady Gaga at RPM in Chicago + More

“Buy my tequila. Doctor’s orders.”

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

* President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined with family friends at Alan Wong’s in Honolulu. [KHON]

* Southern food maven Paula Deen breakfasted at Asellina in New York’s Meatpacking District. [NY Post]

* Sly Stallone took the ladies in his life to dinner at BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles. [Daily Mail]

* Liev SchreiberNaomi Watts, and Kate Bosworth were spotted at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. [People]

* Henry Kissinger and former Senator Bob Kerry showed up for the power lunch at The Grill Room at the Four Seasons in New York. [NY Post]

* Michael’s in Manhattan’s midtown played host to politicos and CEOs, including New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Oxygen Media founder Geraldine Laybourne. [NY Post]

* Newlyweds Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively came down from the ‘burbs to dine at Nobu Fifty Seven in Manhattan. [People]

* On-again couple Katy Perry and John Mayer caused a commotion when they were spotted exiting Osteria Mozza in West Hollywood. [NY Daily News]

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Congress Calls Pizza a Vegetable; Lime as Garnish or Weapon; Diabetic Chefs Share Strategies; Art Smith on Thanksgiving with Lady Gaga; Best U.K. Restaurants of ’11

A polar bear reacts to a Thanksgiving dinner invitation in Little Diomede Island, Alaska.

Dining news from around the Intertubes…

* Children of America, rejoice! Congress rules that pizza is a vegetable. [Slate]

* Waste not, want not. Chefs and farmers team up in the U.K.’s Trafalgar Square to feed 5,000 from cooking scraps alone. [Huffington Post]

* A chef reflects. Chef Dean Fearing discusses his eponymous restaurant and Dallas’s burgeoning food culture. [Pegasus News]

* Suhweet. Sam Talbot (The Surf Lodge) and other chefs discuss their strategies for creating and eating delicious food while living with diabetes. [TIME]

* Sundays with Tom. Keller, that is. The famed French Laundry chef shows off a new delicious breakfast dish. [TVNewser]

* Thanksgiving with Gaga. Chef Art Smith talks about his upcoming appearance on the Lady’s T-Day special. [Daily Beast]

* Stop or my mom will juice. A chef’s purchase of limes comes under suspicion. [News Track India]

* From the ‘Captain Obvious’ files: Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday for most chefs and restaurant workers.  [Washington Post]

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Eight Dishes That Should Be 86’d; Caveman Cuisine; An iPhone As Dinner Date; Ellen and Lady Gaga to Open Eateries; Best New Restaurants in Canada

An OpenTable diner snapped this cellphone picture of the Geico cavemen dining at Sauvage in Berlin.

Dining and restaurant news…

* Give me liberty. The Liberty Tavern, that is. That’s where President Obama dined with four fortunate supporters last week. [Obama Foodorama]

* Your time is gonna come. And by come, the HuffPost foodies mean go, for these eight played-out dishes. [HuffPost Food]

* So easy a caveman could eat it! Food from the Paleolithic era is all the rage at a restaurant in Berlin. Bring your own club. [Daily Mail]

* In the foaming. Is molecular gastronomy hurting fine dining? I doubt it, but some people in D.C. seem to think it is. [NBC Washington]

* “And, my Blackberry will have….” You’re not dining alone if you have your smartphone. [Washington Post]

* And if you don’t have a smartphone? You can hire a dining companion, if you happen to be in Vegas. I haven’t spent a lot of time in Vegas, so maybe this isn’t as weird as it sounds? [Las Vegas Vegas]

* Somebody bring me some water. Apparently, it’s what most folks are drinking while dining out. [NY Daily News]

* The Art-ful Gaga. Lady Gaga’s father is set to open a new restaurant with Chef Art Smith (Art and Soul). Because of her aversion to the telephone, we’re hopeful it will be on OpenTable. [Delish]

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Top Chef Just Desserts Episode 5: Let’s Get Some Shoes…

Gail Simmons's dress isn't edible, but she still looks delish.

We’re counting down the days until Le Bernardin’s Michael Laiskonis gets his turn at the judges’ table on Top Chef Just Desserts (next week!), but for now, he’s in the hot seat, dishing it out about all the sweet and not-so-sweet goings on in this week’s episode.

So, we’re seeing some alliances have formed in the competition. Are there mini-kitchen cliques in general?

Sure, there are, but a smart cook realizes it’s important to make friends with everyone, because when it really hits the fan, it’s nice knowing that you don’t have to worry that someone’s got your back. At its worst, the atmosphere in the kitchen can be like trench warfare. Best not to play favorites.

How do you do soufflés for a QFC so that they don’t fall? Also, any good soufflé war stories?

While I do soufflés rarely now, in the past, I’d do dozens in a night. The key is simply controlling all the variables — the recipe, proper whipping of the egg whites, and filling of the ramekin, and of course, time and temperature. In a restaurant situation, worst case scenario, you make another one and wait it out. My worst case: A cook once forgot to add the cornstarch to a chocolate soufflé base; the guests eventually got their dessert, along a few extras while they waited!

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