Irish Pubs; Obama Foodorama; Clam Invasion; Animal Dudes;

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Writer Bill Barich laments the disappearing pubs in Ireland.  Bee Wilson finds food fraud all throughout our history. Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook own Animal restaurant and sing the praises of pig trotters.  Nancy Ransohoff lets us in on her favorite Santa Barbara restaurants. And Jack Bishop from Cook's Illustrated weighs the merits of real vanilla extract, versus the imitation variety. Asian clams invade Lake Tahoe says Steve Chilton. Eddie Gehman Kohan blogs about the food world of Obama. Plus Laura Avery takes us through the Santa Monica Farmers Market.