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David Beckham Studies the Art of Pasta; Martha Stewart Attempts Pole-Dancing

• David Beckham is currently enrolled in a pasta-making course in Italy. [Mirror]

• Martha Stewart practiced pole dancing on her show yesterday. [PopWatch/EW]

• Today the L.A. City Council will consider an outdoor smoking ban at restaurants and nightclubs. [L.A. Times]

• Customers wearing cowboy hats will get a free sirloin steak taco from East Hollywood’s El Pollo Loco from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today. [My Fox L.A.]

• Once a special occasion luxury, tasting menus are now largely affordable. [NRN]

• Nina Lamb, whose ex-husband Jac Holzman founded Elektra Records, cooked for The Doors, Phil Ochs, and Judy Collins and now belongs to a gourmet cooking club. [L.A. Times]

• Medical tweezers are chefs’ new tool of choice for placing garnishes on dishes. [NYT]

• Russia has instituted a ban on U.S. chicken imports. [NYT]

• Weight Watchers is suing Jenny Craig for misleading references to clinical studies. [NYP]

David Beckham Studies the Art of Pasta; Martha Stewart Attempts Pole-Dancing