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All About Food

Two bands provide cool sounds, while revelers sample food truck fare

Los Angeles is no slouch when it comes to renowned restaurants and serious foodies. It may be as famous for fabulous food as it is for its film industry. And just like the movies, there's plenty of variety — from quirky mom-and-pop joints like Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles to the more traditional Spago, where Wolfgang Puck feeds pizza to the stars. Now, however, there's a new game in town — food trucks. And our intrepid reporter, AARP.org editor-in-chief Bernard Ohanian followed AARP gourmets and gourmands to a smorgasbord on wheels Wednesday night.

Food trucks are all the rage in many urban centers, and nowhere more so than the City of Angels, where there are reportedly more than 200 of them roaming the streets. In a spread out metro area known for its car culture, the food truck makes sense: who wants to battle L.A. traffic on a lunch break? Better to let lunch come to you. These mobile kitchens send Twitter announcements to tip off hungry workers to the best corners to haunt. This isn't your father's lunch truck. The offerings are often gourmet.

A sampling of food trucks delighted the crowd attending AARP's Life@50+ National Event and Expo Wednesday, the night before the official opening of the three-day gathering of members in downtown L.A. With choices like the old-fashioned ice cream in the Coolhaus truck or a famous In-N-Out burger from its restaurant on wheels, dinner was a satisfying an adventure. The beats were provided by two great bands, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and the Soul Rebels.

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