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Obama's Great Eastern Dumplings and Drama

Great Eastern Restaurant. [Photo: Flickr/Paul Churcher]

OBAMA — The President snagged dim sum to go this afternoon at Great Eastern Restaurant (649 Jackson). He signed the Shark Conservation Act last month, but there's no way that he knew that the restaurant still serves shark fin soup. [ISSF;SFGate]

POP-UPS — Outrageous Food guy Tom Pizzica shall serve his pork Belly Burgers alongside a DJ spinning old-school hip-hop and guest carts each Tuesday night beginning March 6 at Circolo (500 Florida St.). Rocky's Fry Bread and Soul Groove are the opening night homies for what Pizzica has dubbed Tue.Pop. [EaterWire]

EXPANSIONWIRE — La Condesa, the Mexican restaurant with locations in Austin and Napa Valley, is planning on opening a new outpost in Los Angeles (target date: early 2013). Laura Sawicki, the pastry chef at La Condesa was just named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Pastry Chefs. [LAT, Eater Austin]

AWARDS — The nominees for the 2012 IACP Awards in the food writing categories contain only a few Bay Area names and sites. The region is represented extremely competently by candidates such as Bi-Rite's Sam Mogannam, 4505 Meats' Ryan Farr, and [Eater National]

Bi-Rite Creamery

3692 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 626-5600

La Condesa

1320 Main Street, St Helena, CA 94574

Great Eastern Restaurant

649 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA