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99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die via [laweekly]


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Fugu to foie gras, pizza to panuchos

By Jonathan Gold

View more photos in Anne Fishbein’s “99
Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die” slideshow.

The theme of this issue is somewhat morbid. We’ll admit to that.
We were going to call it “99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Move to
San Diego,” but it didn’t have the same ring of finality. You could
probably drive up from San Diego if you were really, really in the mood
for a maple-bacon biscuit but from beyond the grave? I’m afraid our
metaphysics isn’t quite up to that one. 


Border Grill’s green corn tamales

And as long as we’re on the subject of
metaphysics, we will also confess to being a bit judgmental, because
judgmental is what we do around here. If we’re suggesting that some
things — 99 things — are on this particular list, we’re also suggesting
that others are not. A Tito’s taco:
Eat before you die. A Pink’s
hot dog? You’re on your own.

See — you’ve barely started reading and we’ve already absolved
you of the responsibility of standing in line behind Leonardo
DiCaprio. You’ve already recouped the entire cost of the issue,
and then some.

To eat, perchance to dream, in no particular order.

Urasawa’s Fugu

Eat before you die? If you get it from the wrong guy, blowfish can be
what you taste rather immediately before you expire — tetrodotoxin,
the nerve agent concentrated in the innards, is enough to paralyze a
charging bull elephant, and is rumored to be the agent used to turn men
into zombies. Usually, we satisfy our fugu cravings at Dae Bok, the
Koreatown specialist that cooks the blowfish into a spicy, garlicky
stew, but everybody should experience, at least once, the translucent
petals of fugu sashimi prepared by Hiro Urasawa
in its early spring season. But be warned: If the toxins won’t get you,
the size of the check just may. Urasawa, 218 N. Rodeo
Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 247-8939.

Bulgarini’s Goat’s Milk Gelato

Angeles is a world capital of so many things, including, it turns
out, goat’s milk ice cream. Delicieuse, in Redondo Beach,
is the most obvious source, sporting reams of literature about the
health benefits of goat’s milk and eight flavors of ice cream made with
the stuff, all of them delicious but none of them particularly goaty.
And then there’s Leo Bulgarini, the Zen gelato master of Altadena,
who amps up the strong, animal taste of his goat’s milk gelato by
tossing goat cheese into the mix along with a handful of toasted,
unsweetened cacao nibs for maximum pungency — it’s petting-zoo gelato,
gelato you can almost imagine nibbling on your sleeves. Leo recommends
that you pair it with a glass of rose prosecco from Valdobbiadene. Bulgarini
Gelato, 749 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena. (626) 791-6174.


If you’ve been to a local farmers market midwinter, you’ve probably
seen these things — lumpy, glowing, pale-green vegetables, the size of
footballs bisected on their horizontal axes, plunked down near the
counter at any Weiser Family Farms stand. If you’re at the Pasadena
farmers market, there may be a Caltech student or two nearby, admiring
the peculiar geometry of the vegetable; fractal pyramids flowing in
tight logarithmic spirals, cruciferous Fibonacci series, galaxies
expressed in the medium of cauliflower. Nudge the postdocs out of the
way and take one home. Made into a salad with pureed anchovies, roasted
whole with a dribble of olive oil or sliced and sautéed with garlic and
capers, the nutty, deep-flavored Romanesco is the queen of winter
vegetables. weiserfamilyfarms.com.

San Nak Ji

I have read more about cephalopod nervous systems in the last couple
of years than most of the people of my acquaintance, and I’m still not
sure about the morality of eating this dish — which is to say, the
tentacles of a humanely dispatched octopus, served chopped and still
wiggling on a platter. The predominant school of thought states that the
tentacles move purely by reflex, like beheaded chickens or the
twitching frog legs many of us encountered in high school biology.
Another theory, which begins to make sense when your next bite starts to
crawl up your chopsticks, claims that the octopus brain is rather
decentralized, and that the suckers adhering to the roof of your mouth
are still very much alive. Imagine a dish so delicious that it
occasionally outweighs pretty serious ethical concerns. That’s san
nak ji. Masan, 2851 W.
Olympic Blvd., Koreatown. (213) 388-3314.

Sherry Yard’s Kaiserschmarrn

Everybody who hasn’t been to Spago since the 1980s knows exactly what
to get there — pizza, chopped Chino Ranch vegetables, and pasta with
goat cheese and broccoli. They’re the dishes that made California
cuisine famous, that fed Hollywood and made Wolfgang Puck
America’s first celebrity chef. Except that Spago hasn’t really served
those dishes in a while: Puck’s and Lee Hefter’s
palates lean more toward the Austrian palette than toward the pizza
party, and the one dish that has remained on the menu for the last dozen
years has been the beet layer cake with goat cheese and pumpkinseed
oil. Which leaves longtime Spago pastry chef Sherry Yard’s
Kaiserschmarrn, an ethereal, fluffy pancake served with strawberries.
What does Tony Curtis
have in common with Emperor Franz
Josef I? Do you even have to ask? Spago, 176 N. Cañon Drive,
Beverly Hills. (310) 385-0880.

Tito’s Old-School Tacos

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Top 10 Beach Cities [AskMen]


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Top 10: Beach Cities

By Nick
Travel Specialist

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Top 10: Beach Cities

The top 10 beach cities
Sydney – Credit: iStockphoto.com

to water is the main factor when considering building a settlement,
which is why there are hundreds of major cities across the world built
next to stretches of glorious beach
and glittering ocean. So, as summer approaches, we track down some of
the world’s best beachside cities (which we’ve narrowed down to
settlements of more than 100,00 people), whose sandy fringes act as an
integral part of their structure, atmosphere and overall identities. So
slap on that sunblock, slide on those shades and head to one of our top
10 beach cities.

Number 10

Venice, ItalyVenice - Credit: iStockphoto.com

Body of water the city borders: Adriatic Sea
Population: Around
Average temperature in the winter: 40°F
temperature in the summer:

Built on water, Venice
was destined to rank as one of our top 10 beach cities. Its beaches are
often overlooked, however, given the meandering canals, gondola rides
and stunning architecture
that take up most of visitors’ precious time. When they get past those
attractions, they’ll find that the romantic
Italian city is actually home to some of the most hush-hush beaches in
Europe, where nature and history collide.

Best beach: Venice
Lido is one of the world’s best-kept secrets, and is only 10 minutes
away from the throngs of tourists that congregate around St. Mark’s
Square. An 11-mile island that stretches between the open sea and a
lagoon, the sands of Venice Lido play host to some of the most stylish
Italians off the catwalk. Excelsior and Des Bains are Lido’s best
private beaches (belonging to hotels), but there are two public beaches
to be found on either end of the white sandbar if you’re too cheap to
check in.

Number 9

Mumbai, IndiaMumbai - Credit: iStockphoto.com

Body of water the city borders: Arabian Sea
Around 13,662,885
Average temperature in the winter: 75°F

Average temperature in the summer: 85°F

Mumbai is the
financial, commercial, industrial, and celluloid capital of India,
and it’s where Bollywood dreams are made. Built from the ground up on
its colonial foundations, Mumbai is one part glitz, with flashy
skyscrapers and designer stores, and one part poverty, with slums and
seedy neighborhoods. Built next to the Arabian Sea, another one of
Mumbai’s points of interest is, of course, the beach. Juhu Beach, which
sits just outside of the city center, is lined with Mumbai’s best
hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, and it’s where the business bunch
like to come and play. Mumbai’s deep-water port is also an essential
component of the beachside city, managing over half of India’s maritime

Best beach: Fringed by Marina Drive on the
western side of the city, Chowpatty Beach is Mumbai’s most charismatic
beach. There are donkey rides, stalls selling bhelpuri (a savory snack
favored in the region) and a huge man-powered Ferris wheel to be ridden.
When the sun sets behind the Arabian Sea, Chowpatty Beach turns into a
carnivalesque scene with astrology readings, plays, monkey shows, and yoga
demonstrations happening right on the sand. The beach also doubles as
the venue for the annual Ganesh Chaturthi festival, during which giant
statues of the elephant god are thrown into the sea. This is beach-going
India-style, and there are no apparent rules or regulations.

Number 8

Sydney, AustraliaSydney - Credit: iStockphoto.com

Body of water the city borders: Pacific Ocean
Average temperature in the winter: 54°F
temperature in the summer:

Although many people
still think that Sydney is the capital of Australia,
it isn’t — that would be Canberra. Sydney is, however, no less
important to Australia’s success as a travel destination; in fact, more
people seem to visit it than the country’s actual capital, which
doesn’t seem fair. Nevertheless, with showstopping architecture,
such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge
(incidentally, both by the water), a vibrant nightlife
scene, and more natural beauty than in the rest of the world’s cities
put together, it’s not hard to see why Sydney is the beating heart of
modern-day Australia (as well as one of the world’s top 10 beach
cities). As the country’s biggest metropolis, there’s much to see and
do, but one of the biggest draws is undoubtedly the beaches that lie
just behind the clutter of the city’s glass-fronted buildings.

Best beach: A magnet for those who love the combination of
beach and city life, Bondi Beach is the most photographed stretch of
sand in Australia (and Australia’s one hell of a big country!). Famed
for its excellent surfing
conditions, Bondi is long, well-kept and full of gorgeous people
taking to their boards and riding the waves.

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