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VICE MUNCHIES: How to Eat Poisonous Fugu Fish Without Accidentally Killing Yourself
Downtown LA
March 14

VICE MUNCHIES: How to Eat Poisonous Fugu Fish Without Accidentally Killing Yourself

Spoiler: Have a master Japanese chef prepare it for you.

It's not often that you sit down to eat a poisonous creature. The pufferfish—a.k.a. fugu or 河豚 in Japanese—is one of the deadliest fish out there, thanks to a naturally occurring neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin that it carries. With its toxic bits removed, however, fugu is a delicacy in Japan. Rumors abound that some aficionados keep a little poison intact because it makes the eater's lips tingle when they consume it.

CBSLA: Best New Ice Cream Treats In Los Angeles
Downtown LA
March 1

CBSLA: Best New Ice Cream Treats In Los Angeles

Founded in Los Angeles four decades ago, Chaya’s history actually reaches back to 17th Century Hayama, Japan where their family built Hikage Chaya. At Chaya DTLA, they take a modern izakaya approach to cuisine, sourcing produce from local farmers and seafood from the fishermen of Kyushu. For dessert, their new Sea Urchin Ice Cream Monaka with tamari port wine sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

LAWEEKLY: The Best Winter Cocktails Right Now in L.A.
Downtown LA
November 26

LAWEEKLY: The Best Winter Cocktails Right Now in L.A.

The weather has finally turned (well, as much as we can expect it to in Los Angeles), and cocktail menus around town have turned, too. Bartenders are in winter mode, which means more brown liquor, more spicy ingredients, a lot of citrus and apple, and a profusion of egg foams. Take a look at these cocktails and plan your next peacoat-clad barhop.

LA WEEKLY: Weird Ice Cream Is So Hot Right Now
Downtown LA
July 29

LA WEEKLY: Weird Ice Cream Is So Hot Right Now

At CHAYA Downtown, Chef Joji Inoue has put an uni ice cream sandwich on the menu, riffing on the traditional Japanese dessert Monaka, which is made with crisp mochi wafers sandwiching some sort of filling.