Whether you believe the concept of food as an aphrodisiac is a mere myth or based on hard facts, what’s the harm in a little experimentation? Oysters and chocolates—essentially the “his and hers” of purported libido-boosters—are two of the most well known aphrodisiacs, but others include avocados, figs and even sea urchins. Not to mention the most obvious of all: alcohol.

 

Located on Westwood Boulevard between Wilshire and Pico, the pocket of Persian restaurants near UCLA is in an area officially recognized by the City of Los Angeles as Persian Square, often referred to as Little Persia. Most menus focus on traditional cuisine and have strong similarities, while others specialize in more modern fusion favorites like Persian pizza or hybrid sandwiches.

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“Do what you love,” is an oft-heard refrain, but one that’s easier said than done. Mexico City native Jimmy Shaw has always loved to cook. But he chose what he thought was a more sensible career: advertising. Seventeen years in however, he decided he had had enough. When a serendipitous meeting led to an opportunity to open a restaurant in the Original Farmers Market, Shaw jumped at the chance to introduce the sort of Mexican spot he thought was missing in Los Angeles, the kind of place his parents might have gone to on a date.

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Years ago, the reigning restaurant power couple in Los Angeles was Barbara Lazaroff and Wolfgang Puck. With that relationship long dissolved, the title must surely go to Suzanne Goin and David Lentz. She’s the chef behind Lucques, AOC, Tavern and the recently opened Larder at Maple Drive. He’s the guy responsible for Hungry Cat Hollywood, Santa Monica and the newly expanded Santa Barbara location. Parents of three children, the couple also find time to put on a massive charitable event every year for Alex’s Lemonade.

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