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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The following interview was conducted before Amy Pressman’s untimely passing on September 30, 2011. She had been privately battling cancer the previous six months while continuing to work on the opening of Short Order and Short Cake, the culminating project of her career that she referred to as her “swan song and happy ending.”

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