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Larry Levine

Former news reporter, political consultant since 1970. Lives in Los Angeles, he travels throughout California for work. Has traveled throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and to all parts of the U.S.

Here's the deal.

I love food. I love to shop for food, cook food, eat food and talk about food.

If the day comes when I arrive at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter is a guy in a tux who greets me with, "Your table is ready, sir," then Iíll know the hereafter wonít be such a bad place to be after here. And if he adds, "the lady is already seated," then Iím good for eternity.

Throughout my bachelor years and beyond, I frequented the old great haunts of Los Angeles - Scandia, Perinos, The Windsor Room, The Captainís Table, the Oyster House and more. I miss them all, but I donít feel at all deprived. There are enough great restaurants throughout California today to meet anyoneís needs. My goal is to discover as many of them as possible.

Iím fortunate that the woman I married Ė Jennifer Ė shares my love of food and restaurants and that my work and leisure travel allow me to discover gems in every corner of our state.

After more than 50 years of roaming around California as a news reporter and political consultant, I have developed a network of friends and colleagues who waste no time in letting me know of worthy new restaurants in their areas. Friends have said that if there is a good restaurant within 100 miles I will find it.

The common ingredient that will weave its way through the restaurants I recommend will be satisfaction Ė restaurants where you can enjoy quality food in a comfortable setting in the company of friends and relations, who will end the evening hoping for a reprise.

--LARRY LEVINE