Eat before you die? If you get it from the wrong guy, blowfish can be what you taste rather immediately before you expire -- tetrodoxin, the nerve agent concentrated in the gallbladder and ovaries, 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.