Eat This: Popcorn Ice Cream

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Popcorn Ice Cream: And Nutella Custard. And Toast Strudel. And Passion Fruit. They're all on the dineLA Restaurant Week prix fixe menu at XIV by Michael Mina.

dineLA Restaurant Week: This winter 2010 version started on January 24th and has its final day on Friday, February 5th.

# of eateries: 200+

Including XIV: The sumptuously chateau-y Michael Mina restaurant is offering a $44 dineLA dinner menu, that includes three courses. Within those three courses you have three things to choose from. Tantalizing: Wild Mushroom Risotto, the XIV Caesar Salad, Parsnip Soup (complete with apple, horseradish, and maple foam), the Bitter Chocolate Cream and Pear Sorbet, and, that Popcorn Ice Cream.

Salty + sweet: Is there a better basic culinary friendship? We don't know of it.

Except: Cotton candy + a posh room. Simon LA's been putting out the sticky-finger pink stuff with their dineLA dinners.

Which gives us an idea: Dear dineLA, hi. How are you? Before your next Restaurant Week, why not do a Dessert Week? Half-price sweets at a hundred swanky spots? Gives it a sugar-fresh spin. But even if you don't take our suggestion, no worries. Just keep on bringin' those wallet-friendly Restaurant Weeks back around.

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