Lust ListLust List: June 2010

ONE. Unlimited Trips to Katsuya — I’m a fairly recent convert to sushi – I only really started liking it a few years ago, and I’m totally obsessed with the Katsuya restaurants here in L.A. There are several of them scattered around the city (including one about a three minute drive from me) and every single time I eat at one, I walk out full and happy. They’re famous for their Crispy Rice With Spicy Tuna Rolls, which I absolutely have to get every single time I’m there, but I also could seriously eat their Rock Shrimp Tempura Rolls every day and not get sick of them. (Actually, that’s how I feel about pretty much every single thing on their menu). I also had a drink at the Hollywood location the last time I was there called Strawberry Fields that was amazing – I could’ve sucked down six of them in one sitting – and I’ve been thinking of it ever since. There have been so many times lately where all I wanted to do was grab a friend or two and head over to one of the locations for dinner, but since it’s definitely not cheap, I have to go sparingly and save it for special occasions. So what I’m wishing for this month is unlimited visits to Katsuya. Not exactly something I can put in a shopping cart, but a worthy Lust List item all the same! – Stacey

TWO. Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Crocodile Satchel — With my new student status, I’ve been looking for the perfect sophisticated, schoolgirl tote–something more scholarly French schoolgirl than Catholic schoolgirl.   Of course, the dudes at Proenza Schouler would come up with the satchel of my dreams, in a luxe, buttery latte-colored crocodile, with a $14,500 price tag to match.  I can still dream about the PS1 bag, roomy enough to fit my assorted books and reading material, but updated from the traditional poor teacher’s messenger bag to a modern versatile design that will take me from the classroom to lunch to the office. – Kathleen

THREE. J.Crew Jeweled Maya Sandals — I first spotted these gorgeous sandals at their Upper East Side boutique (so beautiful and well-edited) during my recent trip to NYC, and immediately coveted them. Though these sandals had a dash of bling, the threaded design and pops of neon provide an understated elegance.  You could totally wear them with everything from shorts to an evening gown. Sadly at $298, they’re out of my reach this season…but you better believe I’ll be watching to see if they go on sale! – Connie

FOUR. Dinner at Alinea — One of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants (#7, to be exact) is practically right in my own backyard in Chicago, and I am dying to go sometime soon. Alinea has been a mainstay on S. Pellegrino’s Annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants list as of late, and it’s obvious why. With a world-class wine list, excellent service, and amazingly delicious 12- and 26-course(!) meals, it’s the best restaurant in the Windy City. Chef Grant Achatz has already won two James Beard awards and is considered to be on the forefront of molecular gastronomy. Every review I’ve ever read and every personal recommendation I’ve gotten from friends about Alinea have been overwhelmingly positive. Dining at Alinea is truly an experience, and at $150-$225 a person (not including wine pairings), a wonderful indulgence. – Nina

FIVE. Halston Heritage Sultry Side-Knot Gown — It’s wedding season, and that means more money for dresses I’m probably only going to wear once. Dresses like this Halston Heritage Sultry Side-Knot Gown. Its electric blue goddess-ness has cemented itself in my memory, which means I want it, I need it, I have to have it. BUT … it’s $600 – way more than I want to spend. Thankfully, my new fairy godmother, Rent The Runway (think Bag Borrow or Steal – er, I mean – but with clothes), has decreed that I can still wear it to the ball – for only $100. (Cheer!) Lust no more, ladies, lust no more. – Charli

1 Comment

  1. Bianca  |  12 September 2010 at 9:16 PM

    I was in L.A. in August for honeymoon. I’m usually a beer drinker but those Strawberry Fields at Katsuya went down smooooth. I’m still thinking about them. Being from N.Y. thought sushi was reasonably priced, drinks upped the bill!

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