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Tea time in Malibu, New York loves L.A., a fish taco contest, and new fries at Wendy’s. Let’s start from the top…

Who doesn’t love a good tea time? Starting next week, the Getty Villa hosts Tea by the Sea—an afternoon ritual inspired by the Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow in the Villa’s perfectly manicured Roman gardens. Tea is served in the museum’s Founder’s Room which over looks the Villa. Nibble on savory sandwiches, sweet scones, or gourmet tarts before continuing the afternoon with a culinary-inspired tour of the gardens. Who knows? You might encounter the tarragon plant used in the aioli of your tea-time panino. The weekly event begins on Thursday, December 2, 2010 and will continue every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. with garden tours at 2:30 p.m. The menu is $36 per person and a free, advanced ticket from www.getty.edu is required for admission into the Villa. Reserve your spot here . (by Christina Liu)

Most New-Yorkers have never really gotten our fair city—especially our food—which is why I was so giddy to see Frank Bruni’s L.A. dining redux in the New York Times Magazine . Bruni writes: “Uncommonly ambitious cooking in unconventionally blunt, humble, even improvised contexts: if a single theme captures the arc and essence of dining out in America right now, that’s it. And if you had to pick a single place to study and savor it, you could do no better than L.A., a city in unrivaled tune with the restaurant times.” Take THAT Michelin! He goes on to praise restaurants like Lazy Ox, Animal, and Tavern, and gives the thumbs up to trends like Pop Ups (Test Kitchen and Ludobites get shout-outs) and food trucks. Speaking of which, there’s a lobster roll truck coming (The Lobsta), and an awesome Armenian-food truck recently debuted (Hungry Nomad). Just thought you should know.

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are teaming up with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute  for a fish taco recipe contest. The winner will get to serve his or her creation on the Border Grill Truck  for one day. They’ll also earn a three-night stay at Loewes in Santa Monica and a “cash prize” (quotes theirs, not ours). Visit www.alaskafishtaco.com  for info and to enter.

As a die-hard fan of both french fries and a Wendy’s  (I don’t eat much fast food, but when I do I prefer my burgers square and my cup filled with chocolate Frosty), I had to be sure to put the word out that Wendy’s has launched a new, fancy fry which sports skin (ooooo) and sea salt. I’ll be dunking mine in—say it with me—a chocolate Frosty!