This Halloween, I dare you to try some scary good Squid Ink treats.
This liquid, secreted from cephalopods as a defense mechanism against predators, is considered a delicacy. It contains dopamine and free amino acids like taurine to get your party going.
Because it's black in color, it's often used as a dye, and also by chefs to add a devilishly rich umami flavor.
Here's a list of Squid Ink treats to try from LA to OC.
Hostaria del Piccolo, Santa Monica
- forget Italy, this pizza whisks you away to Asia with umami, earthy, seaweed 'n celery salt, Tonno Nera Pizze Bianche with Squid Ink Dough, Fresh Tuna, Green Onions, Mozzarella & Pizzaiola Crudo Sauce $18
Little Spain, Los Angeles
- crowd favorite, sea salty, bittersweet, clam juicy, fluffy rice Paella Mariscos with Clams, Mussels, Scallops, Calamari, Shrimp & Squid Ink $12
The Dock, Newport Beach
- sweet 'n tender, umami, citrus 'n pesto, Main Diver Scallops with Squid Ink Risotto, Blistered Tomatoes & Passion Fruit Vinaigrette $38