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Evelyn Iritani was a longtime economics correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, where she got to feed her curiosity and voyeuristic tendencies while covering headline events around the world. Her reporting has taken her from a prison in the Philippines to a bombed-out mosque in Pakistan to some of the most elite boardrooms in Asia. It also allowed her to explore many exotic markets, where she indulged her love of bargain-hunting and street food. In 2004, Evelyn won the Pulitzer Prize for a series she co-authored on Wal-Mart’s impact on the global economy. An interest in Japan, her family’s ancestral homeland, was the inspiration for her book, “An Ocean Between Us: The Changing Relationship of Japan and the United States Told in Four Stories from the Life of an American Town.” Since leaving the L.A. Times, Evelyn has worked with Saylor Co., a high-stakes PR firm, and Message, an L.A.-based communications agency, and she recently started her own company, Dancing Horse MediaShop.  In her spare time, she loves making wickedly rich desserts and herding cows in Montana.

Cafe Triode manager Yo Endo pours a glass of wine at the cafe. Credit: Evelyn Iritani

Yo Endo would be the first to tell you he doesn't know a lot about wine. What he does know is how to sell

Lunch from Tsukushi in Otaru, Japan. Credit: Evelyn Iritani

As a visitor, I've always been alternatively intrigued and frustrated by Japan's food culture. Intrigued because I know that behind almost every shoji door or

Humba, the king of a gorilla family living at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Evelyn Iritani

I gaze at the 400-plus-pound silverback in what I hope is a submissive fashion. I was warned not to stare. But Humba, the king

A fishing vessel in the Bering Sea. Credit: Greenpeace

Trader Joe's has rocketed from 15th to third place on Greenpeace's 2013 sustainable seafood scorecard based largely on the retailer's decision to sharply reduce

A Greenpeace protest at a Trader Joe's store. Credit: Greenpeace

I'm a Trader Joe's groupie. So I was thrilled when my Hawaiian-shirt-clad friends announced that they would be purchasing all their seafood from sustainable

Paul Simon is a physician and director of Los Angeles County's Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. Credit: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

In this tweet-driven, entertainment-focused world, it's hard to break through the clutter. But the giant bus advertisement featuring two plates of bacon, eggs and

Churchkhela, a specialty of the Caucasus. Credit: Evely Iritani

If they ever map my DNA I am convinced they will find a gene for omiyage.  It will have been passed onto me through

Neal Carter, president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, picks an apple from one of the company's trees. Credit: Okanagan Specialty Fruits

What if you could buy a Granny Smith apple that tasted just like the real deal but wouldn't discolor if left on your plate?