10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow

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Los Angeles Lakers Center Pau Gasol

You hate the word that LA Weekly used recently to describe the Lakers' center Pau Gasol when they called him "the team's resident foodie," but when you read the interview with him you get the idea. He frequently eats at The Bazaar, has particular opinions about where to eat Italian food in Los Angeles (Pizzeria Mozza and Amarone), and backs up the assertions of many that Spain has the best food in the world. NBC's headline was even more declarative: Pau Gasol: Foodie. "This is the Laker you want to take you out to dinner. And he can afford it, too," they quipped, noting his three-year, $57-million contract extension. Hey, Pau, over here. (Now can we do something about that word? Maybe f#$die?)

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