WHERE WERE YOU BORN: Cairo, Egypt
HOW LONG IN LOS ANGELES: One year
NEIGHBORHOOD: West Hollywood
WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST NOTABLE PERSON IN LOS ANGELES? Sam Nazarian. He grew up in Los Angeles and has been a huge catalyst in building the modern-day restaurant and nightlife scene.
IN LOS ANGELES, YOU MOST ADMIRE: Wolfgang Puck
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Besides XIV, Pizzeria Mozza. Sometimes I go to L.A. just to eat their pizza.
BEST SUSHI: Urasawa. I’m always amazed and wowed with my experiences each time I go there.
BEST PIZZA: Pizzeria Mozza
BEST ETHNIC FOOD: I love the dumplings and noodles at Din Tia Fung in Arcadia.
BEST PLACE FOR LATE NIGHT DINING: Pink’s Hot Dogs
BEST DESSERT: Lamill Coffee Boutique
BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DATE: Bazaar. It’s fun to experience and try so many different tastes and textures.
BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH: BLD
COOLEST CLUB/LOUNGE: MI-6
BEST PLACE FOR A POWER BUSINESS MEETING: The outside patio of Chateau Marmont
ALL-AROUND FAVORITE SPOT IN LOS ANGELES: Farmers Market at The Grove
IF YOU HAVE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS, WHICH HOTEL WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? SLS Beverly Hills Hotel
FAVORITE SHOPPING VENUE/BOUTIQUE: Fred Siegel
BEST PLACE TO BUY JEWELRY/WATCHES: Wanna Buy a Watch on Melrose
BEST SPA: Ciel Spa at SLS Beverly Hills Hotel
FAVORITE CHARITY EVENT: American Food & Wine Festival
FAVORITE CULTURAL EVENT: Taste of LA
FAVORITE CULTURAL INSTITUTION: Hollywood Bowl. It’s a great place to listen to live music.
BEST ASPECT OF LOS ANGELES: Old architecture, neighborhood diversity, proximity to the beach, and wonderful weather.
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