If you want the real inside scoop on Los Angeles, who better to tell you where to feast than Josiah Citrin, the chef and owner of one of LA’s most feted restaurants, Mélisse. The master chef will offer a new special cocktail pairing and food menu utilizing Bombay Sapphire gin through the third week of August in conjunction with Food & Wine‘s 25th Anniversary: Best New Chefs Program. This should tell you one thing: when Josiah Citrin whispers his gourmet secrets, you listen very, very carefully.

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Where were you born ?
Los Angeles
How long in Los angeles:
45 years
Santa Monica/Venice
Chef/ Restaurateur
Favorite Restaurant:
Best Sushi:
Kiriko and Shunji
Best Italian:
Angelini Osteria and Vincenti
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Oceana Hotel, Santa Monica
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best Spa:
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Favorite Charity Event:
Alex’s Lemonade
Favorite Cultural Event:
Wednesday night Jazz night at the Hollywood Bowl with good friends.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Getty
Best Steakhouse:
Chi Spacca
Best Pizza:
Best Lunch:
Having lunch by the pool at the Oceana Hotel. Enjoying a Dauphine Cocktail prepared with Bombay Sapphire East Gin, Cucumber, Lemon and Sea Salt. The citrus notes pair perfectly with the Ahi Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Cucumber and Citrus Vinaigrette.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Equinox and Studio MDR
Best Massage:
Dr. Bosten, Bosten Chiropractic
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Best dessert:
Diane Citrin’s Apple and Marion Blackberry Pie
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
Tasting Kitchen – The Duck Confit Scramble, Sauteed Spinach paired with the Navy Sour, prepared with Bombay Sapphire East Gin. The Vietnamese black peppercorn notes of the gin add just the right amount of spice to cut the fattiness of the Duck Confit.
Best place for a power business meeting:
Best Pizza:
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
: Santa Monica Beach, Station 26
Best aspect of Los Angeles
Cultural diversity
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