Si Mangia Bene
“Don’t stop eating,” joked Nicolo Maltini, the U.S. Ambassador for Antinori, as we were leaning full bore into an excess of food, wine and family on a regular basis, without trying too hard—the kind you find in Tuscany, Italian households through the city and its suburbs, or Olive Garden.
Quite frankly, we’d like to know how the prestigious winery—now in its twenty-sixth generation, tracing back to 1385—has escaped alcoholism/obesity and the dysfunction that we assume would accompany it.
“Italian culture is to have wine with our food at our home,” explained Allegra Antinori, who deals primarily with the hospitality side of the family business. Through the pop up Cantinetta Antinori at the Mondrian Soho Hotel, “guests can understand better our lifestyle”—which is to say a real booze buffet.
What you’d expect for $160 per head.
Amy Winehouse’s untimely death was only two weeks ago, but already an e-book is being sold on Amazon. Its author is one Andy Morris, described as “a freelance journalist from Britain who lives in San Francisco” although also self-described as an American.
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Two things tend to be givens in the modern-day 24-hour news cycle: One, that something sad and tragic will invariably happen; and two, that when something sad and tragic happens, someone with a large social media following will not hesitate to immediately crack an inappropriate joke about it. (Too Read More
how to behave
Over the weekend, the world learned of troubled chanteuse Amy Winehouse’s death—and a portion thereof took to Twitter to mediate a confusing set of feelings. Many Twitter users scolded one another for caring quite so much about Winehouse’s death in light of the recent tragic attack in Norway.
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According to soon-to-be ex-wife Cynthia, a "soul-less" Alex Rodriguez will be spending Thanksgiving with Madonna instead of in Miami with his children. [Page Six]
Amy Winehouse is back in the hospital after a bad reaction to medication. [Us Weekly]
Ann Coulter broke her jaw and had to have it Read More
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Someone knocked Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld "out cold" after the company’s bankrupcy was announced. Seriously. [Radar]
Ashley Dupre now travels with three bodyguards (does Eliot Spitzer even still have a security detail?). [R&M]
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Russian Vogue’s Aliona Doletskaya was reportedly introduced as "the next editor of American Vogue" at an event in Moscow. A spokesman for the still-Anna Wintour-helmed operation responded: "These variations are nothing unusual for magazine publishing, and we have the greatest admiration for every editor in chief of all the international Vogues." [P6] Read More