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Grub Street Alums Made Good Last Weekend

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Salami and cheese lover.Photo: Melissa Hom

A few Grub Street alums made the weekend papers — Recent New York Diet subject Crazy Legs Conti, in case you were wondering, placed 11th in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest by downing twenty-four dogs (a personal best). Mark Ibold, former member of Pavement and bartender at Great Jones Café, rocked out with Sonic Youth at Battery Park. Santogold, who is playing SummerStage on July 20 and touring with Coldplay, spent an evening with the Times at Castro’s, the Fort Greene cantina known for its garden that she praised in her New York Diet. Donatella Arpaia, another New York Diet alum (you’ll recall her Hot Pocket habit), tells the Sunday Post about “her New York.” The feature isn’t online, but, food-wise, she singles out her dad’s place Fiorino, Bouchon Bakery’s quiche (“it’s like 1,000 calories and if you want to cheat on your diet it’s so worthwhile”) and the cheese and salami at Di Palo’s Fine Foods (she’s saddened by how much Little Italy has changed but still loves the family operation). And finally, we were amused to see Kobe Club waiter Jeremy Sullivan mentioned in the Times Magazine’s profile of Rush Limbaugh — reporter Zev Chafets leaves the tip after dining with Rush and later, upon reading our Ask A Waiter, is stricken with guilt when he realizes he might have deprived the server of Rush’s customary $5,000 gratuity. Cheap journalists!
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