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Comedian Michael Showalter Loves Pickles, Milk, and Cookies

Before the cult success of his television shows with Michael Ian Black — MTV’s The State and Comedy Central’s Stella — comedian Michael Showalter shoplifted bologna from Key Foods (or so his bio says). These days, the Fort Greene resident and writer-director-star of The Baxter, who performs at Southpaw tomorrow night, is never short on olives, pickles, and Tate’s cookies (“the best you can buy at a deli”). Given that his Ten Commandments of Sandwich Making decree that “everything is in play,” we thought the card-carrying “burger boy” might have noshed on some interesting things this week.

Radio Host Leonard Lopate Skips Lunch But Enjoys Bone Marrow in the Evening

Besides interviewing his share of Nobel, Pulitzer, and Oscar winners for his eponymous WNYC show, Leonard Lopate has picked up a few commendations himself, including a James Beard Award for a conversation in which Ruth Reichl and his favorite chef, Daniel Boulud, explored the relationship between scent and taste. This past week, the Park Slope resident treated his nose to some of the city's finest bagels and (possibly) the best baguettes outside of Europe.

Actor-Director Ajay Naidu Will Eat Sugar But Only for Uma Thurman

Ajay Naidu — known for his role as Sameer in Office Space and for parts in The West Wing and other shows — reported to the set of Griffin Dunne's new romantic comedy, The Accidental Husband, while also doing post-production work on his directorial debut, Ashes. We wondered how a man who was at the mercy of Craft services and who had recently quit sugar (making it "doubly hard to get around and be satisfied in New York") could survive for a week. Luckily, his co-star Uma Thurman convinced him to eat a cookie.

Sandra Bernhard Nibbles on Vegan Hors D'Oeuvre and Chows Down on Cheese Grits

As an actress, comedian, political activist, and singer-songwriter who's slated to perform six nights at Joe's Pub leading up to this New Year's Eve, Sandra Bernhard is a versatile woman. We wondered if her diet was equally wide-ranging. She drew a cup of one of her favorite teas — Kukicha; "it's made from twigs" — and told us about her obsession with omega-3 eggs, her occasional kosher-steak splurge, and how many sips she'll take from a vodka tonic.

Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes Keeps It in the East Village

Is Albert Hammond Jr. — the Strokes guitarist who'll perform songs off his solo album, Yours to Keep, at Maxwell's on Saturday — truly a creature of the East Village? When we talked to him, he was on his way to a rare business lunch at Second Avenue institution Frank. He clued us into some other neighborhood favorites when he recounted everything he ate during the past week.

D.J. and Waverly Diner Regular Mark Ronson Craves Skips and Walkers

Mark Ronson, the A-list set's most in-demand D.J. — he's spun parties like the Met gala and is a favorite of everyone from Tommy Hilfiger to Jay-Z — isn't one for home cooking. "The only thing I really waste expendable income on is food. When I go to my accountant, he's like, 'Do you have to eat out all the time?' He's half happy I don't have a heroin addiction instead." We asked him how he allotted his dining dollars during the past week.

Model-Heiress Lydia Hearst-Shaw Obsesses Over Sushi, Wears Caviar

Lydia Hearst-Shaw's profile has only risen since People Magazine named her one of its "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2004. After modeling for Prada, Bottega Veneta, Clinique, MAC cosmetics, and more, the Hearst heiress and Heatherette darling was recently photographed for German fashion magazine Tush: "I got to smear caviar on my face. They warmed up an artichoke in a microwave and made it a little wet and they took it apart and they pulled my hair back and clipped it all over my head, so I looked like one of those Cabbage Patch Kids. I definitely wasn't smelling too great after." Sensing her love of food, we met up with her at SushiSamba and asked her what she ate during the past week.

David Barton and Susanne Bartsch: He Says Hot Dogs; She Says Organic Turkey Sausages

"David is a great person to feed," nightlife doyenne and anti-housewife Susanne Bartsch says of her husband, gym owner David Barton. That's because Barton will eat anything, or so he claims: "Eating is a means to an end. I don't care what it tastes like. If you gave it to me in a pill, I'd be fine." Really? When the pair recalled their meals over the last week, fetishes like tuna imported by the caseload and corn-on-the-cob gelato were revealed.

‘Page Six’ Editor Richard Johnson Eats on His Feet, Showers After Meals

As the editor of "Page Six," Richard Johnson knows that shock lurks everywhere, even in hors d'oeuvre: "Some of them are designed as if they're booby-trapped to explode." Suspecting that the city's most popular gossip columnist can't survive on raw-bar caviar alone, we asked him what else he wrestled into his mouth between Saturday, October 7, and Thursday, October 12.

The Punk-Rock Diet

Handsome Dick Manitoba, lead singer of New York proto-punk greats the Dictators, helped launch the CBGB scene in the mid-seventies; Saturday night, when his band plays the club's next-to-last show, he'll be marking the end of an era. Unlike many of their punk-rock peers, who were more into drugs than food, the Dictators were "gourmandizers" (according to CB's founder Hilly Kristal, at least). Handsome Dick Manitoba shared some memories of the punk-era East Village eats scene (and outer-borough fast-food scene), plus where he chows now that he's got a "lot of money."

Restaurateur Donatella Arpaia Binges on Oysters and Snacks on Hot Pockets

There's no other restaurateur quite like Donatella Arpaia of Dona and davidburke & donatella: She was the first to zip around town on a Vespa ("Everyone else copied me") and, leaving aside her discerning palate, we're quite certain she's the only one food writers have characterized as "comely." Between Friday, September 29, and Wednesday, October 4, she indulged in a singular combination of sea urchin, fat-free yogurt, and black-and-white cookies.

Novelist Gary Shteyngart Scarfs Lox, Philosophizes Over Spinach

Absurdistan author and Lower East Side denizen Gary Shteyngart is 40 pages into a new novel about "a guy who eats really well and wants to live forever." We're thinking it's a bit autobiographical, given what he ate during the days between Friday, September 22 and Wednesday the 27th.

What Stephanie March of ‘Law and Order’ Ate This Week

Every week we ask a celebrity what she's eaten recently. We begin with actress Stephanie March, who plays assistant district attorney Alexandra Cabot on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and is appearing in 30 Rock. She is married to Bobby Flay.