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Gene Simmons's Favorite Restaurants

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Gene Simmons of KISS displays his legendary tongue.

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"Portions are important because I’m a man, and even though women have been lying to us since we crawled out of caves, size does count,” says Gene Simmons of KISS who has ventured into the restaurant business with his new Rock & Brews franchise.

Here, Gene Simmons reveals his favorite restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mob Wives' Big Ang Scores Spin-off

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Big Ang from VH1's Mob Wives

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VH1 announced yesterday that Mob Wives star Big Ang, a.k.a. Angela Raiola, is getting her own spin-off this July. Producer Jennifer Graziano recently called Big Ang her "secret weapon" after Ang emerged as the most popular character on the reality show about Italian American women who love mafiosos.
 
The owner of Staten Island's Drunken Monkey Bar & Grill, Big Ang earned a rep as a plastic surgery lover who pines over handsome "wise guys" and has a contagious Herman Munster-like laugh. As we've discovered, she also takes pride in cooking. Besides her voluptuous frame, those wise guys fall hard for her cutlets (as do family and friends) and Ang told us she's working on a cookbook. Since the new show will bring even more attention to Staten Island, we wanted to find out where she eats out. Here, Big Ang’s favorite restaurants.

Related: 50 Best Bars in America
Big Ang's Guide to Cooking for Wise Guys
Best Pizza Places in the U.S.

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Etiquette Tips from Lisa Vanderpump of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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Lisa Vanderpump from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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Lisa Vanderpump from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has a new book out about entertaining, but the real highlight: Etiquette tips. Here, what to do when a man puts his hand on your knee under the table and more irony-free advice...

 

 

 

 

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"Mob Wives" Star Big Ang's Guide to Cooking for Wise Guys

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Big Ang from VH1's Mob Wives

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Big Ang, a.k.a. Angela Raiola, the breakout star of VH1’s hit reality series Mob Wives shares her secrets to wooing a wise guy.

“They like a lot of hot things. Like me.” >

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The (Meatball) Situation on MTV’s Jersey Shore with Snooki and Deena

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Nicole "Snooki” Polizzi and Deena Cortese of MTV’s hit reality series Jersey Shore got their nicknames “The Meatballs" or “Team Meatballs” from roommate Ronnie, creator of the eponymous and infamous “Ron Ron Juice,” because the party girls are both very tan, curvy and short.

“We like to drink. We like to party. It’s Team Meatballs,” says Snooki. “Team Meatballs can handle anything when it comes to alcohol. So we’re gonna go mad hard all day, then mad hard at the club.”

Recently, the duo took a break from partying (Snooki is reportedly pregnant) and learned how to make meatballs with Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, co-owners of NYC’s The Meatball Shop, for an In Touch photo shoot.

Here, Holzman summarizes the experience for F&W: “I’d actually never seen their show. Snooki was wearing white fur boots which I thought was pretty impressive for a meatball-and-tomato-sauce cooking class. They said something about appreciating being on worst-dressed lists. We made classic beef meatballs and spicy pork meatballs. They were natural meatball-makers, although their meatballs were inconsistent—some were big, some were small. We had a debate about how long you’re supposed to cook the marinara sauce and there were some meatball jokes thrown around, but I think I was the lewdest out of the group. They were completely funny and a pleasure to hang out with.”

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