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Tim Love's New Year's Resolution

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Yesterday, Texan chef Tim Love of the Lonesome Dove and Love Shack and sommelier star Joe Campanale of NYC’s L’Artusi, Dell’anima and Anfora braved New York City’s freezing temperatures and windchill at 8 a.m. to run the New York Road Runner’s Fred Lebow Classic 5-mile race in Central Park with me. I was fairly certain that they’d wimp out due to the cold (or the excess of wine at Ten Bells the night before) but both showed and finished strong. Over post-race refueling (stops included Ess-a-Bagel; Maialino and the Breslin) Love told me that he and his wife had made a new year’s resolution to run 1,000 miles in 2011. They've even worked up a schedule. In order to achieve the goal, they'll need to log 2.8 miles a day.


Restaurants

Michael Voltaggio Comes to Sundance

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Restaurant openings are crazy – just ask Michael Voltaggio who is consumed with his upcoming Los Angeles restaurant Ink. But he’s still going to this year’s Sundance Film Festival to cook at the VIP café The Lift in the heat of the action on Main Street. That’s great news for all of Sundance’s hard-working celebrities (and anyone else with a credentialed VIP pass like filmmakers and studio execs) who historically haven’t had a lot of great food options at the festival.

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Jesse Eisenberg was one of the regulars at The Lift at Sundance last year.

For those lucky VIP pass holders, Voltaggio will be serving both breakfast and lunch. For breakfast: bacon and eggs with Japanese flavors  (poached eggs and braised pork belly with burnt scallion oil and soy caramel). For lunch, his version of chicken shawarma, with pressed chicken thighs, yogurt spheres, fried chickpeas and black-garlic puree. My question: how do I get a Sundance VIP pass?

Restaurants

Eating at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas with Jay-Z and Chris Martin

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Jay-Z and Chris Martin performed (and ate at) Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Maybe some people have moved on from New Years Eve. Not me. That's because I got to ring it in at the super-duper deluxe, just-opening Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. I wasn’t alone. A Coldplay/Jay-Z concert always draws a good crowd, including just about every celebrity you can think of. And they were all eating their last meals of 2010 at the Cosmopolitan's awesome new restaurants.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill The night before New Year’s Eve, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz all sat down together at the first Blue Ribbon to open outside of NYC. (I'm sure Kanye would have been at the table too, but he got to Vegas last minute for the NYE show.)

Holsteins Kirsten Dunst and Giada de Laurentiis both had lunch at the casual burger, shake and beer spot on NYE. The next day, Coldplay band members, Paltrow and her kids all snacked on burgers and shakes there.

STK At the sleek outpost of the NYC steakhouse, John Mayer and actors BJ Novak and Kellan Lutz had dinner prior to the concert. (Mayer was powered enough to go stage with Jay-Z for "99 Problems".)

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Also before the concert, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and their kids took over the private dining room of the French bistro from F&W Best New Chef David Myers.

More on the Cosmopolitan restaurants, with or without celebrities, coming soon.

Cocktails

Zak Pelaccio’s New Fatty Pop-Up

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Zak Pelaccio testing out a burger for Fatty Johnson's.


I was super bummed when I heard that Cabrito, the awesome little West Village Mexican restaurant from chef Zak Pelaccio, was closing. But tomorrow, Pelaccio opens Fatty Johnson’s in the old space. This supercool, pop-up restaurant will have a regularly changing menu that revolves around all things ham. The idea stemmed from a dive bar Pelaccio had dreamed up called Hammy Johnson’s that would only serve whiskey cocktails and ham and butter sandwiches. “Fatty Johnson’s is a slightly more evolved concept … slightly,” says Pelaccio. During its short, six-week life, the space will host different guest bartenders. Cocktail wiz Dave Wondrich will be behind the bar tomorrow for opening night. “We’re not taking it, or ourselves, too seriously—this is just about having fun until the new permanent concept lands at 50 Carmine,” says Pelaccio.

Wines Under $20

Last Minute Bubbly: CBS Early Show

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If you haven't stocked up on sparkling wine or Champagne for New Year's yet, here's a clip from the CBS Early Show this morning, where I went through a number of great, affordable possibilities with host Harry Smith. I was also on the CNBC WSJ Report with Maria Bartiromo over the weekend, talking a bit more about the business side of sparkling wine, along with some recommendations. The video on their site isn't working at the moment for some reason, but here's the text of the story.

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