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Who knew that Blake Lively was such a foodie…she went on a two week food binge…eating only seafood from aÂ differentÂ restaurant every day!Â SheÂ was probably on a quest to find the best seafood in town (and NYC is huge!) At least we know she likes to eat!
Back in the February issue of Esquire magazine, the “Gossip Girl” actress professed her love of cooking while baking a pie for her interviewer. But recent reconnaissance indicates that, these days, Lively is much more interested in having others do the cooking for her.
Insiders tell us that Lively, who next month will be seen in Ben Affleck’s buzz-generating drama “The Town,” fueled the city’s restaurant economy this month by going on a serious grub crawl that saw her dining at a dozen establishments in 13 days.
And if she ever breaks up with her co-star Penn Badgley, prospective suitors should take note of her gustatory travels. Based on her dining habits, Lively is a seafood-loving locavore who gravitates toward French methods of preparation.
Our sources tell us that the actress’ culinary odyssey began in the key of seafood on Aug. 5 when she ate at power sushi restaurant Nobu in Tribeca and the more rustic Mary’s Fish Camp in the West Village. Then, on Saturday, Aug. 7, she returned to the latter neighborhood to dine at Paris Commune, which is known for its brunch, and Blue Hill, which is revered for its fetishistic embrace of local, seasonal food.
On Aug. 10, Lively did a high-low, East-West thing that would work well as a “Gossip Girl” narrative device. She checked out the atmosphere-free Chirping Chicken, a favorite of upper West Siders who want good chicken and ribs without any pretense. That same day, she also headed crosstown to Madison Ave. art dealer hangout Sant Ambroeus, which is mostly about pretense – and good gelato.
Aug. 11, she visited only Rosa Mexicano on the upper West Side, but resumed her two-a-day eatery habit on the 12th, when she dined at the Moroccan influenced hipster hangout CafÃ© Gitane at the Jane Hotel, and the classic French Le Grainne CafÃ© on Ninth Ave. in Chelsea.
Perhaps her culinary excursions began to take a toll on the leggy Lively’s waistline, because by midmonth, she began to pace herself. On Aug. 13, she ate at Laurent Tourondel’s seafood-themed restaurant BLT Fish on W. 17th St. Aug. 15, she supped at Cookshop, another establishment that prides itself on its seasonal, local menu. And as best we can tell, her culinary quest ended on Aug. 18 at CafÃ© Joul, a French neighborhood bistro on First Ave. in midtown east.
Asked to comment on Lively’s culinary jaunt, her spokeswoman says only, “She’s a fan of trying new cuisine.”
Well, then, if Lively’s explorations haven’t taken her to Le Bernardin, may we suggest a trip to the midtown west seafood temple, where the food is excellent and executive chef Eric Ripert is positively dreamy.
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