May 30, 1996
I read David Shaw's story about Valentino winning the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Service Award among all restaurants in the United States ("It's Official: Service at Valentino Is Best," May 2) and laughed. In my dining experience, Valentino's food is exquisite, but its service is far from top notch. My wife and I went there last year for my birthday, and the staff seemed to completely forget and ignore us. The staff even began to break down tables and put away chairs right around us while we were in the middle of eating our dinner.
August 13, 1989
Thank goodness at long last there is a debate about the way animals are raised to produce veal. I am among the growing number who have had enough of animal industries such as producers of milk-fed veal who will torture animals for the almighty profit. No more tetracycline medallions for me. No more torture scaloppine either. The Santa Monica restaurant Valentino had better wake up and smell the burning bacon--this "conversation piece" (the term used by the restaurant's Piero Selvaggio)
October 25, 1992 |
Some critics take notes at the table. Some sneak into the bathroom to record impressions. I keep a tape recorder in my car, and after leaving a restaurant, I talk to myself all the way home. The last time I left Valentino, this is what I said: "I had forgotten how happy eating good food can make me. I came in tired and grumpy, wishing I could just go home and go to bed. But with each course, I found myself getting happier and more excited. This is how restaurants are supposed to make you feel.
January 12, 2014 |
"Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland is just in her early 20s, but she has sophisticated taste when it comes to red carpet beauty. To complement the soft salmon color of her Georges Hobeika gown at the Golden Globes on Sunday, Hyland opted for a boho-style crown braid; bold, statement-making eyebrows; and minimal makeup. She told E! Network red carpet host Guiliana Rancic that the braid was inspired by a Valentino runway look and that she liked the "youthful appearance" the style projected.
January 26, 1992
Easy to wear, and downright sexy when they hug the body, stripes are one of spring's strongest looks, showing up in virtually every collection here and abroad. Part of the appeal of stripes is the season's nautical bent--expect to see blue and white stripes of all kinds in Ralph Lauren's new America's Cup collection. Other top names taking a fancy to stripes include Donna Karan in New York and Valentino in Paris, both of whom promise dresses with shapely curves.
September 15, 1997 |
By day, the women of prime-time television toil as faux nurses, cops and investigators of paranormal phenomena. On Sunday night, the most coveted role was that of show-stopping glamour puss. The winner was Helen Hunt, who spent most of last season on "Mad About You" wearing a prosthetic pregnant belly on camera but shone as bright as a statuette in a slender, spaghetti-strapped silver gown by Laurel, a German label that doesn't even mention its designer's name.