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Spring is in the air

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 4/11/2013, 2:41 p.m.

His advice is to watch the salt intake, and substitute rice--yes, even brown rice--with cracked ("bulgar") wheat or Kashi brand wheat groats (groats?). Gee, he asks for a lot.

I have gotten into the habit of rinsing my brown rice before I cook it to remove the high levels of newly found (or newly revealed) arsenic. However, I am still suspicious when, after I've thoroughly rinsed the rise, I notice that the rice kernels are not as brown as before the rinse; dare I say the brown rice has turned white?

Hale House held its annual spring black-tie gala, hosted by Patricia Clarkson and honoring Sharon Bush and Christine Larsen. Meanwhile, Jesse DeVore, son-in-law of founder Clara "Mother" Hale, reports that his wife, Dr. Lorraine Hale, is doing well considering everything. As you must have read, the Hales were sentenced to five years probation for siphoning donations and funds to places other than where they should have been--or so they say. I believe the five years should be up by now, and time does march on.

Christy Rutherford and Arielle Patrick looked absolutely divine at the Frick Collection's Young Fellows Ball 2013, sponsored by Donna Karan New York. Also in attendance was my "It" girl, Hannah Bronfman. Where does she shop? Hannah always looks great. Her closet must be the size of a three-bedroom apartment in one of those older apartment complexes--definitely not in one of the new condos.

Not only does Hannah look good, but she knows how to stand up straight and smile, outshining anyone she is photographed next to. Not just a pretty face, the girl also knows how to D.J. She's all of that and a hands-on techie.

Hassan Pierre was there looking rather dapper. The only problem was that he was with the wrong girl. Now, he and Hannah--that might work. But am I playing matchmaker here? Quel dommage!

Save Venice's Black & White Masquerade Ball at the Pierre was actually attended by Kim Colbert, Brooke Lanier, Dawne Marie Grannum and Owen Barnes. Good thing too, because from the look of things, they needed to spice up the joint a little.

Until next week ... kisses