July 15, 2008

This week's starlet is exactly why this city cracks me up. First, there was a little 90s grunge/alterna rock get-together at Bambuddha: the guys from the band Live were at the bar (Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, and Chad Gracey). A bartender mentioned that the bass player from Nirvana, Krist Novoselic, was also staying at the Phoenix Hotel, so one of the guys from Live went to get him and invited him in for a drink. All of them ended up hanging out drinking and listening to Krist's minidisc of the Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti demos, which they rigged to play through the house sound system. According to guitarist Chad Taylor, the last "real job" any of the guys in Live had was working in restaurant kitchens, so they all had to do a shot together, chef included, "to the best part of working in a restaurant: shift drinks."

And then we adjust our eyes to some serious star wattage: Lance Armstrong and Kate Hudson had dinner at Rubicon (see, what great taste)! They were reportedly super adorable, and very lovey-dovey. Kate was thrilled with pastry chef Nicole's financier with plum jam and olive oil ice cream.

And on Saturday morning, a tablehopper reader reports Kate and Lance waited in line at Mama's for about 5–10 minutes before asking a waiter how the long the wait would be, and then abandoned ship.