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Originally published September 2, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified September 2, 2007 at 2:03 AM


Off-runway, Limoncello's on the brain

Where's Andrae? He's at the disco pig outside Hotel Monaco, of course. With "Project Runway" pal Nick Verreos. "Where else would you find...

Seattle Times columnist

Where's Andrae?

He's at the disco pig outside Hotel Monaco, of course. With "Project Runway" pal Nick Verreos.

"Where else would you find us in Seattle?" said Andrae Gonzalo, whose father lives in Olympia. "The most fabulous people have been showing up here. Everyone who is anyone in Seattle shows up at the disco pig."

The former "Project Runway" designers, now both teachers at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, were in town to host "La Mode: An International Evening of Fashion," a showcase for Seattle's International Academy of Design and Technology.

They stayed the weekend at the Monaco, which furnished each of their rooms with a goldfish: Nick got Dolce; Andrae got Gabbana. ...

DANNY DEVITO MADE LIMONCELLO famous with his infamous appearance on "The View," but when life hands him lemons, he makes: limoncello. The funnyman showed up at the "Young Frankenstein" opening-night after-party at the Space Needle to promote his new line of the lemon liqueur, which, like "Young Frankenstein," previewed in Seattle before hitting New York.

"It's cool to watch people drinking it," said DeVito, who recalled shooting the opening scenes of "The War of the Roses" on Whidbey Island. "This is my second [limoncello]. But the night is young." ...

NICK & ANDRAE ON LIMONCELLO BY DEVITO: Nick: "That's why Britney should come out with panties." Andrae: "Or car seats. Britney Spears car seats." ...

TACOMA RAINIERS CO-OWNER Nick Lachey turned up in Tacoma last weekend with girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo. Scandalous pictures of the pair cavorting at Cheney Stadium to hit the Internet soon. Just kidding. I hope. ...

SPEAKING OF CAMERAS, MTV filmed at Ultralounge at The Parlor in Bellevue for an upcoming reality show called "City Buzz." The show profiles boutiques and restaurants in a different city each week and is expected to air in about six months. Hey, it's not exactly "The Real World: Bellevue," but it's a start. ...

FORMER SEATTLE "APPRENTICE" James Sun's 15 minutes are not up yet — not if he has anything to do with it. "I'm doing more Hollywood stuff," James said cryptically when I ran into him at a recent luncheon. "Not all reality stars can make the jump, but my agent believes that I can. This is my intern, Eric."


James tends to be a bit wary when having conversations with me because he thinks I'm going to make fun of him in the newspaper, but when he says stuff like that, it's almost like he's doing my job for me. ...

YOU KNOW WHOSE 15 MINUTES are not up yet? The Seattle Sounders! Not if I have anything to do with it! OK, that's all I really have to say about the Sounders this week. Happy 45th birthday, Head Coach Brian Schmetzer! ...

NICK & ANDRAE ON TEACHING: Nick: "What a surprise — I like being on stage." Andrae: "I have two matinees each week and a Tuesday evening performance."

Girl About Town appears every Sunday in Northwest Life. Pamela Sitt: 206-464-2376 or

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