WIN ONE FOR THE DELI
Dave & Len's Deli, a restaurant in Buffalo, is a sort of upstate reincarnation of Manhattan's famous Lindy's, except that Fen Levin, the proprietor, likes to pamper his customers once in a while, something that Leo Lindy felt was demeaning both to himself and the customer, he should drop dead first. Levin, who says his place is Buffalo's only New York-style restaurant, is a big sports fan and a relentless follower of Buffalo's pro football Bills and basketball Braves and hockey Sabres. He gives away banners and hats (in New York they'd take away your hat, if you didn't watch it) and promises a special treat for each customer after every Buffalo victory. He also gives away a consoling kosher dill pickle after every loss.
The way the Bills, the Braves and the Sabres have been going this year, the special treat has been no problem. But the pickles—don't ask. The Deli has to send away to Hester Street in New York for them, and it's been a nightmare keeping enough on hand.
Here is another version of the water-protein diet that so many people have tried. After he won the National League's batting championship and Most Valuable Player award, beefy Joe Torre of the St. Louis Cardinals received a lot of publicity about bringing his weight down from 228 to 200. Fans kept asking how he did it. and the Cardinal front office began mailing out copies of the regimen he followed. Now Torre says he gets more requests for the diet than he docs for his autograph.
Torre warns that no one should diet before consulting a doctor and adds that this one should not be followed for more than two weeks at a time. The lineup:
You can have
Steak (trim the fat), chopped steak or chicken—broiled or grilled
Eggs—poached or boiled
Lettuce—Torre used only vinegar on it