During a luncheon, Aviva invited Ramona and Sonja to visit the Dreschers at their Bal Harbour condominium. Carole is also at the restaurant, and as she will be in the South Beach area, she is asked to join the group in Florida. It’s more than obvious that Heather and LuAnn are not on the guest list. Why they weren’t asked isn’t really clear but I think we were supposed to be left with the impression that it was a deliberate “diss-invite” in the same way Heather’s slight of Ramona was. Aviva explained that she wanted to introduce Sonja to a very eligible and hyper-sexual gentleman – Aviva’s father, George. I don’t know why any of the women are shocked by the idea, particularly Sonja – George can’t be any older than her ex-husband.
Before leaving for Florida, Sonja and Ramona have a couple of other things they have to attend to and to attend. Sonja met with Heather to discuss how to go about branding Sonja’s home/catering business. A friend of Heather’s attends the meeting, as a favor to the Yummy Tummy owner, and attempted to offer some ideas about brand design, packaging and general development. Sonja found him a little off-putting as he seemed to have no idea who she was, what her business was about or even what her website looked like. His suggestions didn’t impress her, actually they looked a little pedestrian, but then again, Sonja wasn’t paying him, either. The result is on her website, as is a photograph of her toaster oven.
Ramona and Mario attended a wine tasting party, along with Aviva and Reid, and hosted by Jacques and LuAnn. There was a blind taste test – well, blind for everyone but Ramona – she doesn’t even like it when Mario tries to blindfold her. All of the giggling between LuAnn and Jacques made it quite apparent to us that the plan was to try to embarrass Ramona by having her taste her own Pinot, hoping that she would it pronounce it terrible. Their joke fell a little flat because Ramona did, in fact, like the sample and also, as it seems, has a discernible nose and palate. For good measure in the LuAnn takes it on the chin department, Carole also found out that the Countess, as much as she has a problem with her royal rival, doesn’t mind taking advantage of her connections. Jewelry designer Ranjana Khan told her that LuAnn, by dropping Carole’s name, managed to walk out of the showroom of Naeem Khan, Ranjana’s husband and couturier, with a free dress. That’s our Countess, classy to the bitter end. As much as I’d like to see her upgrade her jewelry, I hope that LuAnn doesn’t try to pull the same thing on Ranjana. Given the conversation between Carole and her friend, I really don’t think that’s even a remote possibility now. This article is a wonderful story about the designing couple, which also shows some of their clothing and jewelry.
The Dreschers were waiting for their guests and had dinner with Aviva’s Dad and Reid’s Mom, Marilyn. Neither one of these people could be considered boring dinner guests. George has strong, and hilarious opinions, about everything. He mocks the fact that Marilyn lives in Boca Raton, calling it God’s waiting room, among other things. George is also happy to hear that he is going to meet Sonja Morgan, because she is a real New York City woman, not like the beautiful and sultry, but apparently vacuous, choices of companions in South Beach.
When Ramona and Mario finally made it to their destination, much ado was made of the numerous Drescher family portraits found in the guest quarters. In typical Ramona style, she let Aviva and Reid know that the pictures could have a deleterious effect on her romantic inclinations with her husband, and that they might even disturb her sleep. After Aviva explains that wearing clothing is one of the house rules, Ramona also rebels, saying that there are no rules when she is on vacation. Given the previews, I think the rules aren’t just broken, they’re smashed to pieces.
The foursome went out for dinner, and Aviva fed into Ramona’s own paranoia regarding the wine tasting trick perpetrated by LuAnn and Jacques. It doesn’t take much to awaken the sleeping lunatic in Ramona and she starts gasping, rolling her eyes and grabbing at her head as the lightbulb moment becomes a blinding spotlight. Mario, who has been taking lessons from other househusband wannabes, begins to mock Jacques’ “Pepe le Pew” accent and does his own reenactment of the whole sordid Pinot betrayal. It only ends when Ramona goes into orgasmic ecstasy over an arugula salad – cilantro makes her swoon. Aviva ordered a Kobe beef hotdog, the dimensions of which would have been just what Romana needed at that moment.
I would normally have the link to Carole’s blog, but as of this writing, Bravo was not cooperating. As soon as it’s available, I’ll post it here.
Bravo having tech troubles, may not get blogs up ’til tmrw.