After years of putting surgery off, TV host and cooking machine Rachael Ray has gone under the knife to repair her ailing vocal cords. PEOPLE exclusively learned that Ray underwent the procedure last week. According to Ray's rep, Charlie Dougiello, "Rachael decided to have a benign cyst removed from her vocal cord." Dougiello says that "the minor, non-invasive procedure was a success and she is already resting at home." Prior to the surgery, Ray had been attempting months of vocal therapy to no avail. Citing Ray's boisterous personality, Dougiello joked that "the hardest part for Rachael is going to be giving her voice a rest for the next week or so."
If Venice is a theatre, then Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box. It is a resort: a way of life, an island apart, in every sense. It involves all the senses that make a stay unforgettable. Four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of the Giudecca Island, the Cipriani is synonym for the dolce vita, Venetian style. There are 95 Rooms & Suites sharing a view to be seen nowhere else, restaurants to please the finest palates and impeccable service await you.
Hotel Cipriani's heated Olympic size swimming pool (32 x 19 metres) is the only one in central Venice, and has filtered salt water. The pool area is also the centre of attention for some spectacular events at the Cipriani, like the Redentore Feast held in July each year. An evening of dining and entertainment around the pool ends with the spectacular firework display that can be viewed from the Fondamenta delle Zitelle.
From spring to autumn, the Poolside Restaurant serves alfresco, buffet-style lunches and snacks, including an array of regional specialities, grilled delicacies and a wide selection of beverages. This informal snack restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy a light lunch between one swim in the pool and a lazy afternoon in the sunshine or exploring Venice - its location just on the lagoon borders has an incomparable and relaxed view.
Bars: There are 3 bars at the Hotel Cipriani: (1) The Gabbiano Bar is a brand new bar that awaits Cipriani's clients. It's one of the most famous meeting points in Venice and it is full of grand style. Facing the most unique pool in Venice, the Gabbiano Bar aims to become the landmark of the Hotel Cipriani, the gathering spot for clients and venetians - the place to see and be seen. Enjoy an aperitif before dinner, prepared and served by our head barman Walter Bolzanella, or an after-dinner drink along with the stars and celebrities in the romantic Piano Bar. (2) The Fortuny Bar overlooks Cipriani's enchanting gardens and the lagoon. Here their skillful barmen will mix delicious seasonal fruit-juice based cocktails and long drinks (Bellini, Tiziano, Roger, Mimosa) or prepare your own choice of beverage. Music is played from early evening by the resident pianist. (3) The Pool Bar is open from spring to autumn and serves delicious cocktails and a wide selection of beverages on the patio or by the pool. A refreshing cocktail is the perfect way to enjoy the magnificent views between dips in the pool.
Designed by Ankul Assavaviboonpan, the Stap Man is just waiting for your squeeze and start stapling away. Put this whimsical stapler on your desk and turn it into his battlefield. Once you get going, you will find it hard to stop. You can find this fun stapler at Panik Design for £16.00.
Drop Dead Diva puts a uniquely compelling twist on the age-old battle between brains and beauty. The Lifetime series, beginning tonight at 9 pm ET/PT, is one of the few shows on television to cast an overweight character with an actor who is actually overweight. On series like "30 Rock" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine," purportedly slovenly, overeating characters are portrayed by petite, pretty actresses. Jane, the lawyer heroine of "Drop Dead Diva," played by Brooke Elliott thinks like Elle in "Legally Blond" but looks like more like Camryn Manheim on "The Practice."
The show tells the story of a beautiful-but-vapid model wannabe, Deb, who has a fatal car accident and suddenly finds herself in front of Heaven's gatekeeper, Fred, who declares her a self-centered "zero." Outraged, Deb attempts to persuade Fred to return her to her shallow existence but is accidentally relegated to the body of the recently deceased Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott). A brilliant, thoughtful and plus-size attorney with a loyal assistant (Margaret Cho), Jane has always lived in the shadow of her more comely colleagues, whereas Deb has always relied on her external beauty. Now, by a twist of fate and a bolt of divine intervention, Deb must come to terms with inhabiting Jane's plus-size frame in the ultimate showdown between brains and beauty.