Skinny Housewife Bethenny Frankel Brings Out Crowds to Try Her Low-Cal Marg

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Lauren Drews Daniels
Who could draw a long line of fans -- including a baby in a stroller -- out in stormy weather? Bethenny Frankel, that's who. She's famous for something.
The line started 10 feet away from a table in the back of the store, snaked around long rows of wine, out the front doors, all the way to the back of the building, then past another building and into a parking lot, which was so jam-packed with cars tow trucks were called out to tidy up. The dark sky overhead was either an approaching storm or God's wrath for the absurdity of it all.

Five minutes after the event started the fat clouds opened up, but wind gusts and driving rain didn't even put a dent in the crowd. A security guard worked the front door like a bouncer at a club, allowing only a few soaked people in at a time. One lady waited in line for more than an hour and got drenched even though her foot was in a walking cast. And, that's not all. She was also pushing a baby stroller. And, yes, a real baby was in the stroller -- although she did somehow manage to keep baby and stroller completely dry.

So, what's all this hoopla? Was Paul McCartney in town? The pope? Robert Plant? Heck, I'll even throw out Miley Cyrus? Maybe Troy Aikman was giving out autographs? No, wait! I got it. J.K. Rowling was doing a book signing? The Queen of England? Nope, none of that.

It was Bethenny Frankel.

Who, you ask? My. Point. Exactly.

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When a famous person like, um, Bethenny Frankel is among the hoi polloi, you expect security to be tight.
Frankel was on The Real Housewives of New York City, which I never really got into. All that hostility and tension was uncomfortable to me. I prefer the Real Housewives of Oak Cliff (if you haven't Facebook friended them yet, then do so immediately.) Anyway, now she has her own show, Bethenny Ever After. She's also written a few books, and the reason for her Dallas visit on Friday was to promote her Skinnygirl Margarita at a few Majestic and Sigel's liquor stores. Basically it was just a chance to take some pictures with people and sign bottles. That's it. That's why the line was the length of two buildings in the pouring rain (or God's wrath).

Whitney McCumber of Dallas arrived at the Majestic liquor store in Addison at 7 a.m. Friday so she could be the first person in line to see Frankel. Whitney, why, why, why? You're a cute, smart girl. Please, sell me on this.

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Whitney McCumber waited 10 hours in line to see Bethenny. No, we don't know why.
And, well, actually she did. See, she bought Bethenny's book, Naturally Thin, on February 18 and has dropped 20 pounds since that day. Losing that much weight is hard work and something to be proud of. Her waiting in line was, as her mother, Barbara, put it, "An affirmation of sorts."

Barbara added, "Although It did feel a little weird dropping my daughter off at a liquor store at 7 o'clock this morning." But, don't we all do that at some point?

Frankel's traveling circus was almost as mind-boggling as the crowd. Ferried around the city in a stretch limo, she had about five handlers and a ton of security. All these guys would stand around the table where she was signing and every now and then one would put their arms in the air and with stern face boom, "Everyone needs to move back," or, "Have your book open to the page you want signed!" Sheese. Really?

What I found most astounding was the process of getting Frankel's autograph. First of all, no one was allowed to take pictures. Instead there was a professional photographer taking shots that would later be posted on Facebook. So, people, many of whom were soaked, were allowed to walk up to Frankel, hand her their pre-bought bottle of Skinnygirl Margarita, smile for the camera, and then, they didn't have to go home, but they sho-tha-fakowi couldn't stay there. Once at the front of the line, it was all instantly over. I watched as mom Barbara tried to tell Frankel about her daughter's weight loss and a handler physically pulled her away after maybe 15 seconds. They were in line for 10 hours.

No one seemed to mind even though plenty admitted that they felt rushed through. Maybe it's a New York-minute thing. I would like to see the New Jersey Housewives get hustled through a line the same way. I'd pay money to watch that.

After observing all the hoopla, the menacing clouds outside reminded me of the Mayan doomsday prediction. Man, what if I'm here when the world ends? That would SUCK!

So, I bought a bottle and left. I never found out if the name "Skinnygirl" was a self-reflection for Frankel or a message of hope to overweight drinkers. Regardless, the margaritas taste fine. (Yes, just fine. Not great. Not bad. Fine.) And at 100-calories per serving they leave plenty of room for a plate of enchiladas.

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15 comments
Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Bethenny Frankel has a Defense Force? Who knew?

Debbi Mihelic
Debbi Mihelic

I prefer the Real Housewives of Oak Cliff as well.

Yasdnil
Yasdnil

Wow, Lindsay, relax.  Reread the article--Bethenny does not know you!

How do you know who wrote that comment?

Bethenny did not come up with any of the ideas she is selling:1. She did not invent the SkinnyGirl margarita.  Bars have been selling it for long before Bethenny.2.  SkinnyGirl is  remarkably similar to SkinnyBitch in Logo, Concept and Tone[http://www.skinnybitch.net/}3. Naturally Thin is remarkable similar to "French Women don't Get Fat"[http://www.cbsnews.com/stories...]4. The lingerie line is in no way original--Spanx, Victoria Secret5. None of her recipes are original--they can be found from various sources

What is original: 1. Her mean-spirited comments and derogatory remarks to everyone on her show2.Saying she was abused but failing to come up with one instance and no one to back up her stories.  There are also interviews of her saying she snuck into clubs on her own and met Bruce Ratner.  She admits to going to Sweet Sixteen parties with Ratner, she had a big Sweet Sixteen party on a yacht, and there are pictures of her attending prom in People magazine.  Her mother has also produced pictures of a happy Bethenny in childhood.3. Saying her father was out of her life since she was 4 when pictures are available showing her with her father at the race track winner's circle, at Churchill Down's penthouse, and her father giving her away at her first wedding.  In addition, those who knew both Bethenny and her father say she visited him in the summer.  Finally, she was introduced to Merv Griffin, and others who were contacts for her to start businesses by her father.

There is so much more but I think you get the idea.

Lindsay
Lindsay

Do you hate business savvy, successful women? She single-handedly came up with the idea for the Skinnygirl drink business and has sold it for an undisclosed, yet evidently very large sum. She's an accomplished chef & author and is a very smart woman - this is no Bristol Palin or Paris Hilton, women famous for no real accomplishment of their own. Why do you feel the need to take such a sneering, condescending tone with this piece? What purpose does it serve? You hate reality tv and you want us to know that? You write a food blog! No one's consulting you for your opinions on reality tv or its stars. Next time try not to denigrate female entrepreneurs with your snobbish, hipster counter-culture persona, ok?

bad taste
bad taste

Her first book is B.S She didn't even come up with the term "taste everything, eat nothing." She copied that from someone else. And the Skinnygirl margarita in the bottle tastes like SH**. I tired it and shared with a few people and we all came to the same conclusion. It tastes like really old flat Sprite.  Heads up to all---instead of spending whatever ridiculous amount of money that you spent on the bottle, buy yourself some good tequila, mix it with club soda (or squeeze a glass full of limes) and add 2-3 limes and you have a MUCH better drink for a much cheaper price. Regarding Bitchenney's rude handlers, sounds like they act just like her. Of course she didn't want to talk to anyone. She's can't explain how she screwerd her former manager & is now being sued for $100 million.  

Janice
Janice

Obviously, the writer of this blog isn't familiar with Bethenny's work ethic;  determination & inspiration to so many women.. She had an 'idea', which became a huge sucess & unlike alot of sucess stories, Bethenny did it basically on her own...I suggest that you familairize, research, investigate  the subject matter before you 'try' to write an uninformed & opinionated article on a subject!!Bethenney Frankel is well known to MANY; an inspiration to many women & a self made success story!  Kudos' to her.......

Shhhh
Shhhh

Jill Zarin?  Is that you?

Gotham Tomato
Gotham Tomato

Wow, 'Yasdnil' has done an awful lot of 'research' on Bethenny. Either he/she is a stalker or a bitter former aquaintance with a bizarre grudge.

As for the claims that what she's said about her childhood is untruthful, I don't know anything about all these details yasdnil (whether they be real of invented), but I have read that Bethenny's step-father has confirmed, in the press, that Bethenny IS telling the truth.

tired consumer
tired consumer

bad taste:

Have you seen this Forbes blog by Chris Milligan?  He is a bartender or mixologist and he wrote an article back in March about Skinny drinks.  Here is a sample of what he found:

http://blogs.forbes.com/chrism...

"Traditional Daiquiri

1 1/2 oz white rum (90 calories)1/2 oz Lime juice (4 calories)1/2 oz Simple Syrup (8 calories)

Shake ingredient with ice and straininto a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lime wheel.  TotalCalories: 102!

http://blogs.forbes.com/chrism...

 

I'll throw another at you the may blow you mind: The average soda has 155 calories per 12 oz serving (about 13 per ouncewhich is less than cranberry juice!).  Mixing a 2:1 highball like a rumand coke gives you 93 calories from the rum and only about 39 from the sodatotaling 132 calories: less than a 6 oz glass ofwine! "

This information is why I find it hard to believe so many women buy into the Bethenny scam!

Elaine
Elaine

 Or in the words of Real Housewife of NYC Ramona Singer, "Kadoos to her."

Steve
Steve

LEAVE BETHENNY ALOOOOONE!!!  

Yasdnil
Yasdnil

No not a lot of research.  It is common knowledge on the blogs and internet.  Facts have been confirmed.

Her step-father did not confirm she had an abusive childhood.  He did confirm he and her mother had a fiery relationship, so do a lot of couples.  From watching Bethenny on her Thanksgiving episode, I suppose Bryn can use that as an example of abuse by Bethenny. The only difference would be is that the majority of people would believe Bryn.

Yasdnil
Yasdnil

@GothamTomato:disqus  Tomato--I can't reply to you below, so I will post here.

Reread what he said.  He does not say "Bethenny was abused as a child."  How could anyone think someone who travels overseas with her parents, has skating lessons all her life, goes to her choice of schools in Florida, has expensive parties, and has plenty of cash believe she was abused?

I read somewhere that what Bethenny is complaining about are rich white girl problems.  This is believable.  She acts like a spoiled brat.  End of story.

Gotham Tomato
Gotham Tomato

No, you've got that wrong. I know what I read from him, and it wasn't just a fiery relationship. It was confirmation of what she's said about her unstable childhood.

But I'm not going to waste time arguing with some nut who clearly has some bizarrely bitter need to trash Bethenny. Odd pathology for someone who doesn't know her to be so emotionally invested.

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