It pays to be on e-mail lists sometimes; thank goodness for all those years I spent entering online sweepstakes. US Weekly sent me an invite to their "Hot Bodies" party at Drai's Beach Club, on top of the Cromwell, on May 31st. Special guest was Extra host Maria Menounos, signing copies of her book, The Everygirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness, or, how she lost 40 pounds and so can you. Maria is her book's own best advertisement, because she was smokin'. I apologized for being overdressed and explained I was stopping off at IHOP later. Oddly enough, she told me she loves IHOP's pancakes. It doesn't show.
Of course this was also the best pretext ever for checking out Drai's, the new hot spot in town: Two decks of poolside cabanas, spectacular Strip views, plenty of shallow pools for splashin' action, palm trees, sofas and chairs with pink upholstery (they match the drapes), waiters bringing by trays of Better Than Peanut Butter shots, attendants standing by at the entrance to dispense towels and sunscreen, an adjacent dance club, and the beats thundering out while the young and beautiful party on in their swim togs.