Apple Treat

New York Times food and wine columnist Johnny Apple spared no expense visiting fine restaurants on the Times' account (a practice which Homer Bigart once called "feeding at the Sulzberger trough"). Times foreign editor (and future executive editor) Joe Lelyveld once stopped in London and treated Apple, then his bureau chief, to a lavish dinner. When the check arrived, Apple reached over to scoop it up. "You better let me take this," he said. "They'd never believe it coming from you!"

["It's been my fate and privilege over the years to sit next to various people who were approving Apple's expense accounts," Al Siegal once remarked. "There were hoots, and once in a while you'd look up and the person -- these were various assistant managing editors -- was shaking his head and reading off 'Wine from my cellars...'"]

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