She was New Yorks most glamorous vegan chef. He was a tubby divorced gambler. Their love affair possibly destroyed a raw-food empire.”>
They called each other Mr. and Mrs. Fox.
Years before raw-vegan restaurateur Sarma Melngailis and her gambler husband allegedly went on the lam with company cash, they used code names to flirt on Twittera secret romance hiding in plain sight.
Anthony Strangis was known only as Shane Fox to his 50,000-plus Twitter groupies and the employees of Melngailiss Manhattan hotspot, Pure Food and Wine. And beginning in 2011, she appeared to happily adopt this pseudonym too.
The tweets reveal a timeline of their love affair and later marriage, which Melngailis managed to keep from her friends and family.
Strangis was like a chameleon, taking on at least three online handles to interact with celebrities, The Daily Beast has learned. (Strangis left behind Twitpicselfies that match his mugshot, and the Twitter aliases were confirmed by former Pure Food and Wine employees and a follower who interacted with Strangis and Melngailis online.)