2001-02-17 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Big week in fashions and toys. To raise funds for New York City firemen, outstanding designer of men’s clothes, Wilke Rodriguez, presented his fall collection at Metrazur Restaurant in Grand Central Station. He used handsome firefighter hunks for his models. The beautiful 2001 Penthouse pets were also present to lift everyone’s spirits.

Lee Middleton Dolls from the Toy Fair introduced their new bundle of bouncing babies. These dolls are the most exquisite of all the ones I have seen. They are so real-life and have such sweet lovable faces. Even the clothes are outstanding.

Cipriani’s on 42 street was the scene of the Top Toys of the Year (TOTY) awards. Winners were, LEGO for the most innovative for their Steven Spielberg movie maker set; Preschool Toy of the Year, Hasbro’s tinker toy classic building set; leap pad and leap frog for the most educational; Who Wants To Be A Millionaire board game took game of the year; special toy went to Madeline doll house; The razor scooter rolled away with spring/summer toy of the year; girl toy of the year was Poo Chi, Tiger Electronics; and boy toy was LEGO soccer championship challenge.

Broadway Bears is an annual event held at the Hudson Theatre for the benefit of Broadway Cares for AIDS. All the bears were beautifully dressed in copied costumes worn by Broadway’s top stars. Richard Simmons bounced around the crowd to warm them up for the auction that he eventually emceed. Steve Ambramson, president of Peconika classic vodka from the Hamptons, introduced me to his great new vodka that is in the class or better than Belvedere, Stoli, Absolute and a host of other vodkas. It is home grown from potatoes from Bridgehampton, LI and is served at New York’s best restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and liquor stores. It is available to purchase throughout Long Island and Manhattan liquor stores. It has a very smooth taste in a martini and is especially good in a chocolate martini.

If you are a pasta lover you can get your fill at the Rockefeller Cafe in Rockefeller Center. A feast for the belly and the eyes. While you treat your tummy you can watch the skaters on the ice rink. I was there to fill my plate with their savory, just perfect al’dente pasta dishes. They are offering three pasta dishes for only $25 each day until April.

Shirley Hanrahan has returned from Florida and reports she is buying a condo in Boca Raton. She’ll be "bi-eastal" and intends to reside as a Floridian from the end of November until April. Claire Hughes fractured her right shoulder and is having trouble signing checks. Your bills will just have to wait...unless hubby, John, takes over.

Father La Rocca, well known in Brooklyn and to members of the Breezy Point Surf Club in the summer, passed away a few weeks ago.

Travel: Coast to coast roundtrip on Southwest Airlines $99 until February 22, travel valid through June 8.

Sale on TWA for all North American fares until February 17, prices start at $158 round trip, valid between February 21 and June 14.

One fare for $79 with Northwest Airlines on domestic and Canadian routes.

Roundtrip on National Airlines only $78 through April 11, ticketed by February 16.

Fly roundtrip to Europe with Oriental Cruise Lines Grand Mediterranean departing April 26, May 20 and June 13.

Best Western Hotels in the United State and Canada, $25 per night. Newark/ Hong Kong air and land $665.

Five nights at any Jolly Hotels in Italy for $387.

Holland America five day cruise, Bahamas and Key West Westerdam; $499 inside/ocean view $599, March 18, March 31-eight day, $799 inside.

New York, Empire Hotel across form Lincoln Center $149 until February 28.

NCL roundtrip Miami Norwegian Sky, $799-March 4.

$100 off on all land and air inclusive packages if booked by February 28.

At Dezerland Beach resort in Florida, $79 per room per night until March 31. Shuttles from South Beach to Bal Harbour and Aventura Mall.

Check WNYX-TV, UHF channels 25 and 35 for more travel specials.

Give me a call and away we go!

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