2001-06-16 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News, Clarence Page, of the Chicago Tribune and Ellen Goodman of the Boston Globe announced the winners of the 10,000 Livingston Awards in local, national and international reporting of journalists under the age of 35 at a Yale Club press luncheon this past week. Winners were: Local reporting, Jennifer, 29, of The Village Voice for "Rikers Island" and "Life on the Outside". National Reporting went to Edward Pinder, 30, of ABC Nightline for "Master Teacher". Michael Finkel, 32, of the New York Times won the international award for "Desperate Passage." Clay Felker, Director of "The Felker Magazine Center, University of California" was presented by Ken Auletta of the New Yorker with the Clurman Senior Award for mentoring. Other Livingston judges were: Christine Amanpour of CNN and CBS News; Osborn Elliot, former editor of Newsweek; Howell Raines of The New Yorker and Mike Wallace of CBS News.

Are you a person who, when ordering a meal in a restaurant and the waiter hands you a wine list, you look it over and say to yourself, "I don’t know what wine to pick", then ask the waiter to choose one for you? If so, I have a book for you. It is called "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course," by Kevin Zraly. He hosted a press wine and food tasting dinner at Windows on the World and, I must admit, he is a very entertaining guy……whether it is because he drinks all that wonderful wine, enjoys his job or he is just a charming personality. Who knows? Whatever it is, we all had a great time tasting his suggestions of special wines that marry well with special courses. At any rate, it was a tasting delight, especially when the wine was served with Michael Roux, Jr.’s exceptional dishes. Michael Rouz, Jr., son of Albert and nephew of Michael took over their fashionable restaurant, Le Gavroche in London. Michael, Jr.’s style differs in so much as to be considered "Modern French" with less rich ingredients and a subtle Mediterranean and Asian flare. For those of us less gifted in culinary talents, Michael Roux, Jr. has created the Le Gavroche Cookbook that will turn a clumsy, culinary, home cook into a mouthwatering morsel-making French style formal and informal, much sought after, dining chef with such dishes as: Duck breast with honey and rosemary, stuffed sea bass with fennel and a chardonnay, chicken with lentils and thyme. All recipes were hand picked by Michael, Jr. for you to prepare in a simple way. In addition, canapes, petit fours and more. A wonderful, flavorful, salivating book. Every kitchen should have one.

It is always nice to enjoy dinner with friends at home who know how to cook. In the "Pink Palace" on Beach 219 Street you will find Peter Danzilo and wife, Helene, former restaurant and night club owners/ managers who always entertain in the most tasteful way, even for an impromptu, vegetarian meal. When asked to join them for a home cooked meal, there was no hesitation on my part. Their company is charming to begin with, but the food was not only nutritious but delicious. You know I eat at the best places, but, to tell the truth, this was the best vegetarian meal I ever tasted. No wonder their daughter, Maria, is vegetarian. I think I am ready to switch now, too. Thank you, both. Enjoyed.

If you are cooking home, try the new Breezy Super Market for your fresh meats, veggies and produce. Clare Ritter-Timmons took it over and has renovated and fully stocked it with FRESH everything. So close and convenient, too. On a hot summer day who needs to drive anywhere and buck the crowds when you can get the freshest fish of all kinds, even mussels, an excellent butcher on hand, as well as salads prepared with care.

Johnny Crowley flew up from Florida to see his 99 year-old Grandma, Tess Crowley of 220 Street. While here he rounded up his brother, Bobby Crowley, and brother-in-law, Joe Fata, to put up a gorgeous tall white aluminum (never needs painting) fence around her house that makes it look like a million. They did some job! You deserve a lot of credit. And, it made Tess so happy! Now she can live another twenty years to enjoy it.

Donald Ritter not only owns and operates the Super Market at Rockaway Point but he is also owner of the Surf Shop right behind the Breezy Store. His sis, Maureen Ritter, just took over the DIGS in Long Beach. The opening will be announced in a later column. Very enterprising family.

Sorry to hear Mr. Glib is under the weather, or is it under the covers? You have to cut down on that Viagra, Paul. We want to see you back at Kennedy’s….And the Seniors miss you at the Sugar Bowl.

Bill Schlaggertes from Olive Walk got hitched this past weekend…….to a gal named O’Brien. No more info on that event.

Clarita Zeffie has been accepted for the School Principal workshop program at Harvard University. Success and good luck!

Loretta (picture hat gal who always looks outstanding) and hubby Chuck (magnets) Gregory of Rockaway Beach were all excited about their new platinum Jaguar that was sitting in Kennedy’s parking lot while they brunched...It is beautiful! Drive it in health and safety.

It was great to see Barbara (busses) Spolin back for her weekly visit at Janet’s (Studio J). She did lose weight, but she is fine after a big operation and is coming along nicely. Speedy and full recovery, Barbara.

If you are having trouble putting your young child to sleep you simply must get "My Little Angel Helps Me Go To Sleep" pillow, audio tape and book that tells your child he or she is "SPECIAL". It is an adorable red velvet pillow with a face of a child in ethnic colors. It is washable. Every little child should have one.

At the Palace Hotel in NYC, in their new Bar/Lounge, Jane Green, author of "Straight Talking", "Jemima" and "Bookends", launched her new book, "Mr. Maybe" which I would highly recommend to the new, modern young women searching for the perfect mate. It is candid, funny and filled with wisdom on male acceptance. And, how one girl looks for "rich" instead of "right". The hard-cover is in the bookstores now for under $20.00.

The beautiful spacious restaurant under the 59 Street Bridge, Guastavino’s, invited guests for the opening of

their new outside garden bar/lounge. A great party with fancy drinks and yummy hors d’oeuvres. Their clams casino and chicken wings were especially good.

Take your child age 5 to 12 to the Museum of Natural History this summer. They can interact at the hands-on, behind the scenes look at the Museum and its science. Every major field of Museum research is represented in the DISCOVERY ROOM. It is a wonderful experience for them. Don’t miss it!

And don’t miss LIVE theatre at Fort Tilden. "Come Blow Your Horn "is there every weekend till June 30.

TRAVEL:

If you can tear yourself away from the beautiful beaches of Rockaway this summer there are some Cool Buys/

Quick Get Away Cancun at 6* Presidente Intercontinental 2 nts. $398 +Air

All inclusive 4* Oasis $438 + Air….. 7 nts. Air Only $199, 6 * J.W. Marriott $698 Best Deal.

Costa Rica and Belize 8 or 9 days $899 p.p. DBL/ occ. Include. R/T Air , transfers, 5* hotel, meals, sightseeing and more.

Brazil - Rio Air/Lane 5 nts. $779 Brazilian Breakfast and Sightseeing.

Peru from $828 R/T Air 4* hotel 2 days in Lima, 3 days Cuzco , 2 days Machi Pichu and 1 nt, back to Lima transfs. City tour and hot spring baths.

14 days Greece & Israel from $1899 p.p. +tax 3nts. Athens include. R/T Air 4 day cruise to Greek Islands and Turkey and 5 nts. Israel.

Spain 7 day cruise , 3N Athens & 4D cruise Geek Island/Turkey from $1099+tax.

London R/T air/Land 3nts. Occ., transfers and Cont. Brkfts. Through June 30.

New York Cit Empire (across from Lincoln Center) $159 per room.

More travel specials on WNYX=TV Monday through Friday.UHF Chs. 26&35.

Give me a call and…………AWAY WE GO!!!


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