2002-05-25 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

The Annual Buckley/Kennedy's, "Six Mile Heroes Run," in memory of Captain Timothy Stockpole and Firefighter, Michael Ragusa, was another huge success this past Sunday reaping a whopping $100,000 for our heroes. All had a great time at the post party in Riis Park with music and lots of hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and soda. If you weren't there this year, make sure you sign up for next year's event. Don't miss it!

Rockawayites are everywhere. Mary Henley, who owns Henley's Hanger, an adult and children's store in Rockaway Point, and her daughter Mary, who is the owner of the Breezy Liquor Store, next door to Henley's Hanger enjoyed a delicious gourmet dinner at the Italian Culinary Institute two weeks ago. The guest Executive Chef was Marietta, Master Chef at Etuscia, at the Hilton Towers Hotel. I was also there and that night we savored egg ravioli with truffle sauce that is served in Etuscia for $24 each. It is heavenly. The main course was a "Boar" (roasted boar, that is), which I had never tasted before but found it to be delicious, covered in a special hot cranberry sauce. The dessert, Mascapone Cheesecake with berries just melted in your mouth. It had a light and fluffy texture. Both Marys agreed with me, it was an outstanding meal. You can enjoy this dinning experience as well, by either becoming a member of the Italian Culinary Institute or just picking up Cucino magazine, check your favorite scheduled menu for the future and give them a call. Young Mary told me her boyfriend, Sean Sheridan just got the bid for the space at Henny's Pier, the old Colony and will turn it into a restaurant featuring fresh oysters (Yum, yum, my favorite). They are now busy renovating the space that will also include a candy concession for the children. Sounds wonderful.

Have you heard of the Green Guerillas? It is a very successful organization that brings together Community Gardeners to make vegetable and flower gardens out of rubble in New York City. They teach children, put food on their neighbor's tables and give them all a chance to connect with the earth. They held a beautiful reception to present awards to the most outstanding workers at Bryant Park Grill this past week. You may want to participate in being of help to them in your own capacity.

Of course, many of the resident's of Breezy Point already have beautiful gardens. One is Patty Crowley, who grows the most luscious tomatoes in the area. Then there is Eddy Heinz who boasts 57 varieties of tomatoes (that can make a lot of ketchup). Do you think the name Heinz has any connection? He was at Kennedy's as well as Bob Zelek who was reminiscing about his wonderful trip to Scotland and how he looks forward to returning again in the not too distant future. Bob is a proud Grandpa, (Papa) of all his grandchildren, but, recently, especially Bobby Welsh and Sean McNoble who just made their First Holy Communion last week. That will give them a good start to life. And, "Papa" will complete the job by spreading his wisdom to them. Bob O'Brien was at the bar boasting of whatever Bob has to boast about. He is a natural promoter and expert at selling pianos, even same pianos over and over again. This is one of the keys to his success even though some may think it is a sour note. Others may just say, it is the same old tune". The Preakness race at Belmont brought the locals to the bar and the big local winner was Elly Connelly, in absencia. Her buddies were there, however and happy to spread the news. Many more will be gathered again for Memorial Weekend for the LIVE music of Tony B on Friday, John L. on Saturday and Backstreet on Sunday. Be there.

Embassy Suites Hotel in Battery Park held a lavish Grand Opening, and offered VIP tickets to "Star Wars" Attack on the Clones. I must say, it does capture your attention with the out of space garb and creatures and flying machines. Dramatic music behind action, action, action covered up the mediocre acting. But, then you don't go to see Stars Wars for the acting. It did keep you on the edge of your seat and engulfed you in the world of galaxies and the imaginative minds of the creators of this serial extravaganza.

Sake tasting at the Righa Royal Hotel taught me that Sake must be served cold. It only has a three to six month self life and if you are served hot Sake it is because it is old. It is better for you than wine because it does not contain sulphites that give you a headache and contains less acid than wine which may cause heart burn as some wines do. It has a future of replacing our wines with our meals and it most certainly tasted great with Roy's Japanese Restaurant food that was served with the tasting: Asian fusion: oysters and clams in a savory sauce with slivered vegetables, raw marinated fish, coconut shrimp etc. It was to die for! Oregon makes Naki Sake that comes in a beautiful blue bottle shaped like a fish, Australia offered a bubbly Sake that was light and fruity and, of course, for the tasting, the finest Sakes up to $300 a bottle. All were very, very delicious. A healthier substitute to wine.

TRAVEL:

Cancun at Fiesta a Grand Resort & Spa 5* all inclusive 7 nts. $798.99 jr. suite upgrade $100p.p. Kids 12 and under FREE to Stay and Play and eat. Family 4-6 friendly June 22 to Dec, 13, 70% off 2nd guest on Orient Lines Rome to Barcelona and Nice to Barcelona; 50% off 2nd guest to Antarctia & the Falklands as well as cruising from Spain, Portugal & the Canaries. Puerto Vallarta 3nts. $639 at Camino Real; Aruba, allegro Resort 5* 3nts. non stop flt. $949; Must be booked Friday, May 24 June 21 RT 7 day Papeete on Wind Spirit from $1295, 7 day July 28 Rome to Malta on Wind Surf. Limited cabins book by May 24, 6/23, 6/30 7 day Western and 7 day Eastern Outside Cabin $649; 7/21 Ins. $649, Out. $749 8/18 Same all on ms Maasdam. 8 p.m. Fri is deadline. Keep in mind Caribbean and Mexican packages departures on Monday bring lower fares.

More travel specials on WNYX-TV UHF Chs. 26,35 and 39 Mon. to Fri. e-mail dorothydunne@yahoo.com.

Give me a call and "AWAY WE GO"!!!


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