The Restaurant and Food Show was on exhibit at the Jacob Javits Convention Center for three days this week and featured food, food, food and furniture and equipment. Awards were given to the best pastry chefs and the top winner was Chef Capezzi for his outstanding artistic display .......
And, don't you know there was a crowd gathered around Rockaway's only OTB Restaurant, The Irish Circle where show guests were gobbling up the delicious BBQ Ribs and other tasty delights featured at Rockaway's Irish Circle. Owner, Jerry Parich was there, but, unfortunately, my photographer was not. Frank Walker, the other owner was not around, but it was a great display with horse racing videos in view and their very friendly staff.
At the Morrell Wine tasting at the Inter Continental Hotel a few days later I ran into Charlie Hughes and his sweet, adorable wife, Margurite, with friends and new residents of Breezy, Cathy and Michael Meiri, who recently bought a home on 12 Avenue and are tearing it down to rebuild. Hopefully they will be able to move in this summer. Lou and Eileen Brush were also part of their group and are being persuaded to buy a home in Breezy.
New baby boy on 220 Street, named Maxmillian Francis Farrell, 9 lbs. born to Erika Boccio Farrell, who will live two doors away from grandparents, Ursula and Mike Boccio. Baby Max is also the great grandson of "Dot from Roxbury" who is no longer with us,. She died before Christmas. Max's grandmother is her daughter, Dottie Farrell from the Post Office.
Condolences to the family of Rita Shea who passed away recently. She will be greatly missed.
Kennedy's was hopping on Saturday night.......Dorothy Aquavella from Brooklyn celebrated her 49th and holding birthday with hubby, Gerald Aquavella, Tony Rubbo, Dorothy Gastman, Florence and Bruce Granatstein, Alicia and Arthur Brehn, Karen Brehn and Joe Casey from the B. P. S.C. They all love Kennedy's and visit every week, and, on New Year's they had a great time. At the bar having fun: Marion O'Brien and Jimmy O'Donough, real estate mogul, Rod Hunt and wife, Mary were dining in the bar area where all the action is. And, who was that man with the fancy beard on his chin? Looked like someone I used to know, but now he has taken on a whole new persona. Could it really be Mr. Robert O'Brien??? Lo, and behold it was really him. The change has done him good. Mr. nice, nice guy, Tom Coady was bartending till Pepi took over. Pepi is a man who makes a mean, mean martini. You have to have a strong constitution to handle them. Be careful, they pack a wallop!
The Broadway show, Aida is now having a seven o'clock curtain on Tuesdays. The other days remain the same with their 8o'clock curtain. I'm scheduled to see the show this week and will report back to you after I review it.
The Textile Industry was on display with Turkish Textiles at the Grand Hyatt and at the Millennium Leasing, the world leader in Cellulose Fibre Technology which includes viscose, classical cellose fibre, Leasing Modell, the softest and ideal blending partner for cotton made from birch wood and paper pulp the looks like silky cotton that is eventually made into soft silky materials. There is also anew material that we all need, stain proof pants and shirts whereby food and liquid rolls right off.
Pacific Delight is one of the best tour operators to the Far East, China and for China Regal Cruise on the Yangtze River, which I may be going on this Spring. Anyone wish to join me ? You are welcome from March to the middle of June, which is the best time to visit before the waters flood the area. You will be able to see where the new dam is being constructed as well as take in the breathtaking views as you sail along the Yangtze River on a China Regal Cruise Ship. Final dates have not been set yet. In March a South Africa TV Show is planned in Cape Town. You may wish to see that part of the world as well. Just let me know.
Closer to home in Santo Domingo, Feb. and Mar. Great Melia 3 nts. $699 was $899; Riviera Maya Oasis Avenura, all inclusive 7 nts. $698; All inclusive Riu Naibua 7 nts. $599 in Punta Cana Air/Hotel/ Meals etc. Nassau South Ocean Golf and Beach Resort 4 days $389; 7 nts. Zruba $649
SPECIAL! SPECIAL! SPECIAL! TO CANCUN , 6 days 5 nts. $299 . Must be booked this week It includes all meals and drinks with a bonus if booked immediately complimentary 4 day/3mts. Orlando Vacation. Good for travel all year. Puerto Vallarta , Non-Stop from Newark. You can take the train from Manhattan for $11 and Continental Airlines will check your luggage when you depart on the train and put it right on your flight. Take a group with you.
FREE Whale Watch Cruise in Hawaii at Oahu Mar. 5 - 27 $799; Maui from $899 Wed./Thur Mar5 -27 Air/Land/Transfs. Etc Feb. 19, 19 day cruise =tour Borneo, Bangkok & Vietnam Special R/T Singpore $1,1999....15 day cruise, 2 nts. Singapore , Cultural Presentation on board and more. May 6, 12 day cruise from Barcelona to Athens from $1,699. Great news! The Norwegian Dawn will be sailing out of New York all year round. No more airport hassle. What a relief! Right now from Fl. Feb. 27. 5 days to Bahamas $249 OV $299 5 day Western Feb. 22 $299. Feb. 14, 7 day cruise , 3 day land Barcelona to Athens $1999. London Air/Land 7/ 6nts. $529.
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