2010-07-16 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Wounded Vets Honored
News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

It was with pleasure and pride the Rockaway residents of Belle Harbor, Rockaway Point and Breezy Point honored our wounded Veterans on the beach in Belle Harbor, ball field in Breezy Point and on the bay in front of the Colony in Rockaway where they participated in water sports in catamarans and other boats and on the beaches. It was glorious days for the VETS and we all hoped they enjoyed. For the Fourth I enjoyed a BBQ at the beach and topped it all off with a spectacular view of the fireworks along the bay for the celebration of the Breezy Point Cooperative 50th Anniversary. I was so close I could almost touch them and they were beautifully on display for a long time. My thanks to all the organizers. Well done!

Stopped in at Kennedy’s and spotted Eddy Ruoff whom I haven’t seen in years. He is or will no longer be one of the “Corner Bachelors.” Eddy is taken! No hands on him! He got himself a flight attendant with a presentation of a $10,000 engagement ring. Then she took flight. Is she coming back for the wedding, Eddy? Who knows? Do let us know if and when the wedding will take place... My cousin, Patty Crowley reaches 51 on July 19. You’re getting up there, Patty. Happy Birthday, dear and live a long and happy life.

Events in NYC: Sud de France had a wine tasting on the Frying Pan, the booze cruise stationery barge at Pier 66 with a live band (and I danced my feet off) and sipped the wines of Sud de France and supped it up with eggplant, olives, French bread and veggie rolls. It was right on the Hudson and a great spot to celebrate the Fourth with the fireworks on Hudson this year.… There is a wine shop, Maslow, 211B West Broadway in Tribeca, that I visited for a tasting of wines from Tunisia: Le Poisson and La Vieille Cave wines. Le Poisson Blanc is a fresh and light Chardonnay blended with Sauvignon Blanc that has a crisp, clean taste and goes beautifully with salads, lean meats, grilled chicken and fish and light desserts; the bold colored Rosé has a delightful berry aroma and pairs wonderfully with spicy dishes, pastas and baked fish. Light in body and color, Le Poisson Gris is best paired with oysters, ceviches, seafood plates and platters and fish tartars, served chilled; La Vieille Cave is a light medium bodied red, very smooth and maintains a pleasant finish and goes great with barbecue, meats and usual cheeses. Chill for ten minutes on warm days. The delicious hot pass-arounds were from the caterers at South Street Seaport.

I attended the annual celebration for the Wyndham Garden Hotel at 341 West 36 Street between 8th and 9th Avenues (Times Square South), perfect for the fashion buyers, just steps away from the Javits Center which hosts many apparel companies. They have a beautiful hotel with a garden meeting space for parties and a very pleasant rooftop space for continuance of the party. If you are prone to allergies they have the PURE systems rooms which greatly improve air quality. Fabric surface mattress and a better night’s rest …. Check it out. The Fancy Food Show was at the Javits Center and I gobbled my way through it for two days. I was only able to do one level a day. All the nations of the world were represented and they all got along beautifully with one another. Could it be that food was involved? Could be. Anyway, I tasted the sauces and pastas from Italy; the rice dishes from Spain; the noodles from China; sushi from Japan; alcohol free sangria; vegetarian hamburger; Herbal Wellness Tea; O2, oxygen enriched water for well being; and on and on till I could eat no more. All very delicious and good for you. The next day I tackled the first level and new products and had the most delicious lamb chops by the White House chefs who cooked for Clinton and Bush. It was here I attended the Sofi Awards ceremony. Winners: Appetizer: Simply Delish-Chinky Dip, Sweet Chili; Classic; Mon’s Spaghetti Sauce, Fisher & Wieser; Cold Beverage, Ginger Beer, Brands of Britain; Dessert: Key Lime Gelato Squares; Frozen Savory: Port Clyde Lobster Mac and Cheese; New Product: Rozendal Hibiscus Vinegar, South African Consulate General; Pasta Sauce: Dave’s Gourmet Masala Marinara; Kids Mac & Cheese Gol’- Fish Ravioli. Just to name a few.

Costa Rica welcomed agents and media at the Grand Hyatt with an informative presentation and beautiful video of Costa Rica. This is a Central American country surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Panama and the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most exciting countries to visit. You can arrive in San Jose and stay at the Sleep Inn Hotel and go to the Flamingo Beach Resort and take an aerial tram through the rainforest and visit Arenal Volcano, see the wildlife rich National Park, drive through the dry Guancaste region to relax and enjoy the beaches, tropical waters and Pacific sunsets. So many exciting things to see and do. You’ll love it. The NCL’s (Norwegian Cruise Line) newest cruise ship, The Epic, sailed into N.Y. Harbor in time to celebrate the Fourth of July with us. This ship is the size of the Empire State Building. Agents and media were taken aboard for a two night cruise and witnessed the fireworks. I heard about it too late and could not get on board. But, the fireworks in Breezy would have to do for me, because I could not get over to the westside for the Macy’s display.

Travel Deals: AARP travel MSC Poesia from $179.

Grand Opening sale 4 nts. w/air, Sheraton Puerto Rico Resort and Casino; Arubian Resort w/air 6 nts. $579; All inclusive, kids stay and eat FREE. Aer Lingus autumn sale E199 incl. taxes and charges, each way p.p.from New York. 10 Days in Fiji incl. RT Air, 2 FREE nts., LA/Nadi/ LA Incl. 2 FREE NTS (save $600 per couple) 7nts. 5 Star Outrigger Resort on Lagoon, OV rm, welcome drink.” Away We Go!!! dorothydunne@yahoo.com.

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