2014-03-07 / Columnists

Our Biggest Snow Job Hasn’t Fallen Yet

Hopefully, it won’t. Sen. Mary Landrieu has signed a bill with an extension to prevent unaffordable increases in home flood insurance. The bill is being voted on in Congress today with outcries of public protests not to increase the insurance rates for home flood insurance. We wait and see how it fares.

Modular homes are springing up in Breezy Point which is a welcome sign. More people are finally coming back. We can’t wait till summer when Kennedy’s Restaurant will be back in business. It is being rebuilt beyond expectations. I miss Kennedy’s so much, not only for its abundant delicious fare, but for the camaraderie of its patrons….all my friends and writing about their happenings. Can’t wait for the opening! Gerard, please give me special notice. Thank you.

Snow and cold everywhere, but it hasn’t stopped events around the city.

Took a sip and snack around the Restaurant Show at the Javits Center and happened upon the most delicious salmon at the Honey Smoked Fish Co. table; no preservatives, coloring, flavor, nitrates, or MSG, fresh out of oven, never frozen, vacuum sealed, diabetic friendly. Very, very tasty and good for you.

The Beekman Towers Hotel, near the United Nations on 1st Avenue and 48th Street hosted Antigua, a beautiful Island in the Caribbean, at their rooftop bar. We took a tour of their Silver Suites, all with modern bathrooms, roomy kitchens with dishwasher; maid and laundry service, etc.

Keep in mind how to weather the storms or if you have relatives or friends who have a short time stay in NYC, the place is a great option.

At the Best of Italy at the Grand Hyatt, I attended the opening of their new all glass enclosed restaurant overlooking 42nd Street. The food is excellent.

I ran across Tourcrafters, who have created excellent packages to Italy whether you are interested in food and wine, marvelous sites of Rome and Venice or anything to your liking.

I learned about Atlantic Canada at the Red Eye Grille luncheon on 7th Avenue, NYC where they served wonderful salmon and filet mignon. You can put that on your list. These parts of Canada are awesome and adventurous. Newfoundland with whales, seabirds and icebergs and puffins who share incubating the egg and feeding the chick. Nova Scotia is best to visit from August to November for great golfing, surfing, unique paddling experiences, kayaking, sailing and cycling and much more. New Brunswick is full of wonders of the world with the Bay of Fundy, where the tides rise an incredible four stories high. Prince Edward Island finds pristine beaches and world famous seafood. Come for the summer festivities, too; 150 events are planned this year.

I met Garrett McNamara at the NY Times Travel Show at the Javits Center. He has surfed the biggest waves Mother Nature has to offer. He holds the Guinness World of Records surfing the largest wave in Nazare, Portugal. If you are a surfer, you must go. And, if not, plenty of other things to do: See magnificent castles and palaces, natural landscapes and the most beautiful cities in the world. So pack your bags and. ............ AWAY WE GO!!!

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