I wrote this article in 2006. My how the years pass so quickly.
It's this season's final episode, Left Hand Of The Goddess of The L
Word, when Shane is confronting her fathers lack of fidelity and
departure. As in many of the L Word scenes there is a background song.
This one entitled, Words Dont Say is being sung by Lesley Gore
(Words we dont say/Trying to hide night after night/Drifting away)
and one of several tunes from her new CD, Ever Since.
In the 60s, Gore was one of the most successful solo artists of the
Girl Group topping charts with: Its My Party, Judys Turn To Cry
and You Dont Own Me, a song revived by Bette Midler in the movie,
First Wives Club.
"You know what Im going to say when people ask me what I've been doing
for 30 years? Practicing," said the now deeper voice and
Yes, just in case you havent heard, Gore told the world that she is a
lesbian and has been with a partner for over 20 years.
Maintaining a constant touring schedule across the country, Gore's
recent gig took place at Queens Theatre In The Park in New York City,
where I had the pleasure of seeing the vivacious vocalist. The 90-minute
show introduced many of her new songs and brought nostalgia to anyone
old enough to recall the original Bandstand.
Ever Since, the title song, is made to draw us back to Its My Party
(All the weight of nights and days too long to list/All the parties
I've been to you were missed/ I've waited ever since bring us forward
into the world that she now inhabits.
Better Angels, written by Blake Morgan, was featured at the close of
the season premiere episode of CBSs hit show CSI:MIAMI as Horatio Caine
(played by David Caruso) is visiting a confessional booth. Blake is
both her pianist and arranger as well as the producer of her new CD.
You Don't Own Me is an even newer rendition and sung in a jazzy ballad
flare. This one seemed to have an added stanza of You dont own me/I
want somebody who will be true/You dont own me/You dont own me and I
dont own you.
Leslie and her brother Michael were responsible for composing Out Here
On My Own, featured in the Oscar nominated Fame. Perhaps it might have
been a reflection of her personal life change (Sometimes I wonder where
I've been/Who I am do I fit in/Make believing is hard alone/Out here on
A few of her other new songs were sung, but as she promised, she ran her
former hits single-fashioned and not as a medley. For those who may
have forgotten, they included: Shes A Fool; Sunshine, Lollipops and
Rainbows; That's the Way Boys Are; and Maybe I Know.
The stage performance adds a backup vocalist, while she and Blake do the
backups on the CD version. Although I enjoyed the songs, I found that
the live rendition gave a much fuller sound to each of her numbers.
Shes still got it even at the age of 59.
Leslie Gore's West Coast tour will take her into San Francisco where she
will be performing at the Brava Theatre Center, on Sat., April 22 and
Sun., April 23. www.brava.org April 15, 2006 - MGW Magazine
Having a total variety of cuisines
from Asia, I recently ventured to Thailand Kitchen located at 86-05 Jamaica
Avenue (718-847-4700) to sample more than my usual Pad Thai.Please keep in mind that the sampling was not
done in one sitting or on the same day.Yes, I do get full.
I tend to judge a Thai restaurant on
its Pad Thai, a dish consisting of Thai rice noodles sautéed with egg, dried
bean curd, bean sprouts, ground peanuts, and green onions. With an added choice
of chicken, beef, tofu, vegetables or vegetarian duck, I tend to find it to be
a “safe” dish as well as “passing my test”.
Spicy food is not my thing, but I do
want to be fair. In fact I take my
friend Deveka along with me as nothing seems too spicy for her.I chose one safe salad and one spicy soup. Glass
Noodle Salad uses translucent vermicelli noodles that are made from mung bean
starch. Add minced chicken and shrimp, chili, onions and cilantro, topped with
a lime dressing.Per my request the
chili was not added.
On another occasion, we sampled the
Mango Salad of julienne mango and carrots with red onions and lime
dressing.Me thinks that I communicated
my spicy situation regarding the glass noodles and forgot to mention on this
salad as the dressing is quite hot but so tasty.I viewed chili flakes.My Thai iced coffee was of great use having
the milk in it.
Lemongrass Shrimp Soup, better known
as Tom Yom, is a hot and sour soup with lemongrass and galanga root, a
white-fleshed root from Thailand that can be used as a substitute for ginger.
What makes the soup hot is the chili pepper. However, I found that this
particular chili doesn’t circulate around my whole mouth and make it
unbearable. It hits that back of my throat and within a few lovin’ spoonfuls I
am able to build up a tolerance and appreciate the excellent flavors of the
As a change on soup choices, I did
order the Coconut Chicken Soup that uses coconut milk, galanga, kaffir lime and
scallions. It’s quite good and not as spicy as Tom Yom.
Back to the appetizers.Spare ribs here on not of the Chinese
ilk.They are deep fried with garlic and
pepper, accompanied by a sweet and spicy sauce for dipping.No dipping for me.I found them to be tender and savory.
Crispy Spring Rolls seem to be made
different in each Asian cuisine. Thai
style is filled with glass noodles, cabbage and vegetables. I also loved the Shrimp Fritters, a sort of
fried wontons filled with ground shrimp and chicken served with that sweet
chili sauce. Then, there are the Chicken Wings in the sweet Chili sauce. They were not coated with bread crumbs or
flour and the sweet chili sauce, scallions and cilantro gave it an added flavor
to the freshness of the wings.
Deveka was being “vegetarian” for a
while. Thus I ordered the Emerald vegetarian dumplings served
with a ginger soy
sauce. Quite a good mixture in the dumplings tasting just fine without any
At this time I stray from the Pad
Thai and selected the Drunk Man Noodle dish with chicken.Wide wheat based noodles are used in this vs.
the Pad Thai cooked with rice noodles.It was sautéed with chili, onions, vegetables and basil that is not the
same as basil used in Italian dishes.Dealt with the chili to find how delectable the combination is.
Sauteed is another group listed on
the menu and one of many groups that you choose from: chicken, tofu, veggie,
duck, beef, or shrimp and priced by the chosen protein.We opted for total veggie with the Japanese
Eggplant in Hot Sweet Basil.It was
sautéed with fresh garlic, onions and chili with a basil sauce. Tofu was the
protein.Deveka was thrilled and I loved
it as well.
On a different visit I guess that I
was in the mood for chicken as the Grilled Lemongrass Chicken was one of the Specialties
that I opted for. The marinated half of a
chicken is served with a plum sauce and some veggies. The marinade is not spicy
and the plum chili sauce is perfect as even though it had a bit of spiciness,
the plum adds a bit of sweetness.
I did one more time as I wanted to
stray from the usual with something “more challenging” and ordered a lunch of
the Massaman Curry dish with beef having tasted this type of curry before.It’s a sweet and mild curry with potatoes and
peanuts.The secret’s in the sauce. There was only a
bit of kick due to some red pepper flakes.Otherwise, the curry seemed to have a base of coconut milk.
I decided to sample another lunch
special of chicken Hawaiian Fresh Ginger with onions, ginger, scallions,
vegetables and mushrooms in a ginger sauce. Ginger is in thin strips.Rather than their regular jasmine rice, I
opted to splurge for the coconut rice.I
associate Hawaiian food with having pineapple or poi.I guess I need to look into Hawaiian cuisines
more.Despite my wanting to feel like I
was in Hawaii during these cold days, the food only warmed my stomach.
There are only a few desserts to
choose from, one of which is the fried ice cream.Vanilla ice cream is thickly coated so that
when fried, the crust becomes crispy without the ice cream melting.Topped with whipped cream and some chocolate
sauce swirls.I’m full just writing
LEFT TO RIGHT: EXECUTIVE CHEF GARY FASINA, PASTRY CHEF LILY YI, DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING KAREN NG AND PUBLIC RELATIONS AND SALES MANAGER JENY CEN-WU
LUNAR NEW YEAR AND VALENTINE’S DAY, YA GOTTA LOVE IT
Here comes that romantic holiday of hearts, flowers
and chocolate.They should have
mistletoe for this one as well.There
are various outlets for purchasing the food of the gods.
Large manufacturers such as Russell Stover are available
just about everywhere producing mass amounts of boxed chocolates.Those are the kind that people tend to
either bite off a piece or stick their pinkies in the bottom in order to
determine exactly what is in the center.You also have companies such as Godiva and Lindt with local shops. Oh
right…Lindt bought up Russell Stover.
Unless you live near a company such as Hershey’s
(who now owns Scharffenberger) obtaining chocolates that are made on the premises
is less common.Here in Queens there
are two “Mom and Pop” stores, Schmidt’s located on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven
and Aigner Chocolates located on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills.Schmidt’s obtains there chocolate from
Merckens , whereas Aigner uses a blend of Merckens and an Italian
chocolate.The chocolate is melted,
tempered and either molded or hand dipped.Chose a box, choose your chocolates.
If you want to impress by making your own, you have
three candy supplies places in Queens all which provide Mercken’s wafers and
everything else to create the love.However, these wafers are not considered to be “real” chocolate as
vegetable oils are either added or replace the cocoa butter in order to melt
easier and skip the tempering part.Fun
Stuff is located on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Meadows Chocolate
and Cake Supplies on Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park and Drip Pour Drizzle on
Crocheron Avenue in Auburndale.
Xin Nian Kuai Le (Sheen Nyan Kwai Luh) is Chinese
for “Happy New Year” as we approach the Year of the Goat…or Wood Goat…or
Sheep…or Ram.Lunar New Year, the most
important East and South East Asian holiday, is the longest Asian holiday,
celebrated for 15 days beginning this year on February 13. February 19 is the actual holiday when
“Gong Hei Fat Choi”, basically wishing one “good luck”, is exchanged.The color of red represents “luck” with
envelopes of cash and lanterns.
Flushing Town Hall will certainly be celebrating the
Lunar New Year beginning on the February 14 with a Lunar Bazaar from 11 a.m. to
3:30 p.m.Expect performances,
workshops, and food.This is a free
Meanwhile, the Sheraton Hotel on 39th Avenue in Downtown Flushing
will be making their signature Lunar New Year cakes.It’s what you bring to families to share…much
like when one brings bagels and lox or a deep dish of lasagna.You have to order them in advance as they
take two days to prepare.Go to the 6th
Floor temporary restaurant…a new one is coming up in a few months.Pastry Chef Lily offered three to choose
from.If you are not sure how they taste
there will be an opportunity to sample the cakes as the hotel is sponsoring a
Lunar New Year Expo on February 14th and 15th from 10 am
to 6 pm, open to the public.
add that Japan Week,
a public-private partnership event.
Japanese culture and cuisine, is bringing back its annual
program spotlighting unique features of Japanese culture and tourism.
Delectable regional foods, technology exhibits, traditional arts and
performances aim to inspire greater understanding of Japan. The festival will
take place at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall from Feb. 18-20
A Delta Air Lines sweepstakes that
will offer 20 free round-trip
tickets to Japan’s Narita Airport from JFK in
addition to sweepstakes offered online at japanweek.us.
A week of various cultural programs
such as a performance from the Takafuji Dance Company, a tea ceremony with tea
master Souheki Mori, and luxury wedding kimonos that will be modeled by a
different New York couple each day.
The Depachika Food Emporium
featuring sweets from nine regions across Japan and samples of authentic
Japanese eats, including ramen noodles, mazemen noodles, miso soup, green tea,
tofu, and takoyaki octopus balls.
A Sake Bar, curated by the Japan
Sake and Sochu Makers Association, featuring sake from more than 15 breweries
Exhibits by various Japanese
organizations and brands, including NHK, Sun Noodle, Sharp and Sheiko.
This will take place at Grand Central
Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 89 E. 42nd St.Wednesday, Feb.18, 11am to 8pm; Thursday,
Feb.19, 10am to 8 pm; Friday, Feb.20, 10 am to 7 pm.