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Fun-filled Father’s Day weekend at the LIC and Astoria Fleas


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Bradley Hawks

Long Island City and Astoria will be buzzing this weekend, just in time for the FIFA World Cup and Father’s Day.

This Saturday, June 14, visitors to the LIC Flea & Food will be able to try their kicks out at a World Cup-themed event. Those who are able to score goals will go home with prizes.

The LIC Flea is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at the outdoor lot by the western Queens waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

On Sunday, HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” will make its return to the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios with host Lara Spencer, co-anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Each week on the show, contestants, who participate in teams, are given $500 to explore items at different flea markets. The participants search for objects they can buy, fix and then “flip” for a higher selling price. By the end of each show, the contestants display their transformations and battle it out to win all the profits earned.

There are only two more Sundays left of the Astoria Flea, located at the outdoor backlot at 36th Street and 35th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., so don’t forget to check it out.

With Father’s Day this weekend, both the LIC Flea and Astoria Flea are the perfect spots to come down and find that perfect gift for dad from the wide array of vendors offering food and drinks, collectibles, art, fashion, vintage items, antiques and much more.

For more information visit www.licflea.com.

 

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Grill up a Father’s Day feast


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Make Father’s Day special by combining two of dad’s favorite things – sweet treats and the grill. Hot dogs have gone gourmet and a big, juicy hamburger or steak is a tried-and-true classic. But, this year, show dad how much you love him with a healthy twist on two  American favorites – the chicken wing and watermelon.

If dad is usually the one manning the grill, review these simple tips for cooking chicken outdoors before you begin:

  • Preheat the grill on high.
  • Make sure the grate is well oiled to prevent sticking.
  • Transport the chicken to the grill on one plate and use a clean plate to take the prepared food back to the kitchen.
  • Use tongs to turn the chicken instead of a fork, which may tear the meat.
  • Keep the grill covered as much as possible for quicker, more even cooking.
  • Have a spray bottle filled with water handy in case of a flare up.
  • Once you remove the chicken from the grill, allow it to “rest” for five minutes so it will retain its juices when cut.

Get the kids involved in the meal preparation by creating a fun dessert. They can use a small ice cream scoop or melon baller to scoop out watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew. Serve the cool, refreshing treat in a pretty bowl or thread the melon balls onto skewers. Slices of watermelon can also be cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Add the shapes to the plate for a fun garnish or place one or two on the rim of a glass to add a festive flair.

Grilling out is a time-honored tradition so fire up the charcoal and let the celebration begin.

Look for more fun ways to enjoy watermelon and sign up for a free newsletter, at www.watermelon.org.

 

Chipotle Maple Citrus Watermelon Wings

Watermelon Glaze:
2 cups watermelon puree

Juice from 3 fresh lemons
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 cup maple syrup (can use light version)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, or to taste

Chicken:

Chicken wings or drumettes
2 cups pineapple juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 cloves minced fresh garlic

To prepare the watermelon glaze, simmer ingredients together in a heavy saucepan for 20 minutes or until sauce is thick. Makes 2 cups. Keep warm.

To prepare the chicken, place the chicken in a large zipper lock bag with rest of the ingredients and seal tightly. Allow to marinate at least 2 hours or up to 12. Grill until cooked and arrange on a warm platter. Pour the glaze over the chicken and serve immediately.

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Father’s Day gift ideas to make dad feel like a king


| Brandpoint@queenscourier.com

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You need to come up with the perfect Father’s Day gift this year. But combing through the vast array of items on his wish list can be a challenge. Here are some great ideas to make your selection easier – and make any dad feel like the king he truly is.

For on-the-go dad

Whether he’s hiking in the mountains, hurrying out to the gym or heading home after a long, hard day at the office, an on-the-go dad needs to stay hydrated. Quench his thirst for action with a 24-ounce capacity Stainless King Direct Drink bottle that keeps liquids hot for 18 hours or cold for 24 hours.

For the angling dad

For the dad who loves to fish, give him Rapala’s latest must-have new lure, the Scatter Rap.

In true Rapala style, the patent-pending Scatter Rap Series flaunts classic balsa body shapes and a new Scatter Lip, which creates an industry-first “evasive action.”

The Scatter Rap brings game-changing action to the water produced by an innovative and uniquely designed curved lip, which perfectly mimics a spooked baitfish fleeing attack, triggering bite after bite.

Ideal for bass and other multispecies gamefish, the Scatter Rap series can be cast or trolled, is available in 14-to-16 classic and new color patterns and comes in four favorite Rapala silhouettes that dad is sure to know, including the Scatter Rap Crank, Scatter Rap Minnow, Scatter Rap Shad and Scatter Rap CountDown.

For the hard-working dad

For the dad who spends most of his week on the move, help him relax his feet with the gift of a luxurious pair of soft and comfy Mens Cloud Moc slippers from Tempur-Pedic. Dual-layer TEMPUR(TM) and an extra-soft TEMPUR-ES material insole will make him feel like he’s walking on a cloud, whether he’s indoors or out.

 BPT

 

 

Father and son more like brothers


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Father and son duo Carl and Larry Leichman are so close, many often mistake them as brothers.

“It’s because he looks 30 years younger and I look 20 years older,” son Larry, 58, said, while his father Carl, 92, grinned across the table. “We’re close, but we’re not brothers.”

While they may not consider each other as close-knit as siblings are, Carl said the two are more like pals.

“I don’t even think we’re father and son — it’s kind of a buddy-buddy thing,” Carl said.

But while good companions, the chum duo is not immune to common father and son quarrels.

“We’ve always had the ups and downs like fathers and sons do,” Larry said, adding that as the two grow older and more mature, the arguments are solved faster.

“We never go to bed angry at each other,” Carl said.

Originally from Flushing, the pair lived in the same apartment building and opted to continue that tradition close to eight years ago when they moved to the Towers. Carl, a retired human resources director, lives two floors up from Larry, the co-founder of a publishing and ghostwriting firm.

But while they are a phone call and a 50 feet walkway apart, the two said they can go from hanging out regularly to not seeing each other for a week due to their separate, busy lives.

Still, Larry said his father is still “part of everything I do” and even part of everything he is as a person.

Larry praised Carl for always being an active father. When he and his brother — who now lives in San Francisco — were younger, Larry said his father pushed them to be involved with the boy scouts, for a troop in Flushing Carl started and headed as scout master, and with athletics as well.

The vigor Larry has now — that allows him to successfully complete marathon six-hour walks from the Towers to Manhattan — he attributes to his father, as well as his gregariousness and ability to “genuinely like people” without bigotry.

“My father didn’t ever do anything by halves,” Larry said, adding that he admired Carl for being a political activist as well. “He was absolutely fearless.”

Carl founded NST’s Camera Club within months of moving into the co-op, Larry said. Photos he snapped of residents working out — taken with much persistence and persuasion — are still hanging in the gym.

Over the years, Larry and Carl said they have grown a strong sense of respect and reliance on each other. And even after 58 years, Larry said his father will still check up on him and make sure he’s okay.