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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 41F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday night: Overcast with snow and rain, then snow after midnight. Low of 32 with a windchill as low as 25. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NNE after midnight. Chance of snow 70% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Queen of Hearts Valentine’s Pop Up Market

Check out the Queen of Hearts Valentine’s Pop Up Market at Veslo in Astoria for a night of fun! There will be shopping, arts, fabulous gifts, a  DJ, complimentary cocktails and yummy cuisine. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Snow alert issued for NYC

Although it will be nothing close to what Nemo brought to the New York City area last week, there is more snow in the forecast. Read more: Queens Courier

New York State pushes banks to release over $200 million in Sandy aid

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that his administration is working with banks to release nearly $208 million in checks already approved for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Read more: CBS New York

Queens man says video, graphic images prove police used excessive force in his arrest

Robert Jackson said that police caused a scar shaped like a horseshoe on the side of his face. Read more: NY1

Obama urges Congress to make government work for “the many”

U.S. President Barack Obama challenged a divided Congress on Tuesday to raise the minimum wage and make government work for “the many” in a State of the Union speech focused on economic fairness for the middle class as the Democrat takes a more assertive tack in his second term. Read more: Reuters

California fugitive is believed to gave died in blaze after shootout

After a shootout and a forest standoff on Tuesday afternoon, Christopher J. Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer sought in the region’s largest manhunt, was apparently killed in a cabin as it burned down around him, but officials said they needed time to sort through the rubble. Read more: New York Times

Pope Benedict makes 1st appearance since resignation

Looking tired but serene, Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of faithful Wednesday that he was stepping down for “the good of the church,” speaking in his first public appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement of his resignation. Read more: ABC New York

“Banana Joe” named Westminster’s Best in Show

A five-year-old Affenpinscher from the Netherlands named ‘Banana Joe’ was chosen for Best in Show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Read more: NY1

Veslo’s captivating Croatian cuisine


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Alex DiBlasi

Touting itself as one of the tri-state area’s only truly authentic Croatian restaurants, Veslo brings Adriatic classics, reminiscent of grandmother’s kitchen, to modern times. While many Croatian restaurants mix in touches of Greek or Italian cuisine – attempts to appeal to a broader audience – Veslo’s dishes keep with tradition and remain strictly Croatian.

The interior is rustic with coastal elements complete with a vintage-oar-decked ceiling and fishing net embellishments. The fully-stocked bar offers its own separate menu, key for those looking to snack while they sip.

The grilled octopus – the spot’s most popular item – is served incredibly fresh with the perfect amount of char. A simple dish of tender tentacles in olive oil, garlic and lemon is the epitome of an Adriatic amuse-bouche. The stuffed mushrooms, bursting with a traditional Croatian meat mixture with celery and carrots, are topped with melted Parmesan cheese in a saffron cream sauce. With the saffron adding just the right amount of intrigue, the rich dish was easily a “must-have.”

A traditional Croatian meal, Brodetto a la Adriatico, showcases the region’s food forte of treats from the sea. Combining shrimp, sea bass, scallops, mussels and clams in a tomato and white wine broth over pasta, the flavorful dish is known for its popularity in the coastal Croatian region of Dalmatia. The restaurant’s head chef said the dish was exactly like his mother used to make.

For diners with a major meat craving, Veslo offers a mixed grill platter, outfitted with filet mignon, lamb chops, pork skewers and veal cutlets. Each perfect cut is better than the next and the platter comes adorned with a red pepper, eggplant and tomato dipping sauce.

For dessert, Veslo offers a smattering of Dalmatian-style crepes filled with Nutella, fruit marmalade and cognac custard. The phenomenal blueberry strudel, made with fresh fruit and ricotta cheese, might be one of the best things we’ve ever eaten.

 

Veslo’s
32-11 Broadway, Astoria
718-728-0549

Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Queens


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Choosing the right restaurant for romantic Valentine’s Day dinner date can turn even Casanovas into klutzes. So for all you Queens cupids, here are some dinner deals that will be sure to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Aegean Cove, Astoria, Greek: The restaurant is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $49.95 per person.

Locale, Astoria, Modern Italian: This eatery’s Valentine’s Day special is a $65 three-course prix-fixe menu.

Veslo, Astoria, Croatian: Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu for $50.

Marbella Restaurant, Bayside, Spanish: Enjoy a romantic dinner and dancing in the “costa del sol” ballroom for $65 per person.

Valentino’s on the Green, Bayside, Italian: The restaurant will feature a prix-fixe menu and live entertainment for $59 per person.

Baby Ray’s, College Point, Steak/Seafood: Receive 10 percent off when you reserve a table in advance.

Il Triangolo, Corona, Italian: There will be seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for the restaurant’s $60 Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu.

Giardino, Douglaston, Italian: Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu for $47.00 per person.

Strawberry’s Sports Grill, Douglaston, BBQ/Continental: Receive a complimentary bottle of champagne with the purchase of two entrees.

danny brown Wine Bar and Kitchen, Forest Hills: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $60 per person.

Wafa, Forest Hills, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern: Spend Valentine’s Day at Wafa and enjoy three-course prix-fixe menu for $34.95 per person.

Arturo’s Ristorante, Floral Park, Italiano: Enjoy a dinner with your loved one with three-course prix-fixe menu for $34 per person.

Deluge Restaurant, Flushing, Asian/American: Receive 10 percent off your meal with the coupon in this week’s Queens Courier.  The restaurant also features a prix-fixe menu for $59 per person.

Kati-Allo, Greek, Flushing: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $22.95 per person.

O Lavrador, Jamaica, Portuguese/Spanish: Spend Valentine’s Day dining on the food of the Iberian Peninsula with a $31 prix-fixe menu.

Austin’s Steak & Ale House, Kew Gardens: The eatery offers a $49 prix-fixe menu that includes a champagne toast.

Da Gianni’s Ristorante, Long Island City, Italian: Enjoy a specially created Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $35.

Riverview Restaurant & Lounge, Long Island City, Italian:  Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline while feasting on a three-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $85.

Testaccio Ristorante, Long Island City, Contemporary Roman: A four-course prix-fixe menu with complimentary glass of wine for $60.

Tournesol Bistro Francais, Long Island City, French: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $39 per person.

Water’s Edge Restaurant, Long Island City: The restaurant with views of Manhattan offers two Valentine’s Day deal: An $80 prix-fix menu featuring a live pianist and a $100 prix-fixe menu which includes a champagne toast, open bar from 7-11 p.m. and live DJ.

Trattoria Neo, Whitestone, Italian: Valentine’s Day includes a complimentary glass of wine and rose to go with a $49.95 prix-fixe menu.