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A Traveller’s tale in the USA – part three 8 May

Coney Island Adventures I have wanted to go to Coney Island ever since I saw the 1979 cult thriller Warriors where Cyrus, a gang leader calls a summit of all the city’s gangs in Pelham Bay Park Representatives of the Warriors gang from Coney Island attend, but get framed for Cyrus’s murder and have to make it home. The result is a series of confrontations and escapes until the dénouement on the sands of the beach where the real killer is himself killed and falls bloodied to the sands. Today the souvenir shop at Coney Island still sells a wide range of Warriors memorabilia, T shirts from toddler to giant, hoodies, ashtrays (yes ashtrays), fridge magnets and the like, and the shop owner tells me they sell well. Coney Island is the world of Robert de Niro’s Raging Bull, a throwback to the 1904s/50s, now well faded and not even faking its former glory. While it’s rundown and even seedy in place, there are hundreds of millions of dollars being spent redeveloping it. Paul’s Daughter’s café reflects those times. It
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Dragonfly intrigues and delights

Oddly for a Chinese style restaurant (and also for me) I thought the dessert was the best of the three courses we ate. Not that the others were bad – they weren’t, but the apple pie was particularly special. Dragonfly is riding the crest of a wave of popularity, which taken at its peak leads on to the restaurant equivalent of fame and fortune. It was named as one of David Burton’s twenty best modern restaurants in Wellington – a list which includes the very over-rated Charlie Nobel’s where the food is only average and where staff may deign to serve you if they can be bothered. Popularity is not a reliable guide to quality or authenticity but Dragonfly doesn’t seek the label of best genuinely Chinese restaurant. On the contrary it is determinedly modern and innovative, which is precisely why it resonates with the younger dining out regularly set that filled the bar and tables on the Saturday night we visited. Our little party of two shared the spring rolls which were three long rolls in a firm case
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