January 1, 2016 |
It's a custom among some Philadelphians to spend New Year's Day covered in sequins, walking along Broad Street, drinking beer and dancing. Others adhere to an alternative tradition, best practiced in private, involving abundant groaning and clutching of the head and the toilet tank. That is, of course, the New Year's hangover. How best to treat this annual affliction is a matter of some debate. So we turned to the pros - local chefs, who tend to put in late hours and, perhaps, partake in the occasional, end-of-the-night-shift drink.
December 24, 2015
DEAR ABBY: My 7-year-old daughter, "Rosie," recently came home in tears because a classmate, "Emily," told her I was a liar and she was an idiot for believing my lies. Then Rosie asked me if I had been the one putting money under her pillow and presents under the tree all along. Ultimately, I told her that, yes, I had. But I stressed how important it was that she not ruin other kids' belief in the tooth fairy, etc. The cat is out of the bag for my child, but do you think I should mention this to Emily's mother?
December 14, 2015 |
Since America's response to its grotesque gun violence is more guns, it's hardly surprising that in the face of a campus binge-drinking epidemic, more colleges have decided to sell alcohol at sporting events. Having already ceded authority over their athletic programs to boosters, shoe companies, and TV networks, university presidents have more recently been busy surrendering to powerful brewers. "One of the main issues confronting universities is alcohol abuse," West Virginia University president Gordon Gee said earlier this year.
November 19, 2015
CANDIED YAMS. Sausage stuffing, dripping with mom's homemade gravy. Good ol' sweet-potato pie. These Thanksgiving favorites taste sinfully delicious, no doubt. And I am the last person to tell you to deprive yourself. But you've worked hard for that physique, and you don't want to blow your waistline on a big meal, right? Here are some strategies to get you through Thanksgiving Day without feeling like a stuffed turkey. 1. Don't starve yourself before the big meal.
October 26, 2015
Charlie Mooney had his white notebook binder with him, complete with a revenue analysis chart. Mooney is not a high-flying CEO, or a bean counter from Wall Street. He is director of retail operations at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which runs the 604 Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores in the state. State stores have long been despised for limited selection, high prices, and poor service. But Mooney uses such terms as "rebranding" and "consumer-friendly" in describing the state's effort since 2010 to revamp the stores to boost sales and fend off privatization, which continues to be a goal of the GOP-run legislature.
October 6, 2015 |
For vintage Pennsylvania liquor law lunacy, 2015 has been a very good year. Whether the Malvern attorney and oenophile Arthur Goldman amassed his vast wine collection for fun, profit, or both, his now-infamous illicit cellar was a direct consequence of the Prohibition-era laws that compel citizens to settle for the State Stores' stunted selection - or else. Now the bureaucracy born of those laws is leading as inexorably as ever to another absurd result: the pointless destruction of more than a thousand bottles of fine wine.
September 24, 2015 |
THOMAS EWING was stabbed 11 times - seven in the chest. His alleged assailant, Angelo "Angel" Maldonado, 40, who was a regular at Owen's Cafe, a neighborhood bar in Mayfair, was held for trial yesterday by Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan on charges including first-degree murder and possession of an instrument of crime. At Maldonado's preliminary hearing, Ewing's best friend and a police detective testified. The evidence so far suggests that Maldonado, of Claridge Street near Luzerne in Juniata Park, may have stabbed Ewing, 21, of Northeast Philly, because he thought Ewing and others had robbed the bar. Whether that was the real motivation behind the chasing and stabbing of Ewing that night may not be known until Maldonado's trial.
July 31, 2015 |
It's the food you've shunned that has the greatest potential to surprise. Take this summer when I made, on a whim, Dorie Greenspan's citrus berry terrine for a family gathering. Despite the fancy name, it was a straight-up gelatin mold, flavored simply with orange juice, though the jewellike flashes of segmented fruit in every slice made it look fancy and complicated. If I'd told my guests in advance what I would be serving, they might have scoffed, flashing back to pretzel and mandarin-orange studded rings of yesteryear, but their reaction to this fresh-tasting dessert was pure delight.
July 16, 2015 |
SO NOW we're told Donovan McNabb's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he was arrested in Gilbert, Ariz., last month. This means the former Bird could become a jailbird. McNabb was involved in a non-injury collision with another vehicle on June 28. Yesterday, police said his blood-alcohol level was 0.17. The legal limit is .08. It was the second DUI arrest in Arizona for McNabb, who spent a day in jail in April 2014 for a misdemeanor DUI offense near Phoenix in December 2013.
July 2, 2015 |
The powder looks harmless enough. But when added to water, the packet of Palcohol creates an adult beverage with the same alcohol content of a standard mixed drink. It can also be snorted, creating a choking hazard, or abused, by adding too much powder or mixing it with drugs for a dangerous high, state lawmakers said. Legislation that would prohibit the sale, delivery, or purchase of powdered alcohol is awaiting Gov. Christie's signature following overwhelming approval Monday by the Senate and Thursday by the Assembly.