April 17, 2015
THIS IS my year for beer travel, with group tours planned to Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria, as well as several Eastern U.S. destinations. I got things started earlier this month by leading about 150 beer lovers on a very cool river cruise to the Netherlands and Belgium. Eight breweries, two lectures, a beer dinner and many onboard bottle-shares later, and I'm left with exactly what I look for in travel: a sense of surprise. Here are a few discoveries that caught me off guard.
March 30, 2015 |
It takes vision to start a new fast-casual restaurant concept in a town like Philadelphia that's brimming with lunch options. And it takes something rarer and bolder than that to do so while still in college. While his Tulane study-abroad pals in the Netherlands no doubt were taking advantage of Amsterdam's more famous offerings, Brennan Foxman was busy studying restaurant business models. At the tender age of 22, the New Jersey native launched the Asian-inspired Wokworks at 1935 Chestnut St. It serves stir-fries of both the predesigned and build-your-own varieties, and he hopes it'll become the next Chipotle.
July 3, 2014 |
OK, YOU OBSESSED TWEEN. Give it back. The bench upon which the star-crossed teenage lovers kiss in the hit film "The Fault in Our Stars" is missing, and the city of Amsterdam isn't quite sure whether it's the fault of a prank, star-crossed lovers or fate. The fact is no one even missed it. The green bench that used to sit on the Leidsegracht resembles hundreds of others around the city, and its absence went unnoticed for at least a month - probably because someone placed a large flower pot on the spot.
May 31, 2013
By Fouad Ajami 'We swear by the almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone: We must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. " This was Michael Adebolajo, age 28, born in the United Kingdom to a devoted Christian family of Nigerian background. His hands covered with the blood of a young off-duty British soldier, Lee Rigby, Adebolajo and a younger accomplice made no effort to flee the scene of the crime last week in London.
March 18, 2013 |
It was getting late. A pleasant, memorable evening of barhopping was coming to an end. We'd sampled some of the best pubs and ales Amsterdam has to offer. One more stop, one more Heineken, and we'd call it a night. From the vantage point of an ages-old corner booth, my brother Rob and I reveled in the ambience: the music and dancing, the camaraderie, the warmth and the cozy atmosphere so characteristic of Amsterdam and the Dutch. What better than a "borrowed" Heineken glass to capture the memory?
February 27, 2013 |
AMSTERDAM - The city plans to raise the minimum age for prostitutes from 18 to 21 and force brothels to close during early-morning hours. At a news conference Tuesday, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said the moves came from a decision to crack down on crime in the city's famed Red Light District and protect sex workers - mostly women - from abuse. Amsterdam is home to about 8,000 professional sex workers, the city estimates, half of whom operate behind windows with red velvet curtains and red lights.
December 14, 2012 |
AMSTERDAM - Amsterdam's mayor said Wednesday that he would formally ban students from smoking marijuana at school, making the Dutch capital the first city in the Netherlands to do so. Eberhard van der Laan's introduction of an ordinance that in other countries either already exists or seems so obvious it would not require a rule is the result of the Netherlands' unique drug policy. Under the "tolerance" principle, marijuana is technically illegal here, but police cannot prosecute people for possession of small amounts.
September 7, 2012 |
'We are tolerant, but we have our limits," says a city official. Somehow 17th-century Amsterdam sounds oddly familiar, especially when it comes to immigrants, religious broad-mindedness, interfaith romances, and radical new ideas. And so this play by David Ives, New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 , at Lantern Theater, launches an absorbing, 2½-hour theological debate. The Portuguese Jews had fled persecution and found refuge in Holland, but their safety came at a price: obedience and silence.
August 31, 2012
Theater Cape May Stage: The 39 Steps Fast-paced stage adaptation of the Hitchcock mystery. Closes 9/7. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; Box Office: 609-884-1341. www.capemaystage.org . $35; $30 seniors; $15 students. Deathtrap Comic thriller about a playwright scheming to steal one of his students' works. Closes 9/23. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25-32; $22-29 seniors; $10 students and children. East Lynne Theater Company: The Poe Mysteries World premiere theatrical adaptation of several of Edgar Allan Poe's mystery stories.
April 22, 2012
Egypt's military: No hand in vote CAIRO - The head of Egypt's armed forces Saturday rejected accusations that the military is throwing its weight behind a candidate in next month's presidential elections a day after thousands of people demonstrated against the ruling generals. The statement came from Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who leads the military council that has ruled Egypt since Hosni Mubarak's ouster last year. Protesters have accused the generals of trying to manipulate the May presidential vote.