November 8, 2015 |
On chilly fall nights, there is nothing quite as cozy as a mug of hot cider - except for a mug of hot cider spiked with a shot of Snap. When added at the last moment, this ginger- and molasses-infused liqueur from Philadelphia's Art in the Age, inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch ginger bread, has the effect of an instant mulling spice. I didn't expect to like this so much. I haven't had much luck with Art in the Age's line of boldly flavored organic liqueurs, which, such as Root, are so commandingly distinctive they do not always play nice as congenial mixers in cocktails, where they tend to overpower.
October 24, 2015 |
Drexel University and Philadelphia Media Network will launch a mobile news app created by Drexel students to serve millennial audiences. The app, which will be available to the public next year for download on Apple's iPhones, focuses on news in the Philadelphia region produced by the staffs of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. The app was conceived by undergraduate students at Drexel's Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship. Working with digital-media entrepreneurs Jordan Motzkin and Ari Winkleman, the students come from a range of disciplines, including marketing, business development, arts and sciences, and media art and design.
October 17, 2015 |
Before sixth grade, Eli Apple was nervous about playing football. He was small for his age, he said, and was afraid to get hit. But then he went out for the team, fell in love with the sport, and started dreaming about playing college football. Now, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Voorhees starts at cornerback for top-ranked Ohio State. The redshirt sophomore started 14 of 15 games last season, logging 53 tackles. In the national championship game, he intercepted a pass from Marcus Mariota to solidify the Buckeyes' 42-20 win over Oregon.
October 12, 2015 |
On a golden October afternoon on the outskirts of Strawberry Mansion, a crowd gathered around a hand-cranked wooden press to squeeze out fresh apple cider. On the lawn, children painted pumpkins and ate freshly made treats. In the shadow of one of the city's historic treasures, Saturday's seventh annual Woodford Orchard Apple Harvest Festival in Fairmount Park brought to life centuries-old crafts - and showcased one of the city's most unusual learning environments. Among the fruits of age-old talents on display, bakers shared homemade apple muffins, apple sauce, and pies to be judged and then quickly consumed.
September 4, 2015 |
Crab-Apple Salad Season There's a reason Audrey Taichman hasn't been seen much lately during the dinner hour around 20th and Spruce, the corner where nearly two decades ago she helped launch the minimalist chic spirit of Philly's BYOB boom with her iconic Audrey Claire. She's been putting kids to bed. Within the last three years, she had a baby boy, adopted the young twins of her sister, Leslie, who tragically died of cancer, and then became stepmother to two more sets of older twins through marriage this year.
July 24, 2015 |
WITH JUST TWO months to go until showtime, the World Meeting of Families team yesterday announced the release of its mobile app - "Go Philadelphia!" - and the addition of a family friendly film festival that will coincide with the faith-based congress. The "Go Philadelphia!" app, which can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android devices, provides tourists with maps, schedules and places to visit in the greater Philadelphia area from Sept. 18, the Friday before the World Meeting of Families begins, to Sept.
June 24, 2015 |
Taylor Swift smashes Apple She's Taylor Swift : Hear her roar! The 25-year-old Reading native has single-handedly forced Apple to change its marketing plans for its forthcoming Apple Music streaming service. The company had announced that for the first month, it would offer its subscription service free, conceding this meant the corporate giant would not pay artists any royalties during that period. Swift took to social media to protest. "It is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing," she wrote on her Tumblr, vowing to keep her new record, 1989 , off Apple Music.
June 21, 2015
Summer is always ripe for cherry pie. But this year, I'm excited about the one that's pouring on draft: Cherry Pie, the cider. This wickedly good blush of sweet-tart dry cider comes from Stone & Key Cellars in Montgomeryville, the eight-month-old custom crush winery from the owners of Keystone Homebrew Supply that's also become one of the state's innovative new cideries. S&K's initial cider series ferments a blend of up to 17 apple varieties from Solebury Orchards to complete dryness followed by a variety of vivid finishes, including a funky wild yeast for "Untamed," or the oaky vanilla of brandy barrels.
June 10, 2015 |
What Apple doesn't invent, it polishes. That's the strategy with the new Apple Music and Apple News, plus the upgraded Apple Pay, WatchOS, and iOS9 operating system. All were highlighted at the tech giant's Worldwide Developers Conference presentation Monday. Apple Music - given the "one more thing" closing slot on the program, reserved for the most important news - is the company's second swing at a subscription service. Such services are one of the only growth areas in the prerecorded music business.
June 4, 2015 |
"Hey, Siri, will home automation and smart security play a big part in my future?" Pundits have been saying just that, predicting a multibillion-dollar business built on web-connected home-control devices you install yourself or pay others to connect and monitor. And if you ask the dear girl today on your Apple smartphone or tablet, Siri will answer in the affirmative. Ditto local interested parties at Lehigh Valley's Lutron Electronics and Malvern's Zonoff Inc. On Tuesday, Siri's corporate parent, Apple Inc., unveiled the first wave of home automation products sporting a "Works with Apple HomeKit" logo.