October 31, 2014
What to eat: Cupcakes? Pshaw! Wonderland Cakes offers "cake shots," an unusual, delicious alternative. These perfect parfaits come in a plastic tumbler with a spoon - layers of cake, mousse, syrup, frosting, fruit, preserves, liqueurs and even surprises like breakfast cereal and candy. Their best shots: When we visited, the cake shots on the menu were Apple Spice Seductress, Peanut Butter Bombshell and Pumpkin Pinup. All tasted and looked as lovely as they sound. Makin' whoopie: Yes, Wonderland bakers also make jumbo whoopie pies.
September 4, 2014 |
With curly brown hair, red lipstick, and much devotion, Arturo Galster performed for years as the incarnation of country-music superstar Patsy Cline. "He was hilarious. He was ridiculous. He was a genius," entertainer D'Arcy Drollinger remembered on Facebook. And producer Marc Huestis said: "He was THE MOST brilliant performer and loyal to the core. " Mr. Galster, 55, a popular star of San Francisco's drag performance scene and a Philadelphia native, died Monday, Aug. 25, in his adopted city.
July 18, 2014 |
IN THE WEEKS leading up to Laura Araujo's slaying, Jeremiah Jakson's life seemed to be spiraling out of control. Or he was on the cusp of greatness. It depended on the day and the hour, but it was all on display on Jakson's Facebook page, a constant barrage of selfies, street cliches and grandiose delusions. The spotlight-grabbing narcissist is the polar opposite of Araujo, 23, a shy college grad who never wanted much attention. "Im a good dude at heart but im done being a good dude," Jakson wrote on June 26. Jakson, 22, was a security guard with AlliedBarton Security Services, but was fired last month for performance reasons.
July 18, 2014 |
JEREMIAH JAKSON was a lousy security guard. He wasn't good at casing robbery victims, either. The 22-year-old Mantua resident was fired last month from AlliedBarton Security Services "due to performance reasons," the company said last night. So he decided last weekend to rob Laura Araujo, 23, a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia who was living in the same rooming home on 40th Street near Brown, police said. Jakson, who has at least four aliases and prior arrests on robbery, theft and gun charges, figured that Araujo had money because she drove a 2011 Toyota RAV4.
July 17, 2014 |
LAURA ARAUJO had her whole life ahead of her. Then it was all around her. Clothes, photographs, jewelry, all the worldly belongings of the 23-year-old college graduate were packed in bags and dumped near an abandoned house in North Philadelphia. Laura was in one of them. "She was placed in a trash bag and then was folded into a blanket and ultimately stuffed into a duffel bag," Homicide Unit Capt. James Clark said yesterday. Araujo, a New York native who graduated last year from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, was discovered by a trash-picker about 5:30 a.m. Monday on 3rd Street near Susquehanna Avenue following a "brutal attack" that likely occurred four to eight hours earlier, Clark said.
July 5, 2014 |
The seeds of Meei-Ling Ng's future life as an artist and urban farmer in Philadelphia were planted early, and far away, in the village of Lim Chu Kang, in a rural corner of Singapore. With three siblings, she grew up on a five-acre farm, where the family grew orchids, raised ducks, turkeys, chickens, and pigs, and pets - cats, dogs, rabbits, parrots - were plentiful. "It was heaven for us," recalls Ng, pronounced ung , who smiles wistfully at the memory of her grandmother's rambutan, mango, coconut, and jackfruit trees.
May 22, 2014 |
Just before Temple's Class of 2014 walked across the Liacouras Center stage Thursday morning, Betsy Manning shot stills of their shoes for Twitter, Flickr, and posterity. No pump - or toe - was turned away, because Manning's work has little to do with surnames Blahnik or Louboutin and everything to do with documenting the seniors' final show of self-expression as college students. "In the last five years, shoes worn at graduation have gotten so much more radical," said Manning, who has worked as the Temple University photographer for 10 years.
April 12, 2014 |
Most of the windows were broken. There were holes in the floors. The sense of an abandoned, unlovely, and unloved place was palpable. But when two young, newly married artists stepped inside this hulking home in West Philadelphia in 1975, they saw something else. "I not only saw potential - I knew that someday we would truly come to love this house," Deborah Gross Zuchman remembers. Today, this four-story twin home, vintage 1892, is the belle of their University City neighborhood, at once grand, graceful, and slightly wild.
February 28, 2014 |
Vetri venturing up Things are looking up at Vetri - Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin's tiny flagship restaurant at 1312 Spruce St. It is expanding upstairs, taking over the apartment that for decades has benefited from the aromas that wafted up not only from Vetri but from such gems as predecessors Two Quails, Le Bec-Fin, Chanterelles, and Ciboulette. The opening, pegged for May, will also mean Sunday dinner at Vetri, something that the restaurant has not offered in its 15-plus years.
February 27, 2014 |
The residential portion of the 17-story Beaux Arts-style Avenue of the Arts building at Broad and Chestnut Streets is being sold for an undisclosed amount. MRP Residential, of Washington, and Principal Real Estate Investors, of Des Moines, Iowa, said they had purchased 176,000 square feet of the building at 1338-48 Chestnut St. and will renovate the space as 220 rental apartments. While the buyers declined to disclose the amount they will pay, sources say the sale price would be in the range of $175 to $200 per square foot.