May 29, 2016 |
The health department usually inspects a Philadelphia eatery once a year. At Copabanana on South Street, however, sanitarians have dropped in six times since January and asked it to shut down twice. The margarita and burger joint has a chronic problem with keeping food at safe temperatures. When perishable items are stored between 42 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit, toxic bacteria - the types that can cause food poisoning - can multiply quickly. On May 18 a sanitarian found calamari and coleslaw stored at 46 degrees, 5 degrees warmer than is considered safe.
August 18, 2014 |
For the poor, food is not only scarce, it's often rotten and germ-ridden. Corner stores and small supermarkets that feed vast swaths of impoverished Philadelphia offer bacteria-laced foods in unhealthy conditions that can lead to foodborne illness, a Drexel University study shows. Customers vouch for the science. "Potatoes and baby food are moldy, lettuce is rotten, and the mice are having a good time in boxes of noodles," said Rodney Jenkins, 47, an unemployed North Philadelphia man. "I ate bad fruit from a corner store and got sick.
August 14, 2014 |
A RIANA GRANDE and Big Sean found one of the big hits of the summer with "Problem. " They may have also found each other. E! News reports that the two are dating: "They have been friends since they made the song together. They have been spending more time together and recently have been getting very close. They are both doing great. " E! News had previously - and exclusively - broken the news that Ariana had ended things with her 19-year-old Aussie boyfriend, Jai Brooks . "When her grandfather was dying, everyone was there for her. People flew to Florida to be with her, but Jai didn't," the source said.
April 14, 2014 |
I am very sorry to have to tell you that Mother Mary's health has taken a dramatic and unexpected turn for the worse, so this won't be a funny column. Except for the fact that she is at her funniest when times are darkest. She's been newly diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, has moved up north with me, and has entered hospice care at my house. Mercifully, Brother Frank, Daughter Francesca, and family and friends are all around her, and she is resting comfortably. So comfortably, in fact, that the hospice nurses, who are saints on wheels, cannot believe it. One nurse asked Mother Mary if she was having any pain - and she pointed to me. So you get the idea.
January 10, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Reviewing autopsy photos of Nathalyz Rivera's emaciated body, a judge said she looked as if she had suffered in a concentration camp. Nathalyz, who was 3 when she starved to death inside her West Oak Lane home in September, lay on the medical examiner's table, her eyes sunken; her bottom, back, and head covered with bedsores; her bones poking through her skin; her hair gone in patches. "Like an Auschwitz child," Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon said during a preliminary hearing for Nathalyz's parents, Carmen Ramirez, 27, and Carlos Rivera, 30, who will be tried on murder and other charges.
November 21, 2013 |
Camden-based Campbell Soup Co., said Tuesday that it eliminated 250 salaried positions as it tries to streamline operations and reverse a decline in sales. A company spokeswoman would not say how many of the jobs came from its headquarters. The company took a restructuring charge of $20 million to account for those positions. Through this and other measures, the company said, it expected annualized savings of $40 million. In reporting quarterly financial results, Campbell said its quarterly profit fell 30 percent as U.S. sales of soups and V8 beverage declined.
May 24, 2013 |
Continuing its efforts to shift into faster-growing areas of the supermarket, Campbell Soup Co. said Thursday that it had reached an agreement to buy Plum Organics, a California producer of baby foods and snacks for toddlers and older children. Campbell did not say what it agreed to pay for Plum, owned by the venture-capital firm Catamount Ventures. Founded in 2007 by Neil Grimmer, the current chief executive, and a partner in Catamount Ventures, Plum Organics had $93 million in gross sales last year.
February 16, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - Before the stock markets opened Thursday, Pittsburgh's world-famous ketchup maker, H.J. Heinz Co., announced that it had agreed to be acquired for $28 billion in cash and debt by an investment partnership between Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, owner of such well-known brands as Burger King and Budweiser. Heinz had been the subject of takeover rumors for years, as many thought it was a small enough and tempting enough player in the food business to be swallowed by another company.
December 30, 2011 |
I am not a homemade kind of gal. I'm not even a homemade kind of mom. While I admire the moms who paint their own furniture and sew their own diaper covers and regularly sit their kids down at the long beat-up farm table for craft time, it just ain't me. I make a mean brownie and a decent spaghetti sauce, but that's about as far as I'll usually go. But a couple of weeks ago, I was reading Jennifer Reese's inspiring book Make the Bread, Buy the...
August 11, 2011 |
Just a few short weeks ago, my daughter Mila, not yet 2, happily munched on tapas and demanded more flatbread with dip at Amada. She chowed down on grilled eggplant picked from Linvilla Orchards, and devoured pattypan squash from the Media Farmers Market. She also enjoyed eating shrimp and fish. I proudly thought I had a hearty - even adventurous - eater. But then, the other night, Mila opened her mouth to let a mass of chewed grapes fall out: "Mom - has skin. " Minutes before, she wouldn't touch her asparagus, which she usually inhales.