May 13, 2015 |
Realism. As-flat-as-a-pancake realism. Rachel Bonds' new play, Five Mile Lake , carries realism to such an extreme that you keep waiting for it to be about something, but, like life itself, it just continues without an intermission. If there's an idea here, it's some cliché, like finding diamonds in your own backyard. And then I saw that my friend sitting next to me was weeping. And that's why there are all kinds of plays. This one, under Emily Mann's direction, using all the bells and whistles that McCarter Theatre has to offer, is very skilled realism.
May 1, 2015 |
They do things the old-fashioned way at Pisker's, the Westville bakery that iced its first cake when Calvin Coolidge was president. "We still cut our doughnuts by hand," says Dave Critch, a third-generation baker, whose father bought Pisker's in 1998. "A machine makes them look almost too perfect. " The unpretentious shop in the blue-collar Gloucester County borough of 4,200 opened on Delsea Drive in 1925. The bakery still occupies its original quarters, which feature a 1937 Hobart mixer, a candy stove from the 1940s, and a vintage dough-sheeter that Critch says "runs like a champ.
March 31, 2015 |
OVER THE 22 YEARS she's been selling beautifully decorated cakes and other sweets from her North Philadelphia bakery, Denise Gause's loyal customers have consistently offered her kind words, she said. "People would say: 'Oh, I'm so glad you're here. I don't have to bake anymore,' " Gause said yesterday. Or, " 'Miss Denise, I don't know what I would do if you weren't here.' " That contingency plan may have to be revisited by customers of Denise's Bakery on 22nd Street near Cambria in Swampoodle, a neighborhood with few options for baked goods.
December 16, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It wasn't long ago that the ovens at Formica Bros. Bakery were going full blast - putting out 50,000 pieces of bread a day. As recently as 2007, the nearly century-old establishment in the city's Ducktown section employed 70 people. Owner Frank Formica recalls how orders from casinos were like yeast to his dough, lifting his bakery's bottom line ever higher. Then, pummeled by out-of-state competitors, the casinos began to fall into a swoon, and this year, as four of them closed, Formica lost a big chunk of his business "in the blink of an eye. " He is down to 35,000 to 40,000 pieces a day, employs 40, and is sending his trucks ever farther to find new customers.
December 1, 2014 |
A cookie roof, sweet-and-sour candy shingles, pretzel doors and chimneys, and snowdrifts of frosting. It's not a holiday fantasy - it's the recipe for a real, live gingerbread-house workshop in Chestnut Hill. Bredenbeck's Bakery at 8126 Germantown Ave. is hosting its third annual season of classes, teaching the art of making gingerbread houses. The tradition began in Norway for Christmas and Easter and was brought to America by immigrant bakers. "There's no wrong way to decorate a gingerbread house, and any age can do it, so it's great for families," says Bredenbeck's owner and operator, Karen Boyd Rohde of Fort Washington.
September 26, 2014
A story Thursday on Sweet Christine's Bakery gave an incorrect telephone number. The correct number is 610-444-5542. A story Tuesday about federal grants to SEPTA misidentifed creeks subject to flooding in the Jenkintown area. The creeks are Baeder Run, Tacony Creek, and Tookany Creek.
August 21, 2014
The South Jersey team of Al DiBartolo and Manny Agigian placed second in the TLC cooking show Next Great Baker, which revealed its winner on its fourth-season finale Tuesday night. DiBartolo, 39, of the family-owned DiBartolo bakery in Collingswood, and Agigian, 34, a pastry chef, competed again nine teams from around the country for a grand prize of $100,000 and an offer to work for a year with "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro at his new bakery at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
July 31, 2014 |
AFTER ALLEGEDLY fatally shooting a young husband and father during a botched robbery last September, Tyreek McNeil didn't lie low or keep his mouth shut. Instead, the day after the slaying McNeil, 22, allegedly told a group of friends that he was the one who pumped three bullets into the torso and upper back of Jose Gabino Aparicio, 22, at 8th and Watkins streets in South Philadelphia shortly after 4 a.m. on Sept. 26. Yesterday, after one of those friends, Jahmir Carney, testified about hearing the gunman's confession, Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan ordered McNeil to stand trial for murder, robbery and related crimes.
July 3, 2014
The deal: The South Philly corner spot's been there since 1947 and still feels like a best-kept neighborhood secret. When owner, pastry chef and neighborhood kid John Conlosi bought the biz in 2010, he kept the recipes - and resurrected a summertime tradition: the plain doughnut, sliced in half and filled to order with vanilla or chocolate Jack & Jill ice cream, and dusted with powdered sugar. Conlosi said that he remembered the treat "as a child, growing up right across the street, at 9th and Jackson.
June 27, 2014
P ETE MERZBACHER, 25, of Olney, lives above the bakery Philly Bread, which he founded. The startup beat out nine other finalists on June 19 in the inaugural "Lightning in a Bottle Competition" sponsored mainly by ab+c Creative Intelligence, a marketing-and-communications firm in Wilmington and Philly. Winning netted Philly Bread a year's worth of free marketing. The bakery makes a healthy version of the English muffin, dubbed the "Philly Muffin. " Q: The idea for Philly Bread?