December 22, 1989 |
The Grapevine Cafe is a can't-get-there-from-here outpost that fairly dares customers to find it. Located on a block of Vine Street in Old City, surrounded by "Road Closed" signs and the cratered treachery of the Vine Street project, it opened bravely two weeks ago. The name summons up a cozy wine bar with French lace curtains and a bounty of wines by the glass. Well, it's not that. Inside, the Grapevine is a cavernous club with a dance floor bathed in flashing multicolored lights and three commodious bars.
July 8, 1987 |
The menu offered a list of appetizers, but Lois Vederman was really in the mood to nibble on a neck. Luckily, Neal Cohen had one handy. So, Lois sat on his lap. Neal cocked his head. Night fell. The breeze picked up. The boats rocked gently. And they left, arms around each other. For a little something, there is the Waterside Cafe, an outdoor bar and restaurant that opened last August on the Delaware River, in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge. With it's yellow-and-white striped tent, lanterns, and wooden deck, the Waterside Cafe is a popular evening hangout that holds 400 people, and frequently gets them.
May 17, 1989 |
Philadelphians may have an opportunity to taste some fresh beer this summer at what would be the city's - and Pennsylvania's - first brew pub. David Mink, owner of the Sansom Street Oyster House, and Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co., which brews Samuel Adams Beer, hope to open the Samuel Adams Brew House by July on the second floor of Mink's restaurant at 1516 Sansom St. A brew pub produces beer for on-premises consumption. Industry statistics reported 59 brew pubs in operation at the end of 1988, most in California.
October 6, 2008 |
From bar stools to living room recliners, Phillies red washed away Eagles green yesterday for a most unusual Sunday blessing: a professional baseball-football October afternoon. Except the Linc, where the Eagles dropped one to the Washington Redskins, many Philly sports fans left their green Brian Westbrook jerseys in the hamper and opted for crisp Ryan Howard tees as the Phillies won a fourth and deciding playoff game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Clothing choice was one thing.
August 9, 2002 |
The kitchen may be the only room in the house where all the members of a modern family will eventually cross paths. So it makes sense that the kitchen should cater to youngsters as well as adults. That means it should be a hospitable, welcoming, accommodating and comfortable place to which they will gravitate to spend time with parents and older siblings. If you're remodeling an older kitchen or designing one for a new house, there are many options to consider. Kitchens that are open to family rooms and dining rooms allow children to maintain contact with adult cooks.
May 2, 2004 |
Because family and friends inevitably gravitate to the kitchen, does it make sense to cater to their needs first - even at the expense of monolithic appliances and cabinets galore? It can, if we acknowledge that the kitchen is the true hub around which much of modern daily life revolves. Then, comfortable seating that encourages lingering, fosters conversation, and promotes human interaction becomes a common-sense priority. Seen in that light, a kitchen designed primarily for cooking is a missed opportunity to give a home a genuine emotional center, a place where those who live there and those who visit can gather in a casual, relaxed and hospitable setting for extended periods of time.
October 10, 2004 |
In some cases, expanding a kitchen by adding on or annexing space from adjoining rooms is unavoidable. But in many others, it's a colossal waste of money. Every dollar you spend on additional square feet is one less dollar you have to spend on quality cabinets, countertops and top-of-the-line appliances - or any other element that makes cooking and dining in easier and more enjoyable. Much of the cost of kitchen expansion does not go to the kitchen anyway. It goes to extending the foundation and the roof or patching the floor and ceiling when a wall is moved.
December 11, 1988 |
You say you completed your Christmas shopping without visiting First Monday in Canton? Pity. Then you've missed out on many of those unique gift items, so hard to find in today's K mart world: Hunting mules. Hand-tooled leather toilet seats. Fake ficus plants. Antique bucket hooks. Live baby pigs. Large photos of Marilyn Monroe with her skirt flying up. And, yes, decorative skunk skins. The mind absolutely boggles at the width and breadth of things for sale on the first Monday of each month in this little east Texas town, which plays host to an event that officials brag is The Biggest Flea Market in the Entire World - a claim apparently unchallenged even by the merchants of the casbah.
April 7, 2002 |
Given a choice, many restaurant patrons invariably choose a booth over a table. It's not just because a booth with a wide, cushioned seat and a well-padded back is more comfortable than a restaurant chair. A booth is cozier, embracing its occupants and giving them a reassuring sense of enclosure and intimacy. Applying the same psychological and emotional criteria to kitchen seating is a good idea. But too often, despite our craving for kitchens that are gathering places for kith and kin, we put machinery and cabinets ahead of truly comfortable - and comforting - seating.
February 27, 1991 |
Has Philadelphia missed the bistro boat? All over the country, bistros and bistro cooking are the rage. In New York, the trend has been going strong for four years. Here, we're hard-pressed to find more than a couple. Although several restaurants have appended the title to their name, almost none of them are bistros. The biggest dictionary in our office says a bistro is any small, modest European-style restaurant or cafe. To me, and to anyone who's visited the genuine article in Paris, bistro means French - French home cooking, specifically.