October 9, 2015 |
Ok, so the Eagles haven't exactly crushed the opposition with their lackluster 1-3 start this season. But that doesn't mean that serious tailgaters have to lose their appetites. As you look toward Sunday's home game against the Saints, forget about serving typical ho-hum fare, whether in the Linc parking lot or your family room. With a little ingenuity and some strategic plays in preparation and presentation, your game-day spread can be championship material. Come on - no matter how low our Birds are flyin', ya still gotta eat!
August 16, 2015 |
STRATHMERE, N.J. - When you're a motel concierge in tiny Strathmere, your options are, shall we say, a bit limited. Then again, you're probably the only concierge in town. That was the lot of Ray Barr, so-called concierge with a cult following at the quirky old-school Strathmere Motel, where the sign on the office door nearly always says "Manager Temporarily Out. " That was certainly true of Barr, 61. He was rarely actually in the office - nobody was - though usually you could find him just around the side, sitting at the patio table sucking on a cigar and drinking a beer or whatever else a guest had put beside him. He was also known as the chief "connoisseur.
March 4, 2012
House Spirits of Portland, Ore., has become an early leader in the American craft-distilling movement with stylish takes on familiar spirits - gin (Aviation) and whiskey (White Dog.) Two of their other products, though, which have been recently made available online in Pennsylvania, are more unusual. Distiller Christian Krogstad pays homage to his Norwegian heritage with one of America's only aquavits, a smooth-yet-unsweetened schnapps re-distilled from neutral spirit with caraway and star anise, so vivid, earthy and complex, it's like sipping on a licorice snowball.
January 1, 2012
I've temporarily suspended the usual ban on vodka in this space because, well, it's New Year's Day, and I'm hankering for a Bloody Mary. So, if I must choose a vodka - that transparent spirit which usually ranges from rubbing alcohol to perfectly invisible - I might as well reach for some Pennsylvanian liquor pride. Hey, I might as well choose one that even tastes like something! Boyd & Blair's potato vodka scores on both counts. Made just outside Pittsburgh, this spirit, unlike so many phony upscale vodkas (often purchased neutral grain alcohol dropped through a filter straight into a fancy bottle)
June 21, 2011 |
Lincoln Center's reboot of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific has at least one thing in common with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's version: its Emile de Becque. William Michals understudied Paulo Szot on Broadway as the French planter and suitor to cockeyed optimist Ensign Nellie Forbush (Marnie Schulenburg), logging significant stage time in the role. It shows. Michals' roof-raising bass-baritone swells big enough in such lovestruck classics as "Some Enchanted Evening" to make you wish for a theater with the size and acoustics to give him the showcase he deserves.
May 24, 2011 |
Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" is her first as an international superstar. And "Born This Way," unlike her more fluffy, see-what-sticks debut "The Fame," bears left field marks under its pop costume: Heavy use of religious metaphor and repeated mentions of Jesus by name; a hybrid of throwback Euro dance sounds with sweeping rock goddess melodies, à la Bonnie Tyler and Lita Ford; and queer-friendly self-affirmation anthems that range from celebratory to...
October 22, 2010
OFFICIALLY, ANTHONY KIM pulled out of this week's PGA event in Las Vegas because he reaggravated a thumb injury. However, he's been seen partying and gambling in Sin City to the wee hours since last Friday. And, according to Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal , Kim's behavior has been far below par. "Pro golfer Anthony Kim could use a lesson or two to brush up his gaming table etiquette," Clarke wrote. "His salty language and screaming was so bad that Kim, 25, was asked to tone it down Monday by Bellagio management.
September 22, 2009 |
Ryan Dorris set his bottle of Chimay on a round table in the open-air plaza, parked his ukulele by his knee, and soaked up the ambience. A little more than a year ago, the 27-year-old house painter from King of Prussia had walked through this same spot along Second Street south of Girard Avenue. "I had friends who lived nearby. This was just a tract of mud. " The transformation was hard to fathom. On a Jumbotron suspended from an apartment building, Dorris could see Jimmy Rollins, a flash of scarlet rounding the bases.
July 13, 2009 |
TRYING to crowbar your way into journalism isn't easy. Interning at Philadelphia Weekly in the summer of '07, I spent most of my time fact-checking articles written by others, a chore that seemed to annoy both subjects and authors. But if you're lucky, an editor who sees something worth cultivating will take you under his wing. For me, that was Steven Wells, who died on June 24. "Swells" was a legend. After moving to the U.S. from England, he quickly attracted attention for his work at the Weekly.
May 3, 2009
Margaritas are so so típico for Cinco de Mayo. That's why, instead, I'm going to be giving my brew a spicy blush of Mexican pride with this "Michelada" - a traditional quencher that means "My Frozen Beer. " Think of it as a Bloody Mary souped-up with cerveza instead of vodka, plus a serious south-of-the-border kick. Recipes vary widely, but this is the one, from general manager Sergio Ruiz at Xochitl (408 S. 2nd St., 215- 238-7280), that got me hooked: Michelada Place the first seven ingredients into a blender and process for one minute or until smooth.