August 16, 2016 |
After a back-and-forth struggle, the Soul got revenge on the Jacksonville Sharks on Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, winning the conference championship and advancing to ArenaBowl XXIX. The 55-50 victory left the Soul one win away from their first Arena Football League championship since 2008. Just last season, the Sharks dispatched the Soul, 61-56, in the American Conference final. The Soul (15-3) will take on the Arizona Rattlers on Aug. 26 at Gila River Arena.
August 16, 2016 |
THREE CHEERS for Adele . She turned down performing the bloated halftime show at the Super Bowl. E! News reports that as the big-time balladeer finished her eight nights at the Staples Center in L.A., she spoke about her love of all things Kardashian, her hatred of giving up pizza for the good of her voice (it's the acidic tomatoes, not the cheese) and not singing solo at the big game. "First of all, I'm not doing the Super Bowl," she told her fans. "I mean, come on, that show is not about music.
August 8, 2016 |
About 90 years after his grandfather helped introduce talking movies to Philadelphians, Bruce Frank returns with an innovation of his own. He has named his new business Revolutions, opening at month's end in Fishtown's Penn Treaty Village development. You can call Revolutions an MVE - industry term for a multi-venue entertainment site. Just don't call it a bowling alley, because it's much more than that. While spinning gears, balls, bottles, and turntables seek to create what Frank calls "the wow factor," Revolutions' primary come-on will be 26 lanes of Brunswick bowling tweaked with some pretty cool creature comforts and technology.
July 16, 2016 |
Q: I have two dogs, both older golden retrievers, whom I love. Here is the problem. My husband keeps moving our dogs' food and water bowls out into the garage, and because we store the food in the kitchen, I move the bowls back. He thinks the bowls are ugly and in the way. I agree, but I'm the one who feeds them, and I get sick of carting the food into the garage or the bowls into the kitchen to fill. I get that this is a silly thing to argue about. - P.D. A: Oh, I wish you'd sent in a picture of your dogs.
July 6, 2016 |
THE WIENER and still champion . . . Former three-time Wing Bowl champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut beat his own record in regaining Nathan's Mustard Yellow International Belt Monday, downing 70 hot dogs and buns - and more amazingly, keeping them down - to top defending champ Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie at the annual July Fourth eating contest. Chestnut, 32, was on a roll as he easily secured victory by swallowing 17 more hot dogs than Stonie, who last year ended Chestnut's streak of eight straight wins to take the championship title at Nathan's Famous on Coney Island.
July 3, 2016 |
WHAT IT IS - Of course, that pervasive pizza-and-french-fries-mixed-with-ice-cream-and-cotton-candy scent found on any Jersey Shore boardwalk can quickly veer you off into bad-eating oblivion. But if you're looking for something completely different - as in super-healthy - a Monkey Bowl from the Aloha Smoothie Co. in Wildwood or Cape May could be just the thing. More of a West Coast and Hawaiian concept, and similar to a healthy sundae, the smoothie-in-a-bowl typically pairs a cold whipped concoction of some sort - usually frozen yogurt - with items like fresh fruit and high protein foods, including acai and gogi berries.
July 1, 2016
Soda worth the extra cents There has been much ado about soda in the news lately. One bubbly beverage worth the extra 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax is the Philadelphia-brewed Press Gang Ginger Beer. It has the right amount of ginger, plus lime juice, vanilla, and, yes, cane sugar for sweetness. - Samantha Melamed Press Gang Ginger Beer, $3.99 for 11 ounces, at Fair Food Farmstand at the Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia, 215-386-5211. For your fresh fruit The farmers' market is the inspiration for many of the wares at Heirloom Home & Studio, the small ceramics studio run by Gregg and Jackie Moore of Glenside.
June 6, 2016 |
Hello there Back home in the city after a day of teaching honors English at Abington Senior High School, Julie walked to Devil's Alley to meet friends and watch the Flyers. Arriving first, she sat at the bar. "This handsome, confident man in a suit sidled up to me. " That was Charlie, president of the M.B. Funding Inc. commercial finance firm, also there to watch the Flyers and also earlier than his pals. There was Julie, attractive and sitting by herself. "I was not expecting anything more than a five-minute pleasant conversation, but five minutes led to an hour.
May 20, 2016
Cook from the Boardwalk and beyond Fast-forward from spring to summer with The Jersey Shore Cookbook , a compendium of dishes - like blueberry scones and spaghetti and crabs - from beloved fine-dining restaurants, seafood shacks, and pancake houses from Cape May to Asbury Park. With tempting photos and chef profiles, the collection by Jersey food blogger Deborah Smith is a Shore dining guide and cookbook in one. - Samantha Melamed The Jersey Shore Cookbook by Deborah Smith, Quirk Books, $22.95 Botanical bowls for summer For dining on the deck or by the pool, these lovely serving dishes look amazingly close to porcelain, yet are made of melamine, and thus are lightweight, shatter-resistant, and dishwasher safe.
February 10, 2016 |
It may have started with puppies, but now everyone wants in on the big game. Key and Peele, Alicia Florrick, Jason Bourne, Stephen Colbert, President Obama, Conan O'Brien, James Corden all showed up, in one way or another, during Super Bowl 50 Sunday. With diminishing audiences for just about everything, the Super Bowl has become one of the few mass-media platforms still standing, and it isn't just advertisers climbing aboard. It's the media themselves. While the Carolina Panthers unsuccessfully battled the Denver Broncos on Sunday: CBS took the opportunity to announce that the critically acclaimed series The Good Wife , and viewers' relationship with Julianna Margulies' Alicia, would end with this season; Universal unveiled a super-cut Matt Damon in the now officially named Jason Bourne ; and various publications circulated stories and statistics about the danger of the game that everyone was watching.