January 20, 2011 |
After three years, a crippling recession, and an armed robbery, Under the Oak Cafe in East Oak Lane is more than enduring - it is expanding, with Saturday morning cooking classes, Friday night gourmet dinners, and a newly hired, French-trained chef. The cafe, opened in 2008 by the husband-and-wife team of Robert and Kelly McShain Tyree, plus Kelly's brother, Devitt McShain, sits on an isolated street with almost no foot traffic. "It was definitely a risk. People told us we were crazy to open here," says Kelly Tyree, who was raised in East Oak Lane and lives there still.
March 13, 2003
SPEAKING of disarming dangerous thugs, would U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix please visit North Philadelphia next? Even the French might agree that Philadelphia's in-house drug dealers are in material breach of local gun laws - possessing weapons of crass destruction like the whopping-big Israeli-made Desert Eagle handgun likely used to wound sleeping 12-year-old Jonathan Quintana last weekend. If we're willing to send a quarter of a million troops to free the Iraqis from the Butcher of Baghdad, we ought to be willing to free our own neighborhoods from Saddam's spiritual cousins, like the Butcher of Berks Street.
January 28, 2008 |
On the cover of the latest issue of "The Boys," No. 14, Butcher - the star of the book - is standing in a virtual river of blood and covered with quite a bit of it. Which is appropriate, since "The Boys" has quite a bit of violence, and scenes that are not for the squeamish. It is also not for those who have a problem with comics depicting nudity or sexual situations. Or those who don't like profanity, since the characters - especially Butcher - use it frequently. Finally, if you consider yourself to be politically correct, you probably won't enjoy the terms and situations in "The Boys" that are practically guaranteed to offend, well, just about everyone.
January 19, 2012 |
OLD-SCHOOL is always in session at G&M Market in Glendora, a South Jersey town not far from the Deptford Mall. Master butcher and raconteur Hank Mariotti just celebrated 55 years at the family-run business, an old-fashioned butcher shop and deli that still makes homemade sausage and grinds and cuts meat to order. For customers with no time to cook, beef and pork are roasted fresh daily for sandwiches, and the hoagies and sandwiches are some of the best around. As he approaches his 80th birthday, Mariotti, who co-owns the business with his son Gary, still works seven days a week.
December 7, 1988 |
Not many years ago - certainly no further back than when Grandma was a girl - the butcher played a totally different role in the consumer's marketing experience. In those days, you could go to the meat counter, recipe in hand, and ask your friendly butcher, "What's the best cut to use for beef Bourguignon?" or "How long should I cook a three-rib prime rib?" and if he knew anything about his trade, he could tell you. And if you had six kids and your husband was out of work, the butcher probably knew that too. And there would always be some cut of meat that was "a real good special today.
March 16, 1994 |
One week after Lower Merion Committeeman Mac Butcher received the Republican endorsement for the 149th Legislative District, the Upper Merion Republican Committee donated $1,000 to unendorsed favorite-son candidate Fiore Vagnozzi. "We had decided we were going to back Mr. Vagnozzi, no matter what," said Wanda M. Smith, campaign chairperson for the Upper Merion Republican Committee. "It is time Upper Merion got recognized. We are always being ruled by someone from the Main Line.
April 3, 2003 |
ANY MINUTE now, Baghdad will fall. With any luck, Saddam will be falling with it - if he isn't already dead. As we all wait for the news, here's a do-it-yourself project to help pass the time: The Saddam Flip Book. Just carefully cut out each drawing of Saddam (courtesy of our own Signe Wilkinson) and staple them together on left side. Then quickly thumb through the pages and watch as the Butcher of Baghdad magically gets his just reward.
July 17, 2014 |
POLICE ARRESTED a SEPTA passenger and confiscated four BB guns, ammunition, two large butcher knives and a meat cleaver he carried with him Monday night as he rode the Broad Street Line. Darryl Donahue, 52, of Germantown, told officers he had the weapons for protection, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel said. He was riding the Broad Street Line north when a passenger noticed the "telltale bulge" of a gun in his waistband, took his photo with her smartphone and alerted police, Nestel said.
August 26, 2012 |
Charles J. Giunta Sr., 87, the third-generation owner of an Italian Market butcher shop that opened in the early 1900s and closed in the 1980s, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, of heart failure at his South Philadelphia home. The family at one time also owned a wholesale slaughterhouse in South Philadelphia and a pig farm in Deptford, Gloucester County, and in the 1980s spawned the butcher shops of two sons now in the Reading Terminal Market. Until this week, Mr. Giunta was a daily presence at the market, where son Charles operates Giunta's Prime Shop and son Martin runs Martin's Quality Meats & Sausages.
November 30, 1988 |
A standing rib roast of beef for dinner has for generations been one of the more popular Christmas traditions. Done right, there is no more magnificent meal - but doing one right does not begin in the kitchen on Christmas Day. It begins with a good, knowledgeable butcher weeks before. It was meat market tradition in days gone by that right after Thanksgiving, when the cooler was at last clear of turkeys, any good butcher would begin hanging back beef ribs for Christmas and New Year's.