January 10, 2013 |
The meat cases at Sonny D'Angelo's singular butcher shop were half-empty and a bit of a mess one day last week in the languor of postholiday Ninth Street. The lardo was buried under a slab of double-smoked bacon, and some sausage trays lacked for labels, though you could make out the hand-scrawled sign for a pumpkiny pork sausage (with bourbon and walnuts), a feature of one of his claims to fame - the meticulously artisan, labor-intensive, bread-free turducken. Business had been robust before New Year's, he said, with his seven-fishes sausage to make, his exotic game to pitch.
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.
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.
February 15, 2003 |
Jack Pagano, 72, of Meadowbrook, a former butcher who introduced sophisticated cuisine to consumers in the Philadelphia area, died of cancer last Saturday at Jeanes Hospital. In 1972, Mr. Pagano opened a butcher store near Rittenhouse Square. A few years later, when a meat-packing strike made it difficult to obtain prime meat, he enlarged his cheese selections and added other food. Pagano's later moved to Walnut Street, and by the mid-1980s, there were two other locations in Center City.
February 16, 1990 |
Duel and duet are almost exact opposites as activities, but as words they have a lot of similarities. Drolly, Tecnicas de Duelo (Details of a Duel) explores this, examining two challengers who, in defending their besmirched honor, learn that their armed conflict requires equal measures of antagonism and harmony. Set in an Andean village circa 1956, Sergio Cabrera's Tecnicas de Duelo purports to be based on a true incident. Whether or not this is actually the case, the director's roguish comedy truly lampoons the machismo of some Latin men. And as wryly depicted in this, Cabrera's first feature, macho is an equal-opportunity deployer, bloating the self-importance of intellectuals and proletarians alike.
February 6, 1994 |
Adam Baran, 89, a Holocaust survivor who was a prisoner at more than three concentration camps, died Friday at Newcomb Medical Center in Vineland. Born in Drobin, Poland, Mr. Baran was a farmer before the war. While serving during World War II, he became a political prisoner and was held in several concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Dachau. All but one of his family members perished in the camps. "He never thought that he would make it," said his son David. "There was a point that he had been beaten so badly that he was thrown for dead on a pile of bodies.
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.
November 23, 1990 |
There was the "Great Turkey Rush of 1944," when seven shoppers fainted and police and firemen were called out to maintain order. There was the time that Bassett's Ice Cream created borsht (beet)-flavored ice cream for visiting Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev. There was the auto tycoon who had a special train deliver his weekly grocery order from the Reading Terminal Market to his Maryland farm. Perhaps no other Philadelphia institution is as steeped in tradition and history as the Reading Terminal Market.