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September 9, 1994 | GEORGE REYNOLDS/ DAILY NEWS
Former City Councilman Jimmy Tayoun is helped by family members as he cuts his welcome-home cake yesterday at the Middle East Restaurant. Friends of the recently released convict wanted to throw the party last month, while Tayoun was serving the last portion of his three-year prison sentence in a halfway house, but the feds wouldn't hear of it.
NEWS
October 15, 1994 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
Mayor Rendell (the guy in the wig), his wife Midge (right) and other participants dressed in colonial garb, sample a piece of William Penn's 350th birthday cake yesterday at a ceremony in City Hall courtyard (above). Visitors are reflected in a mirrored ball (right) above the "Compass Rose" mural that Rendell and city planner Edmund Bacon dedicated. The mural is an icon of old maps; Penn's original plan for the city is at the center.
FOOD
June 29, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
One fruit that many people associate with the Fourth of July is sweet cherries. When the summer crop is at its peak, any backyard gathering or picnic in the park is better with a basket of sweet cherries for snackers. The pits don't matter; cherries elicit delight from all ages. The possibilities for red, white and blue food combinations used to center on a compatible fruit partner - blueberries. Now, of course, there's blue gelatin. The young at heart might enjoy a batch of Blue Jell-O Jigglers this July 4 holiday to eat along with fresh sweet cherries.
NEWS
January 2, 1987
I disagree with The Inquirer's Dec. 20 editorial "Give federal officials a raise. " A presidential advisory commission has recommended an 85 percent increase in the salaries of top federal officials. How in the world can we give such raises with such a huge national budget deficit? You mention the high salaries of ballplayers, business executives, lawyers, etc. Not too many federal officials resign. Why? Because they have the best benefits: Free mailing, health insurance, office space, phones, etc. Members of Congress can earn more money by giving speeches to corporations and universities.
FOOD
February 10, 1988 | By Andrew Schloss, Special to The Inquirer
There are many ways to say "I love you," but none that has the eloquence and sensuality of a homey, sexy, heart-melting chocolate cake. It makes no difference if one's affections are snared by the innocent charm of devil's food or the erotic ecstasy of Black Velvet; when a kiss is swathed in an afterglow of chocolate, it lingers in the memory. Yes, it's almost Valentine's Day, and yes, chocolate has always had power. Holy water to the Aztecs and status symbol in the French court, chocolate has been thought of as an aphrodisiac, a tonic, a vitamin source and a medium of exchange, but mostly it is simply one of the most sensual extravagances the culinary world has to offer.
FOOD
August 28, 1991 | by Polly Fisher, Special to the Daily News
Dear Polly: Always put a shallow pan of water in the oven when baking a cake. The water will help keep the cake moist while baking. Wrap ice cream containers in foil before putting them in the freezer. This keeps the ice cream from turning grainy. Planting marigolds by the door helps keep ants out. Keep shaving cream in your car to use as a cleaner for dirty hands. When making fudge, stir in half a pound of marshmallows before you turn the fudge out to cool.
NEWS
January 24, 1993 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Susan Meloney did a double-take when she caught a glimpse of the cakes in the glass counter at Terstappen's Bake Shop. These were no ordinary cakes. "Oh, geez," said Meloney as she took a closer look. One heart-shaped cake featured a black and white portrait of a baby - his features perfectly shaded. A woman and her child smiled from the top of another white-iced cake. "They're great," said Meloney, who didn't waste any time pulling out her wallet. She whipped out a photograph of her husband and ordered his birthday cake.
NEWS
May 20, 1987 | By KITTY CAPARELLA and CYNTHIA BURTON, Daily News Staff Writers (Staff writers Maria Gallagher, Joseph Grace and Ann Gerhart contributed to this report.)
Middle East restaurateur James J. Tayoun, an overwhelming winner in the 1st Councilmanic District Democratic primary, had his cake and ate it too at a rowdy party in his restaurant last night. Surrounded by his family and closest political operatives, illuminated by TV lights, Tayoun picked up a knife, sliced a large layer cake and joined with his family in smashing cake in each other's faces. Within seconds, Tayoun was standing in front of a bar mirror, wiping cake off his face and dark pin-striped suit.
NEWS
November 29, 1989 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Confiscating advertising benches is a little like making a cake. This is not a riddle. This is Donald Kligerman's analogy to explain why ridding the city of illegal benches may take longer than he first imagined. On Nov. 19, a crew of eight spent 10 1/2 hours collecting 60 benches from sidewalks along the west side of Roosevelt Boulevard, according to Kligerman, the city's commissioner of licenses and inspections. Another collection was conducted Saturday. City officials estimate there are 2,500 ad benches, most of them in the Northeast and most, if not all, illegal.
BUSINESS
July 3, 1992 | GEORGE REYNOLDS/ DAILY NEWS
Willie Hernandez, of Oteri's Pastries on North 5th Street puts icing on 19- by-18-foot cake donated by Wawa Food Markets for this weekend's Daily News- sponsored Freedom Festival. The cake weighs 1,500 pounds and will serve 6,000 people. Ingredients include 646 pounds of sugar, 1,500 eggs, 296 pounds of butter, 200 pounds of flour and 144 gallons of milk. Wawa has 500 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
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NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carrie Pappas was going to get married last weekend, but got a kidney instead. She was at BJ's that Friday buying rolls - she'd spent the last month cooking all the food herself - when the call came from the transplant team: Come! Now! She was actually a little sad. Tears welled in her eyes as she went home to tell Dan Hallock, the man she was supposed to marry the next day, that the wedding was off. This would be the second marriage for both. Pappas, 42, had her first child as a senior in high school and got married the first time in her brother's kitchen.
NEWS
May 29, 2015
WHO DRIVES through a blizzard to pick up an ice-cream cake? Me, apparently, and I'm glad I did. I'm also glad I lived to eat it. This past February, my wife surprised me with my kind of birthday present: a "Mustachio Pistachio," from the Beese Knees, a new frozen confectionery based in Powelton Village. The beautiful cake, in all its vanilla-cardamom'd, pistachio'd and choco-crunchified glory, was ready for us. All we needed to do was go get it. As we "Tokyo Drift"-ed from South Philly to West Philly and back, tires spinning and kicking up slush every time I braked and swerved to avoid plowing over bundled-up pedestrians and manic children in mittens, I couldn't help but think: Dessert better be worth it. Oh, it was. And now that the local forecast is a little less arctic, the Beese Knees is emerging from the igloo to make brain-freeze believers out of the rest of you. Kids' stuff reimagined Leave it to two Jersey Shore kids to start an ice-cream company.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2015 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
There are fewer traditions cuter than watching a wide-eyed 1-year-old slather his face with his very first cake. Typically, the child is shocked at its sweetness, and the birthday party guests get a laugh and a cellphone shot. But like so many other mini-life-cycle events these days - finding out your baby-to-be's sex, getting a marriage proposal - this ritual has now got a name ("cake smash") and any number of entrepreneurs ready to help celebrate. There are cake-smash photographers, cake-smash outfits, and, of course, special cake-smash cakes.
NEWS
February 18, 2015 | ABBY CRUZ, Daily News Staff Writer cruza@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
VERNON WILKINS travels the city on buses, subways and foot, selling $1 carrot cupcakes he bakes from scratch, using a recipe he has made nearly every day - the exact same way - for the past 35 years. "I never ever, ever, ever changed or skimped on my recipe," he said. "I buy fresh products every day. I go to the market every day. One of my favorite sayings in life is, 'If it's not broke, don't fix it,' and that's how I managed to be successful so long. " In the beginning, Wilkins, 60, sold carrot cake in his West Philly store.
SPORTS
January 9, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A BUCKS COUNTY prison guard with a Sawschlong Obsession, or a proclivity for ogling inmates' private parts, was arrested for, among other jailhouse shocks, forcing inmates to play "patty-cake [pat-a-cake]" and hug one another, prosecutors said. Joseph Mullen, 28, of Feasterville, was charged by an investigating grand jury with official oppression and harassment yesterday after his sexually suggestive actions toward prisoners at the Bucks County Correctional Facility gave inmates the gruesome prison blues, according to authorities.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2014
What to eat: Cupcakes? Pshaw! Wonderland Cakes offers "cake shots," an unusual, delicious alternative. These perfect parfaits come in a plastic tumbler with a spoon - layers of cake, mousse, syrup, frosting, fruit, preserves, liqueurs and even surprises like breakfast cereal and candy. Their best shots: When we visited, the cake shots on the menu were Apple Spice Seductress, Peanut Butter Bombshell and Pumpkin Pinup. All tasted and looked as lovely as they sound. Makin' whoopie: Yes, Wonderland bakers also make jumbo whoopie pies.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2014 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
Licking icing from his fingers, 3-year-old Alex DiPasquo buzzed into the arms of his grandmother. "Did you take the smokestack off the cake?" Mickey DiPasquo, 64, said, feigning annoyance. A brightly decorated sheet cake, flaunting a map of Italy and the United States - and now, a mangled ship traveling between the two - sat on the dessert table surrounded by cream-stuffed cannolis, almond cookies, bowls of fruit, and pizzelles. "Why do we have a cake today?" she asked the boy, brushing him with kisses.
NEWS
June 18, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the customers of family-owned DiBartolo Bakery in Collingswood, it's no secret that Al DiBartolo and pastry chef Manny Agigian are artists in aprons. Think fanciful cake sculptures, freehand buttercream blossoms, to-die-for towers of fudge and chocolate mousse. Great baking, for sure. But do these Jersey guys have what it takes to be the Next Great Baker ? Tune in next Tuesday at 9 p.m. Season Four of the TLC cooking competition show starts with 10 baking teams from around the country, including Agigian, 33, and DiBartolo, 39, a cake artist.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
WHAT'S 5-foot-2, has swans-a-two, and every dude from Dr. Seu-ss? The Jersey-made cake that won Best in Show in City of Hope's 10th annual "Let Them Eat Cake" competition, that's what. Monday evening, Haddonfield's Sweet T's Bakeshop took home the blue ribbon (really a blue glass sculpture and generous gift basket) for its colorful, quirky and purposely askew take on this year's fantasy theme, beating out 20 other pro and student-made over-the-top pastries. The competition was friendly, but fierce: fairies vs. gnomes, happy brides vs. Mad Hatters, the "Hunger Games" vs. a giant orange octopus.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
It's not the most gastronomically appealing pairing of topics: eel and cheesecake. But fortunately for Barry Kratchman, he has an expertise in both. That has given his Classic Cake wholesale bakery, with 55 employees in North Philadelphia, its first export opportunity. Two weeks ago, 15,150 cheesecakes made at Classic's factory on Sedgley Avenue near Juniata Park set sail from the Port of New York on a container ship bound for South Korea. "Koreans revere Philadelphia cheesecake," said Kratchman, president since acquiring the 30-year-old Classic Cake in 2006.
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