June 17, 2016
Guess from these photos where Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. Soft-shell crab banh mi 2. Artichoke bisque 3. Saffron arancini with lamb ragu For a fresh serving of Craig's Crumb Tracker quiz, join him 2 p.m. Tuesdays on his online chat: inquirer.com/ labanchats Answers: 1. Oyster House (1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102) 2. Capital Grille (1338-46 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) 3. Morgan's Pier (221 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19123)
October 23, 2015 |
Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. challenged his former roommate and ex-business partner in federal court Wednesday, a day after the man offered unflattering testimony against Fattah in his bank- and tax-fraud trial. In a tense cross-examination, Fattah - the 32-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) - confronted Matthew Amato, 33, about their efforts to launch a personal concierge service in 2005 and government allegations that they blew thousands of dollars they borrowed to support the business to outfit themselves with the trappings of a luxury life.
October 23, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH JR. was cross-examining a witness who eight years ago had sought out his business, when the man blurted out: "You stole $10,000 from me when I was in high school! Can I have my money back?" Fattah, 32, defending himself in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on 23 counts of bank- and tax-fraud charges, ignored Kevin Corrigan's angry outburst yesterday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Gray had called Corrigan, 27, to testify about his attempts to get a highly sought-after American Express card through Fattah's American Royalty company.
July 31, 2015 |
A notable month Luis Lorenzo and Nora Portugal, who started with one Nora's taco cart at 38th and Spruce Streets on the University of Pennsylvania campus and recently added a second one nearby, have gone the brick-and-mortar route. Earlier this month, they not only opened Nora's at 248 South St. (267-758-2413) but had a baby. Days after delivering little Nora, Portugal was working again. Lorenzo, who is from Mexico, has front-of-the-house experience at Capital Grille and Buddakan; Portugal is Peruvian and has been cooking Latin as a caterer.
March 6, 2015 |
SUNSHINE STATE Rapper Flo Rida , a/k/a Tramar Lacel Dillard , made a stop in Bala Cynwyd on Tuesday to teach his new fitness regimen to an exclusive group at AFC Fitness (601 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd). Dillard, 35, is promoting his new FLO Fit program, which promises to get you in the best shape of your life with his high-intensity workout plan and DVD set. According to AFC Fitness president Matt Littman , about 30 participants got a FLO Fit tutorial from the Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
March 31, 2014 |
Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams never liked Tyron Ali. It was a gut instinct, based on what he saw and how the lobbyist approached him at political events. "He was one of those braggadocio guys, showing money and checks," Williams said. " 'I can help you. I'm helping people.' I told him, 'No, man.' " Five Philadelphia Democrats did not share Williams' distaste and eventually were recorded on tape by Ali as they accepted cash or gifts from the lobbyist-turned-government informant, sources say. Today the roiling controversy triggered by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision to quash the undercover investigation has focused attention on the man at its center.
February 18, 2014 |
EAGLE-EYED celeb spotters may have noticed the former star of "The Hills" Audrina Patridge bouncing around town this weekend, as she shot scenes for a Philly episode of "1st Look," a travel series that airs in select NBC markets (like ours) in the post-"Saturday Night Live" time slot. Patridge had been to Philly only once before for a World Series game with billionaire Phillies silent owner John Middleton , but this was her first chance to really explore, hitting up Montreal bagel spot Spread Bagelry (262 S. 20th St.)
November 1, 2013 |
And for the next big act debuting soon on the Avenue of the Arts: Dinner in 16 one-bite acts? "The stage is set for Iron Chef Jose Garces," touts a blue banner draped across the Spruce Street flank of the Kimmel Center, where the marquee restaurant called Volvér is under construction for an opening by the end of the year. That the Kimmel Center is trying again to house a serious restaurant is only part of the story. The first attempt 11 years ago failed miserably with Cadence - the second-floor venue doomed by high prices, inconsistent cooking, and even more sporadic hours.
October 25, 2013 |
GLENN BECK is moving to Philly. Kind of. In the wake of the news that Rush Limbaugh will be returning to 1210 WPHT, I've learned exclusively that Beck will give his Internet-only TheBlaze Radio Network a Philadelphia feel by adding local news and weather twice per hour and traffic four times per hour, provided by partnerships with local news and information services. Philly is the first market for the localized expansion, but I hear Beck wants to move to more markets.
June 15, 2012 |
IF VACATIONS and road trips usually add up to an overload of fast food and unhealthy snacking for your brood, don't fret. Thanks to a new mobile app, healthydiningfinder.com , you can follow healthy signposts along the highway and pick nutritious meals even in the casual and chain restaurants that tend to cluster around the theme parks and resorts where families descend. What you choose from these menus makes all the difference in the world. If you want to scare yourself to death, go to livestrong.com and check out the calories and fat content in typical menu items from Burger King (Double Whopper, 900 calories)