October 4, 2000 |
Ask Oliver Quiah to name his favorite American food, and his bright eyes flash and he laughs and looks at his friend Sayce Falk and says, "Cheesebur. . .. gers!" Then ask him what he ate back in Liberia, his native country, and the light goes from his eyes, his jaw tightens, he grimaces and says, "Ah, rice, just rice. " Quiah is the leading scorer on what is a virtual United Nations soccer team at Upper Darby this fall. He has scored 22 goals. None of them are actually his real goal though.
January 24, 1999 |
Perhaps the word paradise is overemployed in travel stories about island destinations. Maybe you are only the latest in a long list of travelers to find that certain undiscovered spot. Undiscovered paradise or not, Cabbage Key is an escape from the Florida of high-rise condos and theme parks. It is a trip back to the Florida of old. Really old. Officials at the Museum of the Islands on nearby Pine Island say this area was the kingdom of the Calusa (or Caloosa) Indian nation 6,000 years ago. But by the mid-1700s, the Indians were decimated by disease brought over by Spanish explorers.
January 25, 1995 |
Do you have any idea why you're so powerless in the presence of that cheeseburger? Oh, sure, that succulent meat is oozing juice. The four corners of the cheese are languidly drooping into sight below the bun. That ketchup is . . . mmmmmm . . . sweet, saucy. Crisp golden fries and an icy cola complete the enticement. Why do you suppose you're so taken by all that? Better yet, why are people in Beijing and Jakarta taken by all that? That was the question food historian Elisabeth Rozin sought to answer in her scholarly new book, "The Primal Cheeseburger" (Penguin / $8.95)
August 8, 1997 |
This week, I reached out for a Triple Cheeseburger, available for a limited time only at McDonald's. The Triple Cheeseburger, which resembles a short stack of pancakes at IHOP, was created in honor of the new Disney cartoon "Hercules. " Judging from the so-so box-office success of "Hercules," the Triple Cheeseburger's availability may be more limited than McDonald's first thought. Here's the blueprint: three tiddly-wink-size beef patties, two slices of cheese, a shot of ketchup, a dollop of mustard, an itty-bitty pickle and a splattering of chopped onions on an untoasted bun. Total calories: 530. Fat grams: 31. Before I get to the meat of the matter, I sincerely doubt that Hercules ever ate a Triple Cheeseburger.
January 1, 1998
Eighth Day of Christmas (also Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) Prescribed Gift: Eight maids a-milking, etc. Activity: In some locales, this is a day for giving and receiving gifts. Seventh Day of Kwanzaa Theme: Imani (faith) Ramadan Activity: Fasting and abstinence. New Year's Day Activities: Making and breaking resolutions; putting up new calendars; watching bowl games on TV. Hangover remedies: Menudo; a brisk one-on-one basketball game; cold pasta and/or garlic bread; two bananas and a cheeseburger.
June 8, 2012 |
Outlet: Hatfield Grill, behind sections 135 and 136. We went: Pregame, 6:13 p.m. Wait: None. Order: The No. 2, a double cheeseburger with a side of fries. Cost: $8.50. Phindings: As the Phoodmeister strolled the concourse at Citizens Bank Park earlier this week, he pondered a heretofore unpondered question: Can you get a decent hamburger in our red-spattered slice of baseball heaven? We sought our answer at the establishment named, of course, for the venerable purveyor of meat.
April 9, 1998 |
Apparently, it was a false alarm on Sam Snead. Either that, or the Slammer concocted a plan to avoid the Tiger Woods's cheeseburger menu at the Masters Tournament champions dinner. Snead missed the dinner Tuesday night for the first time since his first Masters win in 1949 when he entered University Hospital with what originally was thought to be a mild stroke. His symptoms were later diagnosed as "overtiredness. " The three-time Masters champion is expected to tee off this morning with Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen in the ceremonial opening group.
June 23, 2011 |
Outlet: ALLEY GRILL We were there: Pregame, 6:20 p.m. Wait for service: About 5 minutes. Order: Double cheeseburger, garlic fries. Cost: $13.75. Phindings: Tucked away in the left-field corner of Ashburn Alley behind Harry The K's, the Alley Grill deals mostly in burger variations. My double cheeseburger - two American-cheese-covered patties, a dab of ketchup, a schmear of mustard and two tissue-thin pickle chips on a standard toasted potato bun - was filling and tasty enough, but hardly memorable.
July 16, 2002
A BIG DOUBLE bacon cheeseburger for Dr. Robert Atkins, who is no longer considered a big fat liar in his contention that the true culprit in the nation's obesity is not fat, but sugar and carbohydrates. For 30 years, Atkins has been ridiculed by the medical establishment for his "Diet Revolution," which encourages people to eat fat, but to avoid carbohydrates and sugar. His has been a lone voice in the wilderness of diet research. But a growing minority of experts are now conceding that he might have been right all along.
May 24, 2007
Here are Craig LaBan's favorite burgers in the Philadelphia region, in no particular order: The burger that inspired the song "Cheeseburger, I Hold," Good Dog's signature sandwich triumphs where so many before have tried and failed - stuffing a burger with blue cheese. The meat itself is deliciously seasoned, perfectly cooked, and wisely topped only with a mop of sauteed onions. But bite into the heart, and behold. A river of molten bleu. A powerhouse of tangy savor. Too rich to be an everyday burger.