August 15, 2016
Entrepreneurship might seem like an odd word to associate with Cuba, but it seems increasingly apt, given the individuals I met during a week traveling the island. From the tobacco fields three hours outside of Havana to downtown restaurants that rival the finest Philadelphia has to offer, one can find the seedlings of capitalism and businesses built for profit sprouting everywhere. Don't misunderstand. Cuba remains a nation of great disappointment and contradiction. Friendly people live amid spectacular scenery but are nevertheless trapped in a socialist system that never delivered on the promises of the revolution.
August 6, 2016 |
A man and a woman were arrested Thursday and charged with rioting last week at a Wawa store in Tacony, police said. Barbara Bayona, 43, and Jonathan Rodriguez, 20, both of the 6400 block of Ditman Street, were charged with riot, criminal conspiracy, terroristic threats, and related offenses for the melee that occurred at 6400 Torresdale Ave. last Friday. A video of the incident, recorded on a cellphone and viewed more than 600,000 times on social media, shows a group of men and women arguing with employees and customers, and violently throwing food and other display items on the floor.
July 20, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - For another year, at least, cigar smokers can puff away tax-free. In the state budget deal signed Wednesday by Gov. Wolf, they escaped the fate of cigarette smokers, who will have to cough up an extra $1 tax a pack. Users of snuff and chew or loose tobacco will pay 55 cents more an ounce. The price of switching to vapor products and electronic cigarettes will include a new 40 percent wholesale tax. Just about everybody with a nicotine habit will be helping narrow the gap between money coming into state coffers and money going out - everybody but stogie lovers.
June 20, 2016
ISSUE | SMOKING Protect students As a high school student, I know tobacco companies market their products to me and my friends. Their latest tactic is to target us with products such as cigars and e-cigarettes. They use sweet flavors like gummy bear and watermelon and create slick ads to make these products seem cool. Unfortunately, these tactics are working. A new study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more high school boys in Pennsylvania smoke cigars than smoke cigarettes - 18.2 percent vs. 14.9 percent.
March 4, 2016
Makes 7 servings, or 21 cigars For the dip: 1 cup plain low-fat Greek-style yogurt 2 tablespoons low-fat milk 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 6 mint leaves, stacked, rolled, cut into thin ribbons (chiffonade) 1 tablespoon ground sumac 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Pomegranate molasses, for drizzling For the cigars: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 pound ground lamb 1 tablespoon tomato paste 11/2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses 3 tablespoons pine nuts 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley or cilantro Peanut or canola oil, for frying 7 sheets phyllo dough (14 by 18 inches)
November 26, 2014 |
THE FIRST and only time I met Pat Quinn, I was a college-age reporter covering a Flyers game as a fill-in for the Associated Press. It was Oct. 11, 1981, at the Spectrum. Ilkka Sinisalo became the first Flyer to score his first NHL goal on a penalty shot. The Flyers beat the Penguins, 8-2, but the story was Sinisalo. A large media crowd gathered around him in the postgame locker room. However, it soon became evident that Ilkka, who was from Finland, did not speak English well.
October 10, 2014 |
CIGAR, THE two-time Horse of the Year whose 16-race winning streak matched one of racing's greatest achievements, has died. He was 24. A release from Kentucky Horse Park said that Cigar died Tuesday night at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. Cigar won 19 of 33 starts and earned nearly $10 million but was best known for his incredible run of wins that made him the first horse to tie the record set by the legendary Citation.
September 20, 2013 |
New eatery in Wayne Radnor Township is getting an upgrade - what with White Dog Cafe's reopening after a fire, Peppercorn's recent debut, and the forthcoming Estia Taverna and Pietro's Coal-Oven Pizza coming to 200 Radnor-Chester Rd. in a few months. A week old is Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar (372 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 484-580-6725), a dramatic transformation of HogFish Bar & Grill and its predecessor, Flavor. It's dark and sexy in a chain sort of way, which is about right because Carmel has five locations in Florida.
August 13, 2012 |
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," Sigmund Freud supposedly once said. Whether he ever uttered the exact phrase, the observation is dead-on. We're often way too tempted to see things as symbols, even when we should be keeping our eyes on the actual ball. Or, in this case, Buckyballs and Zen Magnets – two "adult desk toys" that are the latest subject of one of today's most overused symbolic frames, Big Government vs. Small Business, spun by conservative politicians and right-wing Zen masters of indirection such as Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin.
September 1, 2011
GEORGES Perrier looks like he needs a hug. We're sitting at a table in Le Bec-Fin's grand dining room, gilded as ever, underneath those familiar, ornate chandeliers. We're drinking lukewarm mineral water as Perrier smokes what he calls a "cheap" cigar and fidgets with two pill bottles of prescription medicine. Outside, it's a gloomy, rainy afternoon in advance of Hurricane Irene. Inside, things aren't much sunnier. "I'm 67 years old," Perrier says. "Next year I might be dead. I am not the future.