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July 29, 1988 | By BEN YAGODA, Daily News Movie Critic
The philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote a book about the banality of evil. After seeing "Cocktail," I want to write one about the evil of banality. I know, I know. It's only a movie. But when a movie is as cliche-ridden, witless, numbingly dull, untrue to life, ill-acted, silly, poorly constructed shoddily written and vulgar as this one - all washed down with a score of second-rate rock music - you tend to overreact. "Cocktail," which was directed by the previously reputable Roger Donaldson ("Smash Palace," "No Way Out")
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2012
THE cocktail menu is now taken as a given, almost an article of faith. If you go to anyplace with a liquor license and any sort of ambition above that of Bud Lights or Jagermeister shots, there's probably going to be one, usually with drinks costing in the double digits. Go back only a decade or two, and you found very few places with cocktail menus. Just about the only places that had specialty cocktail menus were places like Chili's, Applebee's or other chains, with their cloying Mudslides and Appletinis and Cosmopolitans and gigantic Day-Glo Margaritas.
NEWS
January 10, 1987 | By JOSEPH R. DAUGHEN, Daily News Staff Writer
The dark-haired woman who accompanied mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Pomona, N.J., Thursday night has been identified by law enforcement sources as Colette Phillips, a 37-year-old former cocktail waitress. Phillips, who lives in Longport, N.J., has been seen in the company of Scarfo, 57, since at least November 1980, the sources said. After Scarfo was arrested by FBI agents at Atlantic City International Airport at Pomona, Phillips, wearing a black mink coat, drove off in a Mercedes without making any comment.
NEWS
June 6, 1994
Last week's apparent outbreak of amity among city leaders over school funding makes it seem more likely - though by no means certain - that City Council will finally pass a modest "cocktail tax. " This 10 percent tax on drinks sold in bars and restaurants won't by itself solve the schools' funding problems, but it is now a crucial component in the package put together to cover the school district's projected deficit by Mayor Rendell, the school...
NEWS
June 12, 2011
While the eating may be suspect at the Farmers' Cabinet, the libations are solid gold. The beer geeks will be in heaven with 26 stellar taps of unusual Euro suds, including cask renditions of rare salty, wheaty Swiss La Douze from BFM, among many others. But with a ragtime band pumping away, I was really channeling the pre-Prohibition cocktail inspirations from mix-mistress Phoebe Esmon. There are renditions of the classics (a tart whiskey sour amped up with egg whites and Yamazaki whisky)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2010
The culinary cocktail fad has spread - its emphasis on classics revamped with boutique liqueurs and surprising house-made mixers - into a required accessory for most striving new restaurants. And Adsum's moody bar, run by former Apothecary mixologist Preston Eckman, is no exception, with its own battery of infused wines, smoked blackberry syrups, house apricot liqueurs, and shaker-whipped eggwhite froths. But few of the cocktails here show the sharp kitchen cross-over moves of the genre quite as artfully as the Logical Consequence.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
OUT WITH the ironically bearded cocktail gurus bent on brown spirits. In with the boat drinks. Craft cocktails - drinks that put the emphasis on handmade, seasonal and customized ingredients - have spent the past decade dominating the adult beverage scene. Here, in a city known for libation-making (after all, the world wouldn't have intoxicating Fish House punch if it weren't for an 18th-century fishing club on the Schuylkill), cocktail trends play out in neighborhood bars and swank saloons near you. Lately, refined libations are turning from serious to fun.   Art in craft "There seems to be a playfulness happening," said Colin O'Neill, a sculptor-turned-mixologist at the highly regarded Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. speakeasy-style bar on 18th Street near Chestnut that's known for scrupulous mixology.
NEWS
December 22, 1994 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
A former Northeast Philadelphia plumber's five-year fight to overturn his conviction for being the notorious "Molotov cocktail bandit" has gone down the drain. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge James A. Lineberger not only denied Bruce Riffel's request for a new trial, but also sentenced the him to 30 to 60 years in prison on robbery, arson and related charges. Riffel, 36, of Sanger Street near Loretto Avenue, Frankford, used gasoline bombs and knives to terrorize and rob a series of convenience-store clerks, pulling the jobs between 2 and 5 a.m., in 1988, said Assistant District Attorney Tia Sutter.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1990 | By Nels Nelson, Daily News Theater Critic
Can there be the slightest doubt that "The Cocktail Hour," which bowed locally Wednesday night at Plays and Players under the auspices of the Philadelphia Theatre Co., is the closest A.R. Gurney play to Gurney's own true self? Does Heinz believe that pickles are delicious and refreshing? "The Cocktail Hour" is a play about a dramatist who has written a play called "The Cocktail Hour" which centers upon the author's own thinly disguised family - particularly his father and mother - and takes place during that cherished WASP social interval, the pre-dinner cocktail hour.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 1988 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
The bartender as a professional is a member of a noble, if unsung, breed. He is equal parts confessor, counselor and consoler. Who else but your neighborhood gin jockey dispenses wisdom such as "Women, can't live with 'em . . . can't kill 'em"? Or sagely observes of a cantankerous client: "I think his dogma has caught up with his karma. " The bartender is a psychologist of the nightlife crisis, a Samaritan who quietly sobers up the pub-crawler and gets him to walk out on his own two feet.
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BUSINESS
March 8, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Wolf's budget proposal Tuesday called for a modernization of State Stores to generate $185 million in additional annual profit by fiscal 2018. The dramatically increased profits would be used to make payments on a $3 billion bond issue designed to help close the $30 billion gap in the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System, according to Wolf's plan. Under it, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, endangered by Republican talk of privatizing the system, instead would have a monumental task - assuming it gains General Assembly approval.
NEWS
December 19, 2014
FORGET THE War on Christmas. If we truly want to move America into a new era of bipartisan, interfaith holiday tranquillity, we need to end the War on Eggnog. Strong in stance and swift in judgment, the anti-nog lobby in this country is formidable. Boldly disregarding their poor mothers' "if you can't say something nice" directives, members have turned the cowardly public trashing of this historic beverage into an art form. Mirth-filled mugs of cold-weather cheer, concocted with eggs, sugar, milk, wintry spices and enough hard liquor to raise Bukowski from the grave are now subject to rash attacks from the straight-hate side of the aisle.
FOOD
December 19, 2014 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
Unlike, say, Thanksgiving's green bean casserole, or Hanukkah latkes, what we drink during the winter season isn't necessarily rooted in immovable tradition and high-pressure expectation. And while a glass of supermarket eggnog never goes out of style for some folks, there's plenty of room for innovation in holiday cocktails. Swapping out spirits, going homemade with mixers, adding a new flavor profile with spices or different bitters - all can improve upon or reinvigorate the classics without radically disturbing the toddy-loving status quo. After all, these traditions exist for good reason.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2014
CACHACA OLD FASHIONED A simple cocktail that swaps out the bourbon traditionally used in this classic American drink for cachaca, a Brazilian sugarcane spirit. 2 ounce cachaca 1/4 ounce demerara simple syrup* 2 dashes vanilla bitters Combine ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and stir well. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. *Simple syrup made with demerara, an unrefined brown sugar. IMPRESSION, SUNRISE This equal-parts drink is a variation on the Waterlily, itself a variation on the classic Corpse Reviver.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
What's worse? Being traded in after 34 years by your Broadway producer husband for his decades-younger producing partner, or writing a musical revue about it? I'm going to go with writing the revue, Til Divorce Do Us Part , because getting dumped is painful, and while Ruthe Ponturo's ex seems like a real cad, at least without this show she still had her dignity. Ponturo attempts broad appeal, with tunes aping Cabaret or Oklahoma , but all that forced cheer becomes relentless, and after 26 songs, including "The Divorce Dirge," "The Other Woman," and "Holidays Suck," this empathy cocktail gets a very bitter taste.
NEWS
September 11, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In another part of town, the governor was behind closed doors hashing out an uncertain future for this ailing casino resort. But at this local pub overlooking a windswept bay, a trio of former Showboat cocktail servers from the graveyard shift gathered to puzzle out theirs. And it is still a puzzle, really, their sense of shock and loss like an uninvited guest they are trying to ignore. It feels uncomfortable to be cut off from an identity of three decades (yet there is physical comfort from the absence of the strain of the cocktail-server routine)
NEWS
August 22, 2014
QUEEN'S PARK SWIZZLE Bartender's note: "This one is a classic, my favorite tiki drink, because of its simplicity. It originated in The Queen's Park Hotel, Trinidad, during the 1920s - basically the grandmother of the mojito. A wonderfully rich rum cocktail that is refreshing, full of spice, and is as delicious as it is beautiful. The Angostura bitters line not only serves as an aromatic garnish, but also acts as a palate-cleansing last sip if left undisturbed while drinking. Very easy to make at home.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
OUT WITH the ironically bearded cocktail gurus bent on brown spirits. In with the boat drinks. Craft cocktails - drinks that put the emphasis on handmade, seasonal and customized ingredients - have spent the past decade dominating the adult beverage scene. Here, in a city known for libation-making (after all, the world wouldn't have intoxicating Fish House punch if it weren't for an 18th-century fishing club on the Schuylkill), cocktail trends play out in neighborhood bars and swank saloons near you. Lately, refined libations are turning from serious to fun.   Art in craft "There seems to be a playfulness happening," said Colin O'Neill, a sculptor-turned-mixologist at the highly regarded Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. speakeasy-style bar on 18th Street near Chestnut that's known for scrupulous mixology.
FOOD
May 2, 2013
A dishy design This pretty plate with Asian-inspired ginkgo blossoms is created with a wax relief technique that makes it more crafty than Crate & Barrel. Use the stoneware for display or that second helping of dumplings. - Cathy Rubin Akemi Green Platter, $6.95 for 12.5-by-6.5-inch plate at crateandbarrel.com. This is part of a collection that includes a 7-inch square plate as well as mini-dishes and a noodle bowl. Southern classic meets Brooklyn DIY Eric Prim and Josh Williams were college roommates, both with Southern roots, who found themselves hosting many a cocktail party and improvising with a Mason jar as their cocktail shaker.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013
There are 12,000 pieces in Drexel University's Historic Costume Collection, but curator Clare Sauro's eyes twinkle like metallic threads when she explains why a particular light blue, crushed-velvet sheath from the 1920s is ageless and of-the-moment awesome. "It's from the Callot Soeurs," Sauro said, holding the 87-year-old textile delicately between white-gloved fingers. She's referring to four French sisters considered among the earliest dressmakers to incorporate mixed media into their frocks of velvet, lace, and ribbons.
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