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.
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.
April 18, 2013
Makes 1 cocktail 2 ounces blanco tequila 1 ounce lime juice (fresh) 3/4 ounces simple syrup 1/2 ounces ginger/kale juice (see note) 1. Rim cocktail glass with lime, then line with Smoked Sea Salt (fine grade). Fill cocktail glass with ice. Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice. 2. Strain into cocktail class full of ice. Garnish with lime wheel and kale leaf. - Recipe courtesy of Mike DiTota Note: Ginger/kale juice is made by juicing fresh kale and ginger at a 1:1 ratio.
February 1, 2013 |
There are no exceptions - even on a cold, rainy night in January, you'll have to wait outside the unmarked door of Hop Sing Laundromat in Chinatown for entry. After the doorman comes out to check your party's IDs (don't try to enter with more than four people) and give you the once-over (don't wear sneakers or hats), you will, if you're lucky, make the cut to the next-level waiting room, where there are more rules (no cellphone photos, video, or talking), and finally to a table where there are yet more rules (cash only, two-drink minimum)
January 7, 2013 |
Tea, anyone? Actually, by the time Sunday night's Downton Abbey return is over, you may be wanting something a good deal stiffer. Maybe one of those newfangled "cocktails" that are all the rage in the spring of 1920 as the third season of this British delicacy begins. What's all this, then? Trouble in Yorkshire? Indubitably. Both in the drawing room and in the scullery. When last we visited the Crawleys, Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) were joyously celebrating their betrothal in a shimmering snowstorm.
November 29, 2012 |
While Black Friday shoppers were winding down frenzied searches for flat-screen TVs, designer Bela Shehu hosted a swank meet-and-greet at studio:christensen with Harper's Bazaar associate editor Lisa Luna. In total Shehu fashion, the designer toasted her new retail space on the biggest shopping day of the year, confident her customers - women who would rather wrap themselves in asymmetrical black cloaks than get caught up in the buttons of a tan trench - would come to the Rittenhouse studio to check out 30 new pieces of her NINObrand collection.
November 22, 2012
This snappy cocktail created by Vincent Stipo from Vernick Food and Drink provides just the tonic to the tension of getting the turkey on the table. Plan ahead and make the base in advance, then appoint a bartender to mix drinks. - Maureen Fitzgerald Boggy Collins Makes 1 cocktail 1 1/2 ounces Tito's Handmade Vodka (or other good-quality vodka) 2 ounces fresh cranberry puree (see recipe below) 1/2 ounce fresh lime Splash of ginger beer Orange wedge or peel (for garnish)
November 9, 2012
The 3rd annual Six Flags Grape Adventure at Six Flags Great Adventure (Route 537 West, Jackson, N.J.) has been rescheduled for noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sample wines from 12 Jersey vineyards, plus food, crafts and live music. A private safari tour, too. $20, $35 for wine/safari package. 732-928-1821, sixflags.com . Four days of celebratory events are planned for the new Kitchen Kapers store at the Marlton Square Shopping Center in Burlington County, N.J., including Thursday's Girls Night Out, with wine, cheese, gift bags and a holiday hors d'oeuvres demo by Chef Vivian Fiorentino of Nonna's Tuscan Restaurant (211 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, N.J., 856-795-1778, nonnascherryhillnj.com )
October 19, 2012 |
THERE ARE many experiential wrinkles in play during a visit to a craft cocktail bar. Baroque discussion of obscure aperitifs. Citrus peels set alight tableside. Raconteur barkeeps eager to share the cultural profile of a scotch you've not heard of before artfully cascading it into a chilled highball glass. All this whimsy, of course, is worthless if the drinks taste like death. If they're made right, by the right people with the right ingredients, it's never an issue. Until the bill comes.
October 17, 2012
The facade of a South Philadelphia house was damaged early Tuesday when two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the house, the Philadelphia Fire Department said. Emergency personnel responded to a call at 2:13 a.m. on the 500 block of Mifflin Street, Executive Chief Richard Davison said Tuesday. One Molotov cocktail had hit the door and ignited, while the other shattered a window but did not ignite. Firefighters controlled the blaze a few minutes later, he said, and no one was injured. Residents were still staying in the house despite the shattered front window, a charred door, and a strong odor of gas outside.