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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
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
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...
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
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)
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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ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 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.
FOOD
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.
FOOD
February 1, 2013 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
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)
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
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