May 9, 2013
LAST MONTH, The Daily Meal proclaimed Ultimo Coffee "America's Best Coffee Shop. " To do so, the website had a panel of experts vote on "nearly 150 shops from coast to coast," it said, to seek out the best java, "food, atmosphere, customer service and the 'unique' factor. " Like some other top raters, Ultimo uses minimalist, beaker-looking, 3-cup Chemex pots to make morning batches. After 11 a.m., the Philly shops brew one cup at a time in ceramic Bee Drippers. Top-of-the-line La Marzocco machines create Ultimo's espresso and espresso drinks.
March 20, 2013 |
EVEN rock stars' moms bring snacks. At least Judy Moore , mom of Pink (a/k/a Doylestown's own Alecia Moore ) still does. Moore brought Rice Krispie treats to her daughter's Wells Fargo Center show Sunday, handing out her home-baked goodies to backstage revelers. Pink even shared the love, giving some to front-row fans. Pink had so much fun in her old stomping grounds, she's coming back to the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 6. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon March 30 on comcasttix.com.
March 1, 2013
"IT LOOKS LIKE A truck hit it. " That's not something anyone wants to hear or say, especially at 9 o'clock on a Monday morning. But there was no more succinct way to put it: Peter Woolsey's brand-new stove, custom-built for him in California and shipped across the country to his Queen Village Bistrot La Minette, was unsalvageable. While Woolsey was unsure how it happened, he was clear on the implications. A section of his shiny new Montague that houses the manifold meant to feed gas to each of this gorgeously tuned machine's dozen high-Btu burners, was harshly dented.
January 25, 2013 |
Developer Ori Feibush half believed he might run into Melissa Ketunuti's killer on the street Wednesday afternoon. Feibush, who owns the OCF Coffee House at 18th and South streets, was one of just a few people who had seen the face of the man who, late Monday morning, allegedly killed Ketunuti, a doctor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who lived around the corner from his shop. After days of poring through surveillance video from his coffee shop and other cameras he owns in the area, Feibush realized around 3 p.m. Wednesday that he had clear video of Jason Smith, a 36-year-old exterminator who was taken into custody for Ketunuti's murder at his Bucks County home Wednesday night.
January 12, 2013 |
It's easy for a bibliophile, or anyone, to get lost in Port Richmond Books, where hardcovers and paperbacks are packed on shelves, stacked in aisles, tucked into corners near the piano, the couch, the basketball backboard, and the ping-pong net. Interested in Philadelphia noir? Here's David Goodis' Shoot the Piano Player . Contemporary Irish literature? There's a whole wall of that, too. In fact, the sprawling 6,000-square-foot store, housed in a former silent movie theater, holds more than 75,000 titles, give or take 10,000.
November 13, 2012 |
Steven Cook and other partners in the doughnuts-and-fried-chicken icon Federal Donuts at 2nd Street below Federal, Pennsport, now have a second outlet at 16th and Sansom streets, Center City. Last week they opened a kosher eatery, Citron and Rose, on Montgomery Avenue in Merion Station. Cook, a Wharton grad and ex-investment banker, steps out of the kitchen to talk dough with us: Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Federal Donuts? A: A couple guys opened a coffee shop next to a restaurant we owned.
November 1, 2012 |
Once again, I awoke under the table. When you buy a gardener's cottage that sits deep in the woods on a purling creek, you don't fast-forward 24 years and think what that house would be like during a hurricane for the ages. Those shady trees become howling missiles. Small appliances jet by in that whitewater creek. So after the electricity went out the second time Monday - after the Scrabble by candlelight, the gas-cooked spaghetti alla carbonara and the growler of South Philly IPA - we staked places to sleep on the first floor as Sandy's unblinking eye headed our way. One son made his bunk in the den. The other flopped on a nearby couch.
October 31, 2012 |
Once again I awoke under the table. When you buy a gardener's cottage that sits deep in the woods on a purling creek, you don't fast-forward 24 years and think what that house would be like during a hurricane for the ages. Those shady trees become howling missiles. Small appliances jet by in that white-water creek. So after the electricity went out the second time Monday, after the Scrabble by candlelight and the growler of South Philly IPA, we staked places to sleep on the first floor as Sandy's unblinking eye headed our way. One son made his bunk in the den. The other flopped on a nearby couch.
October 20, 2012 |
Everybody used to call it The Strip, and it was an avenue worthy of the nickname. For decades, West Philadelphia's 52d Street was one of the city's premier boulevards, a regional retail magnet and an entertainment corridor with nightclubs, restaurants, and as many as five movie theaters. More recently, though, 52d Street has been, in the words of Mayor Nutter, "a hot mess. " Like so many of Philadelphia's neighborhood commercial districts, the 52d Street corridor was clobbered by the rise of malls and the overall decline of its surrounding residential neighborhoods.
September 28, 2012 |
The brew-haha over the cleaned-up, vacant lot next to the coffee shop owned by Point Breeze developer Ori Feibush may end this week. "I'm considering an option to lease the property, where my office will take over 100 percent liability of the lot and maintain it as public space," Feibush said Thursday. The lease would remain in effect until the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority sells the lot, on 20th Street, near Federal. Feibush has made no bones about the fact that he's been trying to buy it. "We want to make sure there is an open bidding process and that when the property does go up for auction, language [in the agreement]