June 30, 2011
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: Sorry about the two-week hiatus - I was down the Shore doing some serious research on beach eats. You can read the first installment of that annual two-part Shore package Sunday, which features some truly great meals from Cape May to L.B.I., and several noteworthy stops in between. One is the OC Boardwalk, where a pair of very new coffee bars have given me hope in a coffee desert. The brand-new Three Fish window at the southern end (1322 Boardwalk)
September 14, 1993 |
For a couple of decades, one of the coolest anecdotes in Philadelphia pop music lore had The Temptations dragging a teen-age Daryl Hall and his group, The Temptones, down to South Street to pick up magenta sharkskin suits at Krass Brothers. Born Daryl Franklin Hohl in Pottstown, the lanky towhead knew from witnessing numerous R&B shows at the Uptown Theater that any self-respecting vocal act was nothing without natty attire. Now Hall wants to set the record straight. "It was actually a purple mohair suit," Hall said.
May 3, 2008 |
Coffee drinkers who grab a cup of coffee at the local Wawa will have to shell out 6 cents more starting Monday. "We posted signs in stores this week as a courtesy. So many customers are in a hurry and have exact change ready," said Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce. So a cup of coffee at Wawa's 568 convenience stores in five states will cost $1.15 for 12 ounces, $1.25 for 16 ounces, $1.35 for 20 ounces and $1.45 for 24 ounces. Wawa, based in Delaware County, says it sells 195 million cups of coffee annually.
October 2, 2008
Q: Is prime rib the same thing as a rib-eye steak? If so (or if not), would I prepare them the same way? I enjoy listening to your NPR radio show. Your expertise is greatly appreciated. - Thomas C. A: Thomas, you have brought up an issue most people do not have a clear understanding of that is the subject of much debate. Wars have been waged over less. I'm not talking about the difference between prime rib and rib-eye, I'm talking about my expertise. That being said, and since I have your vote of confidence, let's get down to the bare bones here.
March 15, 1992 |
Strapped to a steel cross, black rosary beads piled on his chest, his arms outstretched and draped with intravenous tubes, serial killer Steven Brian Pennell was executed yesterday by lethal injection. Pennell, 34, had no last words. His chest heaved once as deadly drugs coursed through his veins and two clergymen held his shoulders. The 10-minute procedure inside a windowless, brown trailer on the grounds of the sprawling Delaware Correctional Center was the first execution in Delaware since 1946 and the first in the three-state region in 29 years.
September 2, 1994 |
Several windows and doors at the Buck Hill Inn have been smashed in by vandals, and the openings have been crudely covered with plywood. The once magnificent gardens and terraces are overgrown with weeds. Inside are eerie tableaux from happier times, when the Buck Hill Inn was one of the premier resorts in the Poconos. Firewood is still stacked beside the fireplace in the Green Leaf Library and has been since October 1990, when the inn's owners unceremoniously evicted guests and closed the doors.
July 26, 1998 |
It's a humid Wednesday night in July, and at least 50 young people are lined up outside a jam-packed bar called the Gingerbread Man, waiting to get inside for half-price drinks. The artist formerly known as Prince blares from the sound system inside. A young male voice from the crowd booms toward the two bulked-up bouncers at the door: "Let us in! This is how riots get started!" It is just a joke, but no one laughs. Two weeks ago, Beaver Avenue, around the corner, made history as the site of the worst riot in Pennsylvania State University history.
June 11, 1996 |
This is what it has come to. Coffee-flavored sodas. Soda-flavored coffees. Caffeine-spiked water. Chocolate-covered coffee beans. That's what happens when an entire generation bails out on the National Drink. You have to be wily indeed to woo them back. Somewhere in the '80s, plain, ordinary coffee lost out to soft drinks and water among the young. "Back in 1962," reports Robert Nelson, president of the National Coffee Association, "75 percent of American adults drank coffee.
May 6, 1992 |
In households where leftover coffee gets poured down the drain because it acquires a bitter taste from sitting on the heat too long, the Full Circle Coffee Ring is a welcome new gadget. A small, doughnut-shaped disc made of silicon rubber, the little device is simply glued (it has its own adhesive) to the bottom of a drip-style coffee carafe. There, it traps the hot air between the pot and the heat disc, so the coffee heats more evenly. Used in the food-service industry for two years, it's now being sold for home use at Lechter's housewares, Waldbaum's and A&P. Each flexible little ring costs $1.98 and will last about six months (until the adhesive starts to wear out)
August 18, 2004 |
Elizabeth Callaghan is a lawyer and sociologist who teaches at Ithaca College You go to a McDonald's drive-through, get a cup of coffee, and park the car. You place the cup between your legs to steady it so you can add cream and sugar, and in the process, spill the contents. You suffer third-degree burns requiring a seven-day hospital stay and painful skin grafts. A doctor later says they are the worst injuries he's ever seen from a liquid burn. The medical bills amount to a staggering $20,000.