September 21, 2012 |
FOR CHEFS, the number 86 holds such a sinister, teeth-chattering connotation that the eight might as well be replaced with double sixes. It's restaurant slang for a dish or ingredient that's been completely shot, a state of cupboard's-bare vulnerability brought about by poor planning, lackluster resource management, an unexpected slam of business or any combination of these things. Marshall Green speaks for most chefs when he calls a kitchen hampered by a list of nixed items his "absolute worst nightmare.
February 4, 1987
An editorial published Monday about the Philadelphia Planning Commission's building-height proposals improperly failed to note that Mayor Goode's 1984 "skyscraper zone" was an interim concept. It was intended to control building heights until a Center City master plan with height rules was completed by the commission, working with the mayor's administration.
September 13, 1987 |
A concept drawing to expand the Longwood Inn restaurant and motel from 30 to 184 rooms was approved by the East Marlborough Township Planning Commission Tuesday night. Ted Skiadas, owner of the inn on Route 1, east of Schoolhouse Road, presented a land development concept calling for expansion over 10 acres - two two-story buildings with a total of 80 motel rooms, three buildings with a total of 48 suites and 26 townhouse-style cottages. The commission approved the concept by a 4-to-2 vote, and Skiadas said he would bring the concept before the supervisors at their meeting tomorrow.
August 13, 1987 |
Members of the Oxford Circle Townwatch were among townwatch groups in the Northeast that participated in the fourth annual National Night Out Tuesday to get people involved in fighting crime. The townwatch concept urges neighbors to watch each other's properties and to notify authorities when things seem wrong or out of place. Homeowners had been asked to turn on their outside lights and to sit on their porches during the event.
May 17, 2012 |
Revel, Revel, Revel . . . . That's all the noise one hears these days coming from the Jersey Shore - especially when it concerns new prospects for dining. Granted, the gleaming $2.4 billion tower of Atlantic City's latest casino resort is hard to miss. And with more than a dozen restaurant concepts involving some very big names, its spring debut has no doubt been the biggest food news to hit this casino town since the Borgata began A.C.'s high-end remake. Jose Garces should have Philadelphians' attention right off the bat with three restaurants: an outsize version of Amada with ocean views and flamenco; a jumbo Village Whiskey clone for gourmet burgers and booze; plus Nuevo Mex concept with a Distrito Cantina serving margaritas and a replica Guapo's Taco truck.
July 31, 2011
The Inquirer is dramatically revamping its commentary pages starting Monday. The old concept of separate editorial and op-ed pages is being replaced by a new design that melds the two. Look for even livelier pages that include same-day responses to editorials and more interaction with the Editorial Board's "Say What?" blog, which you can find at www.philly.com/opinion . But don't let the new format fool you. Your favorite features and writers will be here, and some new ones added, including a daily poll.
March 29, 2011
Paul Baran, 84, whose work with packaging data in the 1960s is credited with playing a role in the later development of the Internet, died of complications from lung cancer Saturday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. Baran, who was raised in West Philadelphia and earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University, is best known for the idea of "packet-switching," in which data are bundled into small packages and sent through a network. He outlined the concept while working on Cold War issues for the Rand Corp.
January 8, 1986 |
Every now and then, I like to suggest surefire concepts by which you readers can make millions of dollars without doing any honest work. Before I tell you about the newest concept, I'd like to apologize to those of you who were stupid enough to attempt the previous one, which, as you may recall, involved opening up Electronic Device Destruction Centers. The idea there was that consumers would bring their broken electronic devices, such as television sets and VCRs, to the destruction centers, where trained personnel would whack them (the devices)
July 12, 2002 |
"Music from all over the world, not just one sound," is the concept behind AfroRikan Vybe, set for the first Friday each month at Fluid, says Dennis Perez, who spins with Rich Medina. "I thought Philly needed that. " Three years ago, Perez fathered AfroRikan Vybe, recruiting Medina and Eric Colon. It started as a weekly party, though as of late, it has been curtailed to once a month. Perez, from Brooklyn, thought his concept would get lost in New York's night scene, so he brought it to Philly.
May 31, 2011 |
NEW YORK - A new, posthumous story of science gone wrong is coming in November from the late Michael Crichton, with help by Richard Preston. Crichton, author of such blockbusters as Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain , died in 2008 having written one-third of Micro , a thriller about a biotech company in Hawaii and the graduate students who end up stranded and endangered in a rain forest. Preston, known for his best-selling nonfiction work about the Ebola virus, The Hot Zone , used Crichton's outline, reference materials, and notes to finish the book.