July 25, 2014
I WAS a teenage soda jerk. Nowadays, I'm just . . . a vegan columnist. Obviously, I don't drink the cow-derived milkshakes I used to guzzle at the end of a shift. But I still love the creamy goodness of a tall chocolate shake, minus the original's sad backstory. Fortunately, as I've predicted in earlier columns, vegan ice creams are proliferating in Philly. I know, ice-cream cones are fun, but those of us who want to mainline ice-cream deliciousness know that the milkshake is the format that delivers.
April 12, 2014 |
Bernard Hopkins, who won't turn 50 years old until next January, had a Thursday morning workout at Temple University, hitting the track at Geasey Field. "Doing some 880s," Hopkins said, maybe showing his age only when he measured the distance in yards instead of meters. "It was a good 40-minute run. A good blowout. If anybody knows 880s, you've got to be moving. " For part of it, Hopkins added, he dribbled two basketballs, working on rhythm and coordination. "Breaking the monotony of just running.
February 14, 2014 |
WHEN SIXERS general manager Sam Hinkie selected Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA draft, few expected the kid out of Syracuse to be the plum of the night. Paint me orange and call me crazy, but the 6-6 rangy point guard is on his way to being named the league's rookie of the year and will be one of only seven rookies heading to the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. Amazingly, only three of the top 11 players drafted are heading to the game.
August 2, 2013
The deal: Open since November, Brown Chicken Brown Cow in Pennsport serves the rich, dense, extra-creamy but not too sweet product of "Uncle Dave," the ice-cream maker at Yardley's Shady Brook Farm. The young, hip guys behind the counter say the most popular flavors are tiramisu, graham cracker, strawberry, Reese's cup and cappuccino chip. Details: 1321 S. 2nd St., open 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 215-992-9140, phillybcbc.com . Say it aloud: The shop's name sounds like a randy guitar riff - bow-chica bow-wow.
July 26, 2013
The deal: Lying in the shadow of Camden is Collingswood, a quaint little 'burb that draws on memories of small-town America with a main drag lined with small businesses and restaurants. In 2005, Stink Fisher and his wife, Connie, gave the town the perfect dining spot to match its retro atmosphere: The Pop Shop, a storefront diner with an authentic soda counter pulled from a shuttered Ohio dinette. Details: 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, N.J., Open 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 7:30 a.m.- 10 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
July 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Don't scream for ice cream. Just pick up your smartphone. Uber, the San Francisco start-up known for letting people order private drivers in sleek black cars using a smartphone app, is offering an ice cream-on-demand service - for one day only - in more than three dozen cities around the world, including Philadelphia, New York, London, Singapore, and Rome. Friday's stunt, an expansion of last year's ice cream promotion, comes in the midst of a sticky heat wave. Last year, people in seven U.S. and Canadian cities could use the Uber app to summon an ice cream truck hired by Uber to their location, provided they purchased a minimum number of treats.
July 19, 2013 |
For a generation, the main spot to answer the scream for local ice cream in Philadelphia was Bassetts at the Reading Terminal Market. Then Italian-chic Capogiro entered the scene with its flavor-forward gelato, followed by Franklin Fountain, with its old-timey soda fountain. But over the last few years, those three big names have seen increasing competition as more small-batch, locally made ice cream appears in neighborhoods around the city. Weckerly's in West Philadelphia, which debuted this year, offers French-style ice cream with a luscious, custardlike quality from the inclusion of egg yolks.
July 12, 2013
The place: La Michoacana, 231 E. State St., Kennett Square, 610-444-2996. The deal: Homemade ice cream in flavors inspired by the Mexican palate, including avocado, corn, cantaloupe, coconut and banana. A small cup (two scoops) costs $2.50. Homemade frozen pops and bolis (push-ups) start at $1.50 and come in even more interesting flavors. Think spicy mango, rompope (eggnog), pico de gallo, cajeta (a thick, sweet, caramelized milk) and tropical fruits like tamarind, guava, passion fruit and nance.
June 28, 2013 |
Indulge your sweet tooth with endless ice cream flavors on Saturday and Sunday at Penn's Landing while supporting a good cause at the 15th annual Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. From noon to 6 p.m., under one huge pavilion, taste samples from your favorite ice cream companies including Breyers, Turkey Hill, Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry, Philadelphia Water Ice Company, and more. Proceeds will go to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to help fight pediatric leukemia. The event is presented by the Joshua Kahan Fund.
June 27, 2013
The dish: The name of this annual event, now in its 15th year, is a mouthful. But so is the unlimited quantity of frozen treats you can consume for just seven dollars - $7! The deal: Go to Penn's Landing, look for the big white tent in the lot next to the Seaport Museum, pay, then line up at one of 20-some tables for scooped-to-order cups of Breyers, Haagen-Dazs, Bassett's, Turkey Hill, Ben & Jerry's and Jack & Jill, plus Philadelphia Water Ice, various frozen sweets on sticks and more.