December 31, 2014 |
Philly rapper Freeway has invested in a product close to his roots, literally. The 36-year-old rapper has debuted his contribution to manscaping with the release of his All Natural Best Beard cream. Packaged in silver tins, the handcrafted creams come in an assortment of scents, from sweet blueberry to the limited-edition holiday spice that smells like nutmeg. As of late, men have been saying so long to the chin strap, the goatee, and the soul patch as more have been growing full-on thick beards of glory.
December 19, 2014 |
The holiday season is a time when I want to impress friends and family with a special meal, but I don't want to miss all the fun and socializing and arrive at the table sweaty and exhausted. Since I want the meal to register a notch above a typical supper, I've learned it's best to plan a menu that can be prepared largely ahead of time, with a few quick trips to the kitchen during cocktail hour. Rich, indulgent ingredients like red meat, red wine, cream, and chocolate can make the simplest dishes taste extraordinary, and they're the perfect way to savor a celebratory meal during a cold, dark winter evening.
December 7, 2014 |
A few things I adore: butter pecan ice cream, fresh-baked sourdough bread, and peaches. A few things I no longer eat: butter pecan ice cream, fresh-baked sourdough bread, and peaches. (OK, I did indulge in a scoop of homemade butter pecan in Cape May over the summer, which I downed in record time. But it was the first time I had eaten ice cream in a year.) I'm not talking about giving up gluten or going on a weird crash diet. Not even about the currently trendy paleo lifestyle.
November 21, 2014 |
My Philadelphia childhood straddled two unlikely culinary traditions: the fertile fields of Lancaster County and Boston's briny North Shore. Maybe not so odd, after all. Both championed fresh, local ingredients that were unpretentiously prepared. Our food looked exactly like what it was, and it was delicious. Why ruin it with fancy stuff, even on holidays? From Mom's roots in Ephrata, Pa., came Cope's dried corn, crunchy coleslaw with hard-boiled eggs and cream, and - oh man, the desserts!
September 16, 2014
C OLEMAN and Ilene Poses, of West Mount Airy, founded Chilly Philly Ice Cream in 1998. Coleman, 66, retired last month from research and information management in the city's Department of Behavioral Health. Ilene, 63, is a retired special-education teacher in the Philadelphia School District. I spoke with Coleman. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Chilly Philly? A: We came back from a vacation in 1995 and learned that Breyers had decided to leave the city. That upset me because I grew up close to their plant [in West Philadelphia]
August 8, 2014 |
IT'S BEEN a coupla seasons since the People Paper started exploring Philly's ice-cream frontier. Hasn't always been easy going. (OK, yes it has.) It's been . . . delicious. Before summer's done for, our stuffed reporters are sharing 10 top Scoops - flavor faves, if you will. If you won't? It's all good. As Eric Berley, of Old City's Franklin Fountain, said, "What's fun about ice cream is, it draws out the best in people. " Chocolate ( cioccolato scuro ), Capogiro 4 Philly locations Looks like deep, dark devil's food cake batter.
August 1, 2014
DO NOT SHAKE your head in disgust or pity when I tell you that today's column is about beer floats. Instead, grab some real ice cream and try one for yourself. Just pour half a bottle of any decent brew into a glass, plop in a scoop and dip in with a spoon. Believe me - it's that simple. True, the beer float seems a desecration. Deflowering a perfectly innocent bowl of vanilla ice cream with an adult beverage is likely illegal in several states. But beer and ice cream were destined for each other, as underscored by a fortuitous development this year that saw new dessert brands from two local breweries, Yuengling and Victory.
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.