March 17, 2011
A proper red-eye gravy gets its bold richness in part from a dose of strong black coffee. Shawn Sollberger, chef and co-owner of the new Northern Liberties pub Gunners Run, combines his grandfather's technique for chicken-fried steak with his North Carolina neighbor's red-eye gravy recipe. Instead of adding ham to the gravy, as is the norm, Sollberger crumbles bacon into the oil he uses to pan-fry the top round steak. He deglazes the pan with coffee. It's served with sauteed spinach and black-eyed peas.
December 5, 1997 |
When did the men I'm attracted to begin drinking decaf? It seems that only yesterday, these rugged individualists could enjoy a cup of strong coffee - sometimes even two or three - and suffer no ill effects. Now, they're all taking antacids and stacking bricks under the headboard to prevent acid reflux. Last week at my local bagel shop, I spotted a rather dashing man, in his late 40s or early 50s, who glided up to the counter in jeans and work boots and ordered a large coffee. I thought he was a keeper until he sheepishly added in a whisper, "and make that half decaf.
November 15, 1989 |
It's happening again. The medical messages are flying fast and furious. First it was oat bran, discredited as a magic bullet against clogged arteries. Now it's decaffeinated coffee - that's right, decaf - accused this week of boosting blood cholesterol. Exercise is good for you. Getting up suddenly in the middle of the night may be bad for you. Shoveling snow may be no worse than other exercise. Take an aspirin every two days (but maybe you don't need it). And welcome to confusion over some of the major medical issues of our lives.
March 29, 1989 |
The flavor and aroma of coffee can be as complex and variable as wine - but oh, so much more affordable. The art and technology involved transmuting the "cherries" picked from the tree into a cup of coffee are practically magical. And the world coffee market with its international agreements between producers (mostly in the Third World) and importers (mostly developed nations) is full of foreign intrigue. About half of us drank coffee last year compared to three-quarters in 1962, America's peak coffee drinking year, according to the International Coffee Organization's 1988 Winter Coffee Drinking Study.
January 10, 2007 |
Interoffice memo To: National Football League From: Roger Goodell, commissioner Re: Bringing more women to football Good morning. As you know, in 2006 I was named NFL commissioner. It has been a challenge, taking the reins after my friend and mentor Paul Tagliabue's departure. There have been some tough decisions to make. Which way to face the desk in my office. Whether to offer both decaf espresso and decaf cappuccino in the staff lounge. But something occurred to me the other day after I heard that the 2006 Super Bowl drew 20 million female television viewers ages 18 to 49 - nearly 44 percent of all people in that age group who watched the game.
July 2, 2001 |
Bow down to Eminem, Dido fans! Were it not for the notorious rapper, the enticing chanteuse who headlined a decaf latte triple bill at the quarter-full Tweeter Center in Camden on Friday would not be the trip-hop singer of choice to American audiences. Last year, the impolite Slim Shady's sampling of the decorous Brit's "Thankyou" on "Stan" led to the release of "Thankyou" as a single. Presto!: Dido's two-year-old No Angel became a three-million-selling hit among the Starbucks set. Thus, the wholesomely soulful vocalist born Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong - Dido is the mythological queen of Carthage in Virgil's Aeneid - found herself atop a pleasantly lightweight bill that included insubstantial Scottish quartet Travis and Bjork-damaged Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini.
July 26, 2002 |
WORK OUT WITH my personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness, then stop at Starbucks and pick up a decaf soy venti latte, no foam. Aaahhh, good. Go home, strip off my Nike sweats and shower with Victoria's Secret Raspberry Gel. Throw on my Calvin Klein jeans, Tommy Hilfiger T-shirt and Reeboks, then stroll downdown for a little shopping. Go to the Gap, Casual Corner and 9 West. Looking for something unique. Something different. At Old Navy, find the latest in hip nightwear - flannel bottoms.
September 7, 2005
Editor's note: A version of this editorial appeared in an early edition of Monday's Inquirer. Ah, the joy of it all: Sitting in a Starbucks last week, sipping an espresso macchiato and spotting a news story that proclaims that coffee has far more antioxidants than anything else we eat or drink. Antioxidants, of course, are the Patriot missiles of our internal system, seeking out and neutralizing so-called free radicals that can damage cells and hence make us vulnerable to a host of chronic diseases.
September 30, 1998 |
Blue patooties & martinis Congrats to Chef Anthony Arbeeny for his clever potato bar menu at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. High atop the hotel in the gorgeous, domed Ethel Barrymore Room on the 19th floor, you can sip martinis and nibble on the most innovative late-night nosh. When? Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. What, exactly? Whipped Peruvian blue potatoes, served in martini glasses with your choice of topping - salmon caviar, Tobiko caviar, truffles in oil, smoked salmon, creme fraiche, red onion, chives or tomatoes - for a reasonable $6 per glass.
July 8, 1999 |
What do you call a decaf latte with skim milk? A "Why Bother?" To hear the Sabbath windbags tell it, the Republican presidential primary is the decaf skim latte of political contests. George W. Bush has $36.2 million in his pocket and a pedigree perfecttly suited to the dynastic penchant of the Republican Party. Political analysts swoon before that combination like tweens at an 'N Sync concert. Why bother, indeed, with those tedious primaries? Let George the Younger pass Go, collect another $36 million in donations from public-spirited Americans and head directly to Philadelphia to nibble canapes and pick up his crown.