September 30, 2010 |
Two newcomers in Conshohocken are on opposite ends of town and approach. Isabella , a polished but casual Mediterranean, opens Thursday in a former shot-and-a-beer at 382 E. Elm St. (484-532-7470) under local developer Tom Richter. He has installed restaurant veteran Peter Dissin (Henry's and Crazy Horse Saloon, to name two from many years ago) and chef Michael Cappon (whose past includes Marathon and El Vez). Isabella is a knocked-out bi-level with vaulted ceilings and huge windows.
August 17, 2014 |
Teresa Shields Westkaemper lives in a sprawling four-bedroom house in Jenkintown with husband Paul Westkaemper and their three daughters. She is an accomplished watercolorist with a master's degree in fine art, and a very specific artistic sensibility: She loves circles and the colors red and blue. "I can't tell you why I like circles, but I always have, and I express them everywhere," she says. It makes sense, then, that after a renovation that included demolishing and rebuilding the rear of the structure, the Westkaemper home is blue in the front and has a red caboose, so to speak.
May 7, 2006 |
What we like: This Boyertown restaurant is unabashedly down-home, with a cheerful staff and casual atmosphere. The large, open dining room is paneled and beamed in a country version of chalet style. Plenty of seating awaits the mostly local crowd that wanders in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. What to watch for: A large waterwheel quietly churns in one of the three rooms. Installed 16 years ago, the wheel was made especially for the restaurant. Decorative plates featuring covered bridges - no two alike - line a ledge that rings the main dining room.
April 11, 2012 |
When Michael Vogel was studying architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, he would spend a lot of his free time building things in the school's furniture-grade wood shop. Ten years as an investment banker, first in New York and then in Philadelphia, did not dull the Elkins Park native's interest in woodworking. "I tried to get access to woodshops regularly, but always found closed doors," Vogel said. The shops he approached would cite wear and tear on the machines, or insurance concerns, or that Vogel would be getting in the way as reasons to shut him out. The alternative was signing up for classes at a woodworking school, thus having regular access to a shop, but his schedule would not allow him to commit to, for example, certain set hours every Monday night.
May 7, 2013 |
When Andreotti's Viennese Cafe opened in Cherry Hill in 1983, Marianne Andreotti would deliver her restaurant's seven-cheese spread to people sitting outside in their cars, waiting for a table. "We were so afraid they were going to leave," said Andreotti, whose father, Mark, started the restaurant on Route 70, then primarily a pastry shop with lunch seating. The patrons stayed, and the Andreottis expanded, over the years adding a dining room, piano, bar, and dance floor. The space evolved, but the traditions remained, including free hors d'oeuvres and desserts and music and dancing on Saturday nights.
June 13, 2011
A 72-year-old man died in a house fire in Northwest Philadelphia Sunday night. The man was found in the dining room of his home in the 7000 block of Georgian Road in the city's West Oak Lane section. The house was fully engulfed in fire when firefighters arrived at 7:36 p.m. The fire was under control in under 20 minutes, according to police. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Jeff Shields
September 20, 2000 |
The landmark Mickey Rooney's Tabas Hotel was hopping again yesterday, but the scene was far different from the old days, when Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Bobby Rydell packed them in to Downingtown's version of a borscht-belt resort. Yesterday's crowd did not want to bring down the house - they wanted to take it with them. "Everything goes," said auctioneer Barry Slosberg. "If you see something you want, just yell out. " Helen Ekaro of East Lansdowne took the fountain in the lobby of the Lancaster Avenue landmark.
June 23, 2014 |
Looking down from the wall of the dining room of Fred and Elizabeth Walker's home in Wyndmoor are Jean Baptiste and Francoise Verdenal, who came to the United States from France in 1830 and made their way to St. Louis before ultimately traveling in a covered wagon to California, where they settled in 1852. "They were my ancestors, many generations back," Fred Walker says. "My mother gave me the portraits, which had been sitting in her attic for years, and we restored them and set them on our wall of our new house here.
March 8, 2014 |
Kitchen design used to be simple: It was all about the work triangle, allowing the cook to move efficiently from refrigerator to range to sink. Now, though, designers have more complex calculations to make. After all, the work triangle never accounted for the second island, the extra prep sink, or the double oven - or where to situate the love seat, fireplace, tablet-docking station, and flat-screen television. "It's quite a revolutionary time in kitchens," Philadelphia kitchen designer Joanne Hudson said.
March 10, 1991 |
Some words of advice to the folks at the new Ritz-Carlton: Less is more, guys. Trust me on that one. At two recent review meals at the new Center City hotel, I kept hoping that the young and enthusiastic staff would just back off a bit, leaving us to enjoy our meals relatively uninterrupted by their eager attempts to please. And that the talented kitchen crew could do a little less in the way of decorating every plate to the point where I wasn't sure whether I should eat or frame some courses.