November 25, 2014 |
Newly arrived Iraqi refugee Razan Alkasey struggled Sunday to find the right words to explain the meaning of Thanksgiving. After recounting a harrowing escape from Baghdad with her four sons and a daughter and only a few belongings, Alkasey, 48, easily embraced the American holiday tradition and ticked off a list. "I thank God for freedom," she said. "I thank God we are all together. I thank God for everything, for giving me this opportunity to come here for a new life. " Alkasey was among about 200 refugees who attended a festive gathering to share a Thanksgiving meal at the Old Pine Community Center in South Philadelphia.
November 21, 2014
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, what kind of red wine should I get for Thanksgiving? Marnie: That depends on what you're serving. Is it the traditional holiday meal? Buzz: Yup. Turkey and ham, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes and stuffing - the works. Marnie: OK, Buzz, there's really only one thing to bear in mind, then, when you choose a wine. I know you prefer dry wines, but you should get something that tastes noticeably sweet. Buzz: I quit drinking Bali Hai and Mad Dog 20-20 in college.
August 22, 2014 |
The hegemony of the Blanc has been broken! The third annual Dîner en Blanc - a visually dazzling outdoor dinner at a yet-to-be-disclosed Center City landmark attended by 3,500 people dressed head to toe in white - won't be the only game in town Thursday night, at least when it comes to themed al fresco dinners. First held 26 years ago in Paris, Dîner en Blanc has become an institution in nearly 50 cities around the world. But last month, a splinter group of former Philly Blanc-ers (Blanc-ies?
August 15, 2014 |
Like every great home cook, Josephine Samuel has one legendary signature dish. "My mother showed me how to do fried chicken and how you make it taste real good," said Samuel, a Mantua resident. But, she added wistfully, "You can't eat fried chicken every night. " So, she enrolled in "Local Culinary Traditions," a new, free course offering from Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sports Management that invites West Philadelphia residents and any Drexel students to collaborate in documenting beloved family recipes and experimenting with making them healthier.
August 10, 2014 |
Cherry Hill appears to have arrived on the culinary front as South Jersey's latest foodie town. The township will host its first Restaurant Week - modeled after Philadelphia's but on a smaller scale - Sunday through next Saturday. "It's great for Cherry Hill to do something on its own," said Aldo Lamberti, owner of Caffe Aldo Lamberti at 2011 Route 70 W., one of the participants. "Of course, not just Cherry Hill people are coming to town. " Twenty-one other restaurants are taking part - located along Routes 70 and 38, and at Cherry Hill Mall and the Market Place at Garden State Park.
August 9, 2014 |
The morning of July 17, Dîner en Blanc opened final Web registration for those wishing to attend its annual pop-up picnic in Philadelphia on Aug. 21. About 10,000 people on a waiting list attempted to log in - and swiftly crashed Dîner en Blanc's registration system, based at international headquarters in Montreal. This was not the first time that the volunteer-run organization (DEB) has encountered online registration glitches over its now third year in Philadelphia. The event itself - whose location is disclosed only moments before its start - has run smoothly.
August 1, 2014 |
Dust off your dancing shoes, and whip out your summer whites: Collingswood, that little hub of hipster cool in Camden County, is holding its second annual Pop Up Gala on Sept. 6. Inspired by Dîners en Blanc, which began in Paris 1988 and spread to cities around the world, including Philadelphia, the gala is expected to attract hundreds of revelers, dressed all in white and toting all they need for an elegant D.I.Y. dinner. They will report to appointed locations in town on the night of the event.
July 11, 2014 |
Q: I invited this guy I'm talking to over for a home-cooked meal. I couldn't help but notice that he had really bad gas. At one point, it was so awful that it almost made me gag. But he never said anything. He just acted like everything was normal, and so did I. I live in a small apartment, so there was no escaping the rotten smell. I don't know whether it was the beef I served or maybe the vegetables. My stomach was churning a little bit, too. But whatever it was, I was completely grossed out. He wanted to make out, but I couldn't with that stench hovering in my apartment.
June 11, 2014 |
THE DINNER that launched a thousand tweets was not part of any sort of hazing, Lane Johnson said yesterday. In fact, the $17,747.86 tab he posted over the weekend for a "rookie dinner" at Del Frisco's was split among himself and fellow Eagles offensive linemen Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis, Johnson said. "I probably should have [given] it some clarity," Johnson concluded after the Eagles finished their organized team activity session on a steamy Monday afternoon. There are several themes one could pursue here, including conspicuous consumption/income disparity, with a group of football players racking up a dinner tab that equals at least several months' salary for some of their fans.
June 6, 2014 |
Even though the party didn't start till 5 p.m., Christian McKinney's grandmother and younger brother were waiting in the lobby of Lawton Elementary School at 3. "Do you want to help in the kitchen?" I asked Brandon, 9. "Me? he said with incredulous delight. "Mom-mom, Mom-mom, I get to help cook!" he cried, literally jumping up and down. For our last cooking class, each of my fifth-grade chefs had invited two guests for a dinner of buttermilk roasted chicken and pasta salad, the menu chosen from their favorite dishes of those we had cooked over the last nine weeks.