January 15, 2015 |
Fancier than a suit blazer, yet lacking the formality of a tuxedo, the dinner jacket is back. But its millennial fit is tighter. And with elements borrowed from its laid-back, older brother the smoking jacket - velvety fabrications, shawl collars, satin trim and the occasional scarf as accessory - expect to see the jazzed-up menswear classic at both local charity balls and celebrity red carpets. It certainly held court with all things strapless and sweetheart at Sunday's Golden Globes.
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 19, 2014 |
Chef Luke Palladino, who has built a mini-empire at the Jersey Shore, has just opened Palladino's , an East Passyunk Italian steak/seafooder, at 1934 E. Passyunk Ave. (267-928-4339). It features sexy banquette seating (beneath padded walls) and intimate black-lacquer table seating, as well as a roomy, 12-seat bar (with 18 seated at high-tops) that looks into an open kitchen. Designer Scott Eccard opted for a muted color palette, exposed ductwork, and a warm orange ceiling. Palladino's collection of original Fornasetti plates hangs on one wall.
December 1, 2014 |
Hello there In September 2011, Carl's employer, Pennoni Associates in Philadelphia, sent their new structural engineer to Harrisburg for a three-week PennDot course in bridge inspection. Kathy's Western Pennsylvania company, Northwest Engineering, sent her to the same place. One rainy morning, she walked to class from her hotel, did her best to shake off the damp, and saw a classmate sitting with his shoes off. "Did you walk here in the rain, too?" she asked in commiseration.
November 29, 2014 |
The McBride family from Northeast Philadelphia started their Christmas season with a trip to Christmas Village on Thanksgiving Day. By 5:30 p.m., Dylan, 6, and Danny, 3 - both of whom are on Santa's "nice" list - were with their parents in the Macy's lobby on Juniper Street, waiting for the store to open. "Since we were here walking around, we figured we'd wait since the opening was at 6," said Robert McBride, the boys' father. Their mother, Jamie, had the day off for the first time in years.
November 27, 2014 |
What does it take to make Thanksgiving dinner for 1,000 people? About eight volunteers, and about 700 pounds of turkey, and equal portions of mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato pies and green beans. On Monday evening, a group from the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia began preparing homemade dinners they'll serve this Thanksgiving holiday. By Tuesday afternoon, they were finishing their prep work, which will be presented Thursday at the Salvation Army's Soups On!
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.